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The 10 skilled traders most in demand for 2024 revealed


The 10 skilled traders most in demand for 2024 revealed

As the UK construction industry continues to grow, predicted to hit £404bn revenue in 2024, new data has shown the key trades that are in the shortest supply. 

Builders, electricians, and gas engineers will be the most in-demand tradespeople in the UK, with over 55,000 open vacancies on popular job sites. 

There are over 80,000 job vacancies in construction trades overall, highlighting that the nationwide skills shortage isn’t slowing down.  

The research, conducted by the UK’s leading metal supplier, metals4U reviewed job listings on Indeed, Totaljobs, and Reed to compare the most in-demand skills in the trades. Builders are by far the most in demand, while electricians and gas engineers also being in short supply for 2024:  

  1. Builders (41,505 vacancies) 
  2. Electricians (9,365 vacancies) 
  3. Gas Engineer (7,393 vacancies) 
  4. Flooring Contractor (6,081 vacancies) 
  5. Carpenter (4,791 vacancies) 
  6. Plumbers (4,585 vacancies) 
  7. Joiner (3,865 vacancies) 
  8. Window Cleaner (3,717 vacancies) 
  9. Painter (2,277 vacancies) 
  10. Roofer (1,618 vacancies) 

Firms employing plasterers, bricklayers, and tilers are having less trouble filling positions, with fewer than 1,000 listings for each trade across job sites.  

The skills shortage is at an all-time high in the trade industry, and this is predicted to continue. A recent industry report revealed that 937,000 new workers will be needed in the construction and trade industries by 2032 to meet the ever-growing demand. According to the Chief Executive of The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the industry is experiencing a serious skills shortage. 

The study also revealed the trades most in-demand within different UK cities. Flooring contractors are high in-demand in London, while there is a shortage of gas engineers in Birmingham and Liverpool. Joiners are a highly sought after trade in Edinburgh and Leeds. 

Paul McFadyen, Chairman at metals4U, has shared his insight into what an industry-wide skills shortage could mean for the trade sector: 

“Construction, building, and metal materials have been in heavy demand in the UK over the last few years, with increased development in residential and commercial properties. And the growing demand for builders and other tradespeople, combined with a shortage of the right qualifications is causing major issues. A recent FMB State of Trade survey revealed that 60% of jobs are stalled due to labour shortages, and this is something expected to continue in the construction industry next year as more houses need to be built.” 

Original Article: HRnews

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