ACCORDING TO December’s Office for National Statistics figures, the number of job vacancies now available in the construction industry is back up to pre-Covid levels.
Up 43% on the last quarter, there are 26,000 vacancies currently available in the sector. Construction is one of only three industries that has seen an increase in vacancies overall since the same time a year ago.
Almost a thousand of those vacancies have recently been uploaded to the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (Construction TRS). A national portal for construction jobs and free to access for employers and candidates, it is straightforward to search, view and apply for jobs. The recruitment platform was launched by the Government, construction industry groups and businesses earlier this year and is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Chris Jarman, Director of the Construction TRS, says: “Every week we get another 200 live vacancies advertised on our platform.
“From electricians and forklift drivers, to site managers, customer services, project managers, engineers and office administrators – every sort of role you could imagine is here, and the demand from businesses is strong.
“Employers with vacancies range from large contractors, housebuilders and engineering firms through to a vast array of smaller regional and local businesses throughout the UK.
“My advice to anyone who’s looking for a new role in construction is to go to the Construction TRS website and upload your CV today.
“You can search for jobs in your trade or profession in your geographic area and you can sign up for alerts to be told when new jobs are advertised. It’s completely free of charge and is simple to use.”
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Sarah Beale, chief executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), says: “Throughout the pandemic UK construction has worked hard to stay open. There is a very strong demand for skilled people in our industry – the number of vacancies is back to where it was before the pandemic hit. And with the level of government investment in infrastructure, new homes and retrofitting for reducing carbon, we are expecting a big recruitment drive in the New Year. There’s a wide range of opportunities available – so get registered and be the first to see them.”