The UK Construction Industry - Jobs for Life Available Here

The UK Construction Industry - Jobs for Life Available Here

16th November 2017

Nobody in the construction industry here in the UK can fail to be aware that we’re facing a massive skills shortage – it’s an issue that we’ve written about several times in the past, lauding the Apprentice Scheme as a powerful way of finding a solution to this crisis.  There are all sorts of initiatives being launched to overcome this shortage of skilled construction workers, including the introduction of degrees in construction, a shout-out to construction companies to provide work experience for future school leavers in a bid to attract them into the industry and the belief that the increasing adoption of digital technology (especially drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles) will lead to youngsters opting for a “cool” job in construction.  We’ve recently come across a study carried out by insurance giant, AXA, which has revealed that young men are increasingly choosing to follow in their fathers’ footsteps when choosing an occupation as they reach adulthood.

It seems that in the construction industry in particular, there’s been a renaissance in father to son companies as the Millennial generation (aged 35 and under) recognise the value of having a solid trade for life, rather than entering into an increasingly precarious job market in other industries.  In fact, 15% of young business owners in the UK disclosed that they took over the family business.  It seems that the son of a tradesman is four times more likely to follow his father’s occupation than are other school leavers.  A massive 25% of tradesmen say that they learnt their trade from their father and one in five can trace their trade back to their grandfather’s generation. 

This acceleration in father to son businesses can only be good for the construction industry as a whole.  Almost half of tradesmen in the 18 – 35 age group say that their dad was a tradesman.  When you consider the fact that construction is an industry that won’t become obsolete in the future, becoming a builder of some sort is a sensible option for many. 

The long term job stability offered by an industry which will never run out of work is a powerful persuader when it comes to choosing career options.  In a separate study, AXA discovered that the average 25 year old has already changed jobs four times, leading to the belief that “jobs for life” no longer exist.  This means that the construction industry, as a whole, can offer school leavers a much more stable future than many other sectors.  The construction industry as a whole would do well to harness the power of this situation and spread the message that a job in construction can still mean a job for life.  A job for life is an attractive option in the 21st Century when we’ve already experienced economic instability, with so many people being made redundant due to the financial crisis of 2008.