THE UK's engineering skills shortage is set to get worse, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
In its rst full report into the construction industry, following a pilot published last year, the CIOB reveals that 77% of the 623 respondents had difculty recruiting skilled staff from the UK or abroad in 2006.
It adds that 2007 will be worse, says the report, with 72% expecting demand for workers to increase and 68% feeling that the existing workforce is not skilled enough.
The skills shortage comes as the industry braces itself for a boom. A study by the Construction Products Association predicts that growth in construction is set to outstrip the rest of the economy until 2011.
The Home Ofce con rmed that no rail, structural or water engineers were on its National Shortage Occupation List (NCE 18 January), which would give immigrants with those skills a priority in visa applications.
'The result of the [CIOB] survey should be a wake up call to everybody involved in the construction industry, ' said Steve Hodkinson, managing director of Faber Maunsell's Buildings Group.
'In the face of government inaction on the skills shortage in UK construction, industry must face up to the problem itself.'