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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2018-2022 - Wales

Welsh construction is projected to see the strongest annual average output growth of any of the regions and devolved nations.  It remains the case that expansion will be driven primarily by strong growth in the infrastructure sector, of around 14% a year on average.

  • There will be strong growth in the infrastructure sector in Wales at nearly 14%
  • Employment in Wales is expected to grow at an annual average of 2.1% well above the UK rate of 0.5%
  • An average recruitment requirement of 2,450

Download a summary of the Wales CSN report (PDF 173 KB) Download a summary of the Wales CSN report in Welsh (PDF 136 KB)

Download the full CSN report for Wales (PDF 1.4 MB)

Download the full CSN report for Wales in Welsh (PDF 1.3 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 Wales, are:

  • Wood tradespeople and interior fit-out staff – 410
  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff – 280
  • Other construction professional and technical – 260
  • Bricklayers – 220
  • Labourers - 220

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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