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IN BRIEF: skills shortage


The skills shortage is the greatest threat to the future of construction, say 60% of respondents in a poll carried out by recruitment agency Hill McGlynn. Salaries need to be increased to turn the tide, said 30% of respondents, but 34% added that they would not recommend engineering as a profession to their sons or daughters. An unexpected 24% of civils also said work hours should be more flexible, especially for women, to help energise the industry.

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