Marco Verdonkschot, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, explains why the future looks bright for the construction industry.
One of the clearest signs of an industry recovering from hardship is its companies beginning to hire new staff once again, and the latest Ofiice for National Statistics data about UK construction shows that there are now more job vacancies in the sector than there have been at any point in the last 20 years.
Between March and May, there were 35,000 positions available, which is a rise of 6,000 from the previous period and the highest figure since records began in 2001.
This is fantastic news as it shows that construction businesses are optimistic for the future and confident enough financially to take on new employees.
Such confidence may be inspired by increases in the number of hours worked by construction staff, with the average now standing at 34.7, having risen continuously since the start of the year.
Earnings have therefore risen accordingly and between February and March, average weekly takings jumped by £33 to £675.
Furthermore, it’s not just large companies that are seeing signs of progress – the number of self-employed construction workers is also on the rise. Having fallen consistently since June 2020, the latest data shows that the number of self-employed individuals increased by 6,000 between December and March this year, from 237,000 up to 243,000.
All of this points to a positive outlook for the construction industry and we can look forward to a bright summer.