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Skills gap set to reach 10,000 for next four years

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CONSTRUCTION WILL be short of 10,000 workers every year for the next four years, according to research revealed this week by recruitment consultant Resourcing Solutions.

The industry should consider recruiting staff from other sectors and abroad, it says.

Currently 110,000 workers enter the construction industry annually, but the report predicts that 120,000 workers will be needed over the next four years.

Extra workers will be needed to cover natural wastage and increased construction demand from projects coming online.

The report adds that the demand for professionally qualified civil engineers has increased by 20% in recent years.

Resourcing Solutions' managing director Richard Lawrence said that recruiting more graduates would not solve the problem.

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