The Increasing Construction Labour Shortage

Updated: Jul 19

Construction has bounced back quicker than expected from the Covid-19 pandemic. By 2025, the industry will need to recruit an additional 217,000 new workers just to meet demand. (Construction Skills Network, 2021-25).

However, the number of job applications for construction roles has crashed by more than

10% this year. In the second half of 2020, there were more than 350,000 applications for construction vacancies. But, in the first half of 2021, the number is around 315,000. (Randstad) Randstad continued saying the number of jobs it will post in the first six months of 2021 could be as much as 40% higher than in the second half of 2020.


The clear issue being there are fewer applicants for more jobs.

So what is causing this labour shortage?

Brexit, The furlough scheme and IR35 have all been listed as contributing factors.

The combination of EU workers emigrating because of Brexit, the extension of the furlough scheme to the end of September and the introduction of the IR35 tax reforms have coalesced to tighten the construction industry’s labour supply.

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