Brexit Bites as Tender Prices are Set to Rise
Tender prices are expected to increase by 4% in 2022 due to a crippling skills shortage post-Brexit. Arcadis reports a predict a tighter labour market from 2022-2023 causing costs rising by 1% per annum.
Earnings grew an average of 4.2% for construction workers in the past year, a boost from 2.1% in 2017. Skilled EU labour makes up 8-10% of the workforce which could be unavailable post-Brexit, adding strain to an existing UK skills shortage.
The industry as a whole will need to find better efficiencies to increase productivity in the face of potential downturns. Offsite manufacturing could be a key way of meeting these needs while reducing waste and improving quality standards.
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