Mark Corbett, Innovation, Employment and Skills Policy Manager of Food and Drink Federation quoted: “We welcome this insight from ECITB. As evidenced here, the food and drink industry is, rightly, proud of its record during the pandemic – it kept the nation fed during the most testing of circumstances. This report brings into focus both the resilience of the sector and the ongoing issue of severe labour shortages, which are now seen as the biggest barrier to growth by businesses. Meeting the challenges on gender diversity in ECI roles head on will help ensure the industry has the skills and talent needed to thrive as the industry seeks to adopt the technologies required to be meet our target of being net zero by 2040.”
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.