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Umbrella company contractors working within the construction industry will be pleased to learn that demand is on the rise for those trading in the sector.

According to latest findings from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), more than six in ten recruitment agencies (63%) say that demand for temporary construction workers has increased over the last year.

Seven in ten (69%) say that the shortage of bricklayers, labourers and other tradesmen is now the first or second most significant risk to their business.

Looking ahead, construction recruiters predict that a vote to leave the EU would worsen the shortage of candidates. Fifty-nine per cent say that a Brexit would make it more difficult to find suitable workers to fill vacancies, while only five per cent believe the situation would be improved.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green, commented on the recent findings, “If you work in construction you can expect to be earning £34 a week more than last year, and our data indicates that some employers are increasing pay faster as the competition for skilled workers intensifies.

“Whilst this is great news for builders and tradesmen, there are hard questions that need to be asked about the sustainability of this trend. The UK is close to full employment and building firms are already struggling to find the people needed for major infrastructure projects. If Britain leaves the EU there’s no doubt that recruitment for some construction roles will become even more of a challenge.”  

Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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