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Peace Recruitment: construction skills shortage is spreading

Peace Recruitment is warning that the skills shortage, which has engulfed the construction industry, is now spreading.

The company, who recently took on three new recruits, two of whom are graduates, says there is a lack of skilled-candidates across the board in the UK currently and that companies need to invest in young, ambitious and hungry talent now to prevent this problem from escalating in the future.

“From our own research, placing candidates and looking to expand our own recruitment team, the skills shortage is definitely spreading into other sectors, the level of candidate most companies are looking for is simply not there,” explained Chris Peace, managing director of Peace Recruitment.

“We have just expanded our team, and we had to change our recruitment process, as we could not find the right skilled candidates we were looking for. So we have taken on two graduates and one other, all in more junior positions, but we will invest time and money in them to train them up. The level of candidate most companies are looking for, namely someone with relevant qualifications and at least two years’ experience, is not available across the board. The majority of firms stopped investing in graduates during the recession, and we are all feeling the effects of this now.

“We have been recommending to all our clients for some time now to invest in more graduates and more junior personnel, and we are doing exactly the same. It takes a little more time and effort at the beginning, but companies will reap the benefits in the long-run. The young, hungry talent is definitely out there. Be selective, look for potential, invest time, train, fast-track, this is how to beat a skills shortage in any sector.”


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