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Opportunities for contractors in construction and other associated industries have risen steeply over the past twelve months according to giant group.

The umbrella employment provider’s latest analysis of its contractor database found that roles in architecture, building services and civil & structural engineering have all climbed year-on-year.

A number of high-cost projects have been commissioned over the past few years including the development of Google’s new £650m headquarters in King’s Cross, and the ongoing CrossRail initiative which have created roles for contractors in a range of areas. However, a recent report from The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, (RICS) reveals that two-fifths of its members have had to turn away projects because of the “dearth of talent” in the field. According to the figures, almost 27,000 projects could be affected by 2019.

Matthew Brown, managing director of giant group, discussed the findings:
“Construction and its allied industries were always likely to prosper once the economic outlook improved and so these findings aren’t entirely surprising. And while it’s encouraging to see such wide scale investment, the growing skills shortage could reach crisis point if action isn’t taken soon. Roles in construction and civil engineering have been listed on the Tier 2 shortage occupation list, suggesting that businesses are already relying on overseas talent as a result of the lack of UK based experts.”

“Consequently, firms, and the Government, need to do considerably more to encourage youngsters to enter these fields to prevent a severe people crisis further down the line.”

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