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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2017-2021 - Yorkshire and Humber

Construction output in Yorkshire and Humber is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.5% between 2017 and 2021, as opposed to 1.7% at the national level. This represents a substantial downgrade compared to last year’s projection of an increase of 2.4% a year in the five years to 2020. 

  • Growth is expected to focus on the infrastructure sector at 1.5% in the short term
  • Employment is forecast to remain stable with an annual average of -0.1% 
  • Yorkshire and the Humber has an average recruitment requirement of 1,860

What does this mean for construction jobs? 

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years, in the Yorkshire and the Humber, are:

  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff – 380
  • Wood trades and interior fit out staff - 380
  • Labourers - 180
  • Senior, executive, and business process managers - 160
  • Other construction process managers - 140

What’s CITB doing to bridge the gap? 

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs. 

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

CITB is also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding.

How can you benefit? 

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.

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