Construction will need more than 5,500 new civil engineers between now and 2018, according to research published this week.
A report published by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) says the industry will have to recruit 1,170 engineers a year for the next five years.
Jobs growth will come due to predicted growth in infrastructure output of 9% this year, a further 4% next year and then by smaller amounts in 2017 and 2018, according to the report.
“The sector will continue to be driven by improvements to the nation’s transport infrastructure, work to ensure that the UK has enough energy capacity to meet anticipated demand, and the move to renewable energy generation,” says CTIB construction research arm Construction Skills Network’s (CSN’s) Blueprint for Construction 2014-2018 report.
180,000 construction jobs
Overall, it predicts that the construction industry will create more than 180,000 jobs in the next five years.
Only housebuilding will grow faster than infrastructure work during that period, according to the CITB.
Fuelled by demand for 245,000 new homes across the UK each year, the residential sector is forecast to account for more than a third of the UK’s construction output over the next five years.
Private housing work will grow by an average of 4.6% per year, with infrastructure rising by 3.6% and industrial work by 3%.
“The CSN report shows that the economy is turning the corner and the UK construction industry will benefit from that,” CITB chairman James Wates.
But growth needs to be sustainable, underpinned by long-term infrastructure projects and continued investment.