BBC Breakfast: Warning of a shortage of builders
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BBC business reporter Nina Warhurst has warned Boris Johnson of a shortage of builders, saying that 200,000 vacancies are expected in the construction sector by 2025. The UK is currently witnessing a shortage of 100,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, causing food and fuel delivery problems.
Speaking to BBC News, Ms Warhurst said: “Let’s have a look at the extent of the problem at the moment.
“They rose past a million for the first time and since records began and construction is a massive part of that problem.
“Vacancies rose more than 40 percent compared to before the pandemic.”
She went on: “It is a little bit like HGV drivers and since Brexit some workers returning to their country of origin and not enough coming through, and many of them retiring as well.
“And the construction sector is warning that by 2025, we will face a shortage of 200,000 vacancies in construction made worse by the fact that around half a million builders will retire within that period
“The biggest shortage, as we understand it, is for carpenters and bricklayers.
“And this is causing real issue.”
The UK has an estimated shortage of 100,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.
The shortage is due to a combination of Covid, Brexit, and other factors including the fall of wages within the sector.
It has led to concerns about deliveries of food and fuel.
The Prime Minister said on Tuesday that only 127 foreign HGV drivers have applied to work in Britain under the Government’s emergency scheme to tackle the petrol crisis.
He said: “Very often very hard-working, brave, wonderful people come in working in conditions that frankly are pretty tough and we shouldn’t be going back to that.
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