Tracey Shelley, Chief Executive of the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA), said: “BCECA welcomes this latest labour market intelligence from the ECITB. It offers valuable insight into the state of the engineering labour force, notably the loss of older workers to retirement. The findings will prove useful to our member companies as they rise to the energy transition challenge and help us to advance the engineering contracting sector in the UK.”
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 2050.