Now that we are getting a hold on the pandemic and life is returning to normal, construction demand is booming. This is great news for all tradespeople across the country. However, this record breaking workload increase in June brought with it new highs in costs, according to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

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In June we saw activity grow at the fastest pace since 1997. Now that construction projects are moving ahead, infrastructure development and housing targets in particular are causing huge demand for materials.  Delays in the supply for all types of materials like cement, concrete, plaster, steel, timber and roof tiles are a hurdle for the industry right now.

What's the effect on tradespeople?

Having the highest levels in demand for years is not a bad thing. It means that there is plenty of work out there for both experienced and those starting out in the industry. Currently, material shortages has led to rapid cost inflation meaning companies are paying more, around 10% more for their materials, however, the demand for construction is not going anywhere.

Earnings are only going up:

So, although there is a delay in materials right now, the future of the construction sector looks brighter than ever before! In fact, labour rates have skyrocketed in some areas in recent months, this is because demand is outstripping labour supply, and some trades are putting up their rates due to being overwhelmed with work. 

Which tradespeople are most in demand?

The industry is experiencing a skills shortage in all areas, however, electricians are in especially short supply. As the demand for new houses continues to grow and smart home installations increase, the need for businesses to invest in the next generation of electricians could not be clearer. 

If you have ever though about becoming an electrician there has never been a better time! Here at Able Skills we have been teaching trade skills for 20-years! Our JIB Gold Card Package is the perfect option for somebody with a small amount of experience looking for a complete path from novice to working professional.

This collection of courses includes almost everything that we offer from an electrical point of view. The course is 16-weeks and will involve completing a City & Guilds Level 2 courseCity & Guilds Level 3PAT Testing18th EditionInspection & Testing as well as an AM2 assessment!

Want to learn a trade skill?

The demand for new skilled tradespeople is huge. In fact there are currently more vacancies in the industry than there ever has been. If you are looking to start a new career through a trade, we can help. Our training results in City & Guilds qualifications.

We offer a complete range of construction courses Bricklaying Courses, Carpentry Courses, Tiling Courses, Plastering courses and Painting and Decorating courses as well as a selection of Multi-Skill courses.

If you are interested in any of the training that we offer call us on 01322 280 202. Over the phone we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about the different courses we teach. We can book courses over the phone and if you'd rather speak with us in person, feel free. Our office here in Dartford Kent is open all week long between 8:30 - 4:30!