Valuable tool a significant step forward for labour forecasting
The LFT is designed as a resource for exploring workforce trends in the ECI, which operates across the oil, gas, nuclear, renewables, hydrogen, and carbon capture sectors, as well as other process industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, water and waste treatment.
The current version of the LFT contains forecast demand data by region, sector and occupational group.
The tool, for example, highlights that an extra 13,000 workers could be needed by 2028 in the nuclear sector, while 16,000 more could be needed by 2030 in the offshore wind industry, which would represent a 75% increase in demand.
Quarterly updates of the underlying project data and updates to the tool will take place after the ECITB 2024 ECI Workforce Census.
Mark Riley, Chair of the Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG), was part of the LFT’s technical reference group. He said: “The release of this Labour Forecasting Tool by the ECITB is a significant step forward in understanding the tensions and opportunities that are affecting the engineering construction workforce.
“For the first time we can visualise this key industrial infrastructure skill base where supply and demand are spread across multiple regions and sectors.
“The LFT will provide a valuable tool to support discussions and decisions around key skills and, as the ECITB continues to work with industry to refine the underlying data and assumptions, the quality of information will only improve.”