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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2017-2021 - Greater London

London’s total construction output is forecast to rise by annual average of 2.4% over the next five years. New work is expected to fare better than repair and maintenance (R&M). Construction employment is anticipated to increase by an average yearly rate of 1.3%, whilst at 0.9% of base 2017 employment, Greater London has one of the lowest annual recruitment requirements (ARR) relative to the size of its construction market.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the Infrastructure sector in the short term, by 16%
  • Employment is forecast to grow by an annual average of 1.3% 
  • The Greater London has an average recruitment requirement of 3,870

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 Greater London are:

  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff – 1,530
  • Civil engineers - 430• Senior, executive and business process managers - 350
  • Other construction process managers – 280
  • Construction trades supervisors - 280

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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