Lila Thompson of British Water quoted, “British Water welcomes the findings from the ECITB’s Workforce Census as it highlights the pressing need to attract talent in a sector which has an ambitious, targeted destination for the benefit of customers and the environment. What is clear is there is a continuing need to fill the diversity gap within utilities and the supply chain. A diverse workforce- in terms of all spectrums of diversity – encourages agility, creativity and innovation.”
Conducted in Spring 2021, the Workforce Census asked engineering construction industry (ECI) employers to provide information about their workforce numbers, locations and roles. Data collected included demographic information and asked for views on workforce growth, Net Zero, Covid-19 and Brexit.
Fifty percent of the ECITB’s in-scope employers responded to the Workforce Census, representing 45,351 workers from 153 in-scope companies across 1,360 locations.
The report produced by the ECITB highlights an urgent need to address potential skills and labour shortages as employer responses show an ageing workforce and slow recruitment of new talent in some sectors. This is concerning given the workforce expansion required to deliver net zero by the Government’s 2050 deadline.