More specialist contractors are struggling with growing recruitment headaches than at any point since 2001, according to research.
A poll by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) found that 47% of respondents had seen increased difficulty finding skilled workers in the first quarter of this year.
Just 2% reported that recruitment had become easier, leaving a balance of 45% - the biggest for 14 years.
NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “The growing construction market is great news for specialists contractors but we need to tackle head-on the skills crisis that is facing the industry.
“If we do not invest in recruiting and training people with the right skills, the industry will not be able to meet demand and this will impact on the wider UK economy.”