Project promoters have been told to get their hands off contractors’ staff.
Bob Ibell, chairman of engineering consultancy London Bridge Associates, said the constant churn of staff in the industry was counterproductive.
Ibell was speaking as part of a panel discussion on skills at the New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Summit in London this week.
“Clients take talent from the people they then want to do the job for them,” he said.
“People are offered a better package to move on – but it has consequences and I would like to see us work together more as an industry.”
However, one representative of a major client said the onus was on suppliers to keep their staff happy.
Simon Addyman, Bank Station programme manager for London Underground, said: “We have had people leave for other big programmes and that is difficult. But it’s up to organisations to create environments where people would rather stay than leave for an extra few pounds.”