There is less than one month to go before the end of the Brexit transition period. From midnight on 31 December, the UK will be ‘on its own’ as far as Europe is concerned.
With this in mind, here are six critical challenges that the UK’s construction industry (in common with various other sectors) faces from 1 January 2021.
Workforce & Skills
Arguably this was the industry’s greatest challenge even before Brexit came on the horizon. In his excellent report “Modernise or Die “, Mark Farmer raised several key questions about the existing and future demographics of the construction industry. For many years the industry has struggled with a lack of skilled (and indeed unskilled) labour. Given the heavy reliance of the sector on migrant labour (with approximately 15% of the UK’s workforce being non-UK citizens) an already challenging situation is in danger of becoming a full-blown crisis.