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As the industry prepares to deliver on HomeBuilder and manage a surge in activity on civil construction projects, tradespeople and professionals in construction are in huge demand.
Vacancies for electricians, have risen for eight consecutive months and currently stand at 1,958 – the highest number on record since late 2019. Vacancies for plumbers are at their highest levels since mid 2018, whilst those for painting trade workers stand at three-year highs.
On the professional side, vacancies for architects, construction managers and various categories of engineer are almost back to pre-COVID levels.
The data comes amid a boom in detached home building along with resurgent activity levels in civil construction. For builders, this has resulted in challenges in securing tradespeople such as concreters, bricklayers, carpenters and others.
Meanwhile activity continues to ramp up on civil construction thanks to a strong pipeline of road and rail projects.
Three factors that are driving the increase in demand are: