The UK's skills shortage has recently been described as 'chronic', and a force which is 'hampering productivity and holding back the economic recovery'. It's a very real problem, which is causing fierce competition for skills workers. 

800,000 workers have been lost in Construction, and last year saw the lowest number of apprentices recruited since 2008. The industry has been hit hard by an ageing workforce, with almost half a million due to retire in the next 5 years. 

Inevitably - this will mean that demand will rise further, and pressure will increase to combat the skills shortfall. 

It's important that demands are met, and an attempt is made to combat the skills shortage. 

There are measures that can be taken now, in order to plan for the future success of your business.