9 out of 10 Small Builders’ Projects Are Delayed Due to Material Or Skills Shortage

An overwhelming majority- 89 per cent- of local builders are reporting delays because of supply chain issues or difficulty recruiting staff, according to a survey of SMEs.

And 60 per cent of respondents to the Federation Of Master Builders, FMB, state of the trade survey for the third quarter, July to September, said they had halted projects due to lack of tradespeople.

Nearly all survey participants – 97 per cent- said material prices had shot up from July to September and expected this to continue in the fourth quarter. More than three quarters said they would be passing the increased cost on to the consumer.

FMB Northern Ireland director Gavin McGuire said: “The continuing pressures to find skilled tradespeople and crippling price increases have caused many contractors and clients added stress. We need to encourage apprenticeships in construction to develop a pipeline of key tradespeople”

Joiners and carpenters are still in short supply with 47 per cent of respondents saying they were hard to recruit, although this was six per cent lower than the previous quarter. Bricklayers are in strong demand with 45 per cent of builders struggling to hire them – two per cent down on the second quarter.

General labourers are hard to find with 42 per cent of small builders saying they couldn’t get hold of any, six per cent up on the previous quarter. Plasterers were also increasingly difficult to hire with 37 per cent of builders struggling to recruit them, a rise of six per cent in the second quarter.

Brokers Hank Zarihs Associates said the development finance leaders were there to help builders who needed extra finance with instant bridging finance to help with any project delays.

” Our response to the pandemic demonstrates a true understanding of our members and the people who work in hire.”

The FMB estimates 500,000 more workers will be needed in construction to meet the country’s net-zero challenge.

The construction products association has revised construction growth for 2022 from 6.3 per cent down to 4.8 per cents due to supply chain constraints. Skill shortages, product availability, lack of lorry drivers, the impact of rising energy processes and delays at ports are expected to cause unprecedented challenges.

output in private housing, the largest construction sector, is forecast to raised by 17 per cent by the end of 2021 and 6 per cent in 2022, down from an earlier forecast of 8 per cent. This reflects concerns about the sustainability of double-digit house price growth, particularly in the light of rising inflation

Leave a Comment
Article Categories
Compare Products
No products were added to compare list
Return to Shop
Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Pocket Knife, Medium, Multi Tool, 15 Functions, Large Blade, Bottle Opener, Camouflage
0 customer review
Rosewood Multitool UK Legal Blade, Tough Belt Pouch, Needle & General Pliers, Wirecutter, Screwdrivers - Phillips & Flathead, 10 Piece Bit Set, File, 2 Inch Rule, Can Opener, Bottle Opener etc.
0 customer review
Victorinox Swiss Champ Swiss Army Pocket Knife, Medium, Multi Tool, 33 Functions, Blade, Scissors, Red
0 customer review
Roxon S801S Strom Multitool Pliers-Outdoor Multi Tool, Multitool with Extra Bits Group and Black Case. Pocket Multi Tool for Camping, and Hiking
0 customer review
Heavy Duty 12 Function Multi Tool Knife UK Legal Carry Under 3" Inches with Utility Karabiner Clip. Includes Scissors Saw Knife Bottle and Can Opener Cork Screw Drivers and More! Solid Metal Construction
0 customer review
Victorinox Classic Alox Swiss Army Pocket Knife, Small, Multi Tool, 5 Functions, Scissors, Nail File, Silver
0 customer review
Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Pocket Knife, Medium, Multi Tool, 14 Functions, Blade, Bottle Opener, Black
0 customer review
HONZIN Swiss Style Multi Function Pocket Knife - for Every Day use Including Outdoor Survival Fishing
0 customer review
DIY TECH UK - 13 in 1 Pocket Multitool + Free 48 in 1 Wallet Tool - Extra Strong High Carbon Stainless Steel - Saw, Scissors, Tin Opener, Bottle Opener, Knife, Corkscrew, Screwdriver - Red with Pouch
0 customer review
LOHASWORK Safety Hard Hat ANSI Z89.1 Approved,Adjustable Safety Helmet with Visor and Earmuff,Construction Forestry Aborist Work(091Lime+Clear Visor+Earmuff)
0 customer review