This would put some of the country’s biggest infrastructure and construction projects under threat, RICS has warned. It has cautioned that for Brexit to succeed, it is essential to secure continued access to the EU Single Market or to put alternative plans in place to safeguard the future of the property and construction sectors in the UK.
Latest RICS figures show that eight per cent of the UK’s construction workers are EU nationals, accounting for some 176,500 people. Thirty per cent of the construction professionals surveyed revealed that hiring non-UK workers was important to the success of their businesses.
The UK is already in the grip of a construction skills crisis. While some overseas professionals such as ballet dancers are regarded as critical by the UK government, and are therefore prioritised during the visa application process, construction professions have not yet been added to the ‘UK Shortage Occupations List’.
RICS is warning that this could already be placing the UK’s predicted £500 billion infrastructure pipeline under threat and must be addressed as a priority.
When asked about the effectiveness of current plans to address the UK’s long-term skills shortages, 20 per cent of respondents felt that apprenticeship schemes were not effective at all.
RICS is calling on the UK Government to secure a Brexit deal that supports the construction, property and land sectors by laying out a clear timeline and set of ambitions; attracting private infrastructure investors; providing access to a skilled international workforce among other recommendations.
Ireland will need 15,200 electricians, 7,800 bricklayers, 11,800 plumbers, 30,800 carpenters and joiners, 13,900 plasterers and tilers, 9,400 painters and decorators, 9,600 managers, 18,100 operatives, and 27,600 general labourers by 2020, the CIF says. - See more at: https://ireland-constructionjobs.com/blog/5/construction-jobs-in-ireland/#sthash.KoXeLQGV.dpuf