Last month, the recruitment team at XCL noticed a surge in the number of new jobs coming to the construction sector. And looking at recent industry reports, we were not the only ones to have seen the trend.
According to the latest IHS Markit/CIPS report, construction jobs continued to increase in June, with employers across the UK enjoying an increase in client demand. In fact, June saw the highest rise in new orders since May 2017, with residential house building leading the way as the best performing area of activity.
However, commercial building also made a strong recovery, expanding at its fastest pace since February, led by improved demand in industrial and distribution projects.
Duncan Brock, Group Director at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said:
“With the fastest rise in new orders since May 2017, it appears the brakes are off for the construction sector. Despite being hampered by economic uncertainty, firms reported an improved pipeline of work as clients committed to projects and hesitancy was swept away.”
And with the high order numbers and positive outlook for continued increases in work in the near future, June also saw an increase in employment. Companies across all areas of construction looked to expand their workforces in order to keep up with demand, and this was reflected in the rate of job creation rising to its strongest in a year.
In May, employers cited a shortage of skilled workers as one of their key challenges, and with the need for skilled workers and tradespeople greater than ever, even more promising opportunities are opening up for jobseekers.
XCL are experts at helping skilled, experienced construction workers find their ideal jobs. Whether you’re a labourer, bricklayer, electrician or site manager, we can help you identify the roles and employers that would be the best fit for you.