Labour Forecasting Tool Overview

Welcome to the Labour Forecasting Tool (LFT) – a resource for exploring workforce trends.

This informative resource is designed to provide insights into workforce numbers across regions and sectors up to 2035. It offers a glimpse into workforce dynamics and potential future demand.

The LFT has been developed by the ECITB and Whole Life Consultants with the support of an industry technical reference group comprising key industry stakeholders.

As we move forward, your feedback and additional data through our ongoing work will contribute to its refinement and further utility in addressing workforce planning challenges within the sector.

Labour Forecasting Tool limitations and assumptions

The LFT is based on the best data available to the ECITB. However, it is essential to acknowledge that the tool relies on certain assumptions to compensate for data gaps.

These assumptions may introduce variability into the forecasts.

We are actively working to fill these gaps by continuously refreshing and seeking to obtain missing data, including data on shutdowns.

The projected demand is mainly driven by new build and decommissioning projects, and to a lesser extent by the demand resulting from operation and maintenance works.

This initial release will be significantly updated following the next iteration of the ECITB Workforce Census, which will take place in 2024.

Labour Forecasting Tool outputs

This current version of the LFT contains forecasting demand data by region, sector and occupational group.

The geographic data is based on the location of the project installation, rather than the location of the entire workforce. Therefore, the demand in a specific region does not necessarily imply that all the demand will occur in the region. For example, 1,000 workers may be needed for a project in Wales, but part of the office-based workforce may be employed elsewhere. In this case, the LFT links the 1,000 workers to Wales.

The occupational groups are directly derived from the 2021 ECITB Workforce Census.

For more information on the content of each occupational group, please refer to Annex B of the Overview of the engineering construction industry.

More detailed occupational data may be released following the next iteration of the Census.

Sectors covered by the LFT are chemicals, oil and gas, food and drink processing, water treatment, conventional power generation, nuclear, hydrogen, carbon capture, renewables, and offshore wind.

Offshore wind has been considered separately from the renewables category due to the size of the sector and to reflect the fact that the underlying data for the former is gathered from a different mix of internal and external sources.

The available data for hydrogen and carbon capture is limited and the LFT demand in these sectors is based on the assumption that the skills required are similar to those needed for other ECI sectors. This methodology is obviously limited in many ways. Results for hydrogen and carbon capture will improve as new data become available, including through the 2024 ECITB Workforce Census.

A note of caution

Please be aware that any decisions regarding workforce planning made using this tool should be taken with caution. The ECITB cannot be held accountable for any losses or liabilities that may result, whether directly or indirectly.

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