Industry professionals push for greater government infrastructure investment
While only 29% felt Crossrail delivered as many job opportunities as promised, more positively, a majority support HS2 and 61% believe experience working on the project will make individuals more employable in future. Perhaps because of this opportunity to burnish their CVs, a further 75% would be willing to relocate to secure a job working on HS2. This supports the view that expanding the geographic search area could be an effective tactic for employers recruiting for exciting, large-scale infrastructure projects.
In addition, the study unearthed concern over a sustainability skills gap, with 76% of professionals highlighting a dearth of low-carbon skills as an issue for the industry. Only 23% of respondents felt the Government is doing enough to support sustainable infrastructure projects.
Rob Searle, commercial director at CareerStructure.com, said, “There is a degree of scepticism the Government’s infrastructure plans are as far-reaching as they should be. However, it must be encouraging for proponents of HS2 to see support for the project from professionals working in the field. With less than a third of respondents stating Crossrail delivered on employment opportunities, we call on the Government to take steps to ensure HS2 meets expectations and boosts jobs.”