THe Industry is facing a time bomb if it fails to replace retiring workers

    More than 400,000 highly experienced and skilled workers are set to retire within the next 5 to 10 years.

    The labour market research, published by the Office of National Statistics, shows that across the UK:

    • 19% (equivalent to 406,000 people) of the UK construction workers aged 55+ are set to retire in the next 5-10 years;
    • 24% (equivalent to 518,000 people) of UK construction workers aged 45–54 are set to retire in the next 10-20 years;
    • 37% of the UK construction workforce is self-employed and 23% (equivalent to 182,800 people) of those are set to retire from the industry in the next 5-10 years;
    • The East Midlands and the South West will be particularly hit, with 22% of construction workers (equivalent to 31,900 people in the East Midlands and 39,500 people in the South West) set to leave the industry over the next 5-10 years;
    • Greater London, with the largest number of construction workers in the UK (318,000 people), is set to perform better than the rest of the UK in terms of the average proportion of workers leaving the sector: 12% (equivalent to 38,500 workers) over the next 5-10 years;

    The number of people retiring in Scotland and Wales in the next 5-10 years is set to be similar to the total number of people retiring in the North East and South West combined (approximately 56,000 people).

    Jobs most in demand in the industry include: bricklayers; plumbers; project managers; engineers, carpenters, joiners and architects.

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