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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2018-2022 - South East

The South East’s total construction output is forecast to rise by an annual average of 1.1% over the next five years, just below the UK average of 1.3%. The public housing sector is expected to see the greatest annual average expansion of 3.5% between 2018 and 2022. The region’s construction employment is anticipated to increase by an average yearly rate of 0.8%, above the UK rate of 0.5%. The annual recruitment requirement is at 2,250.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the commercial sector in the short term (2018-2019), by 8.7%
  • Employment is forecast to grow by an annual average of 0.8%
  • The South East  has an annual recruitment requirement of 2,250

Download a summary of the South East CSN report (PDF 170 KB)

Download the full CSN report for the South East (PDF 1.4 MB)

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 South East are:

  • Other construction professional and technical staff - 370
  • Painters and decorators – 330
  • Other construction process managers – 260
  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff - 200
  • Construction project managers - 160

What’s CITB doing to bridge the skills 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. Go Construct is a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

We are 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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