RICS: Surveying skills shortage ‘worrying’

February 12, 2015

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Work may not get underway on thousands of sites during the next five years as the surveying skills shortage intensifies.

85% of surveyors questioned said that a lack of qualified candidates meant they had problems recruiting. That is leading to paid work being turned down by many companies.Around  45% of surveying firms currently turn down new business opportunities due to a lack of skilled workers – with each of them passing up an average of five contracts per year.

The surveying skills shortage looks set to peak in the next five years, with a further 11% of the industry saying that they will also begin turning down work by 2019. By that time, 54% of the surveying sector’s 10,000 businesses will be turning down around 27,000 projects between them each year.

ricsAlan Muse, Director of Built Environment Professional Groups at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said:


“Surveyors play a pivotal role in the delivery of every construction project. Simply put, without surveyors, things don’t get built.

“That’s why our research is worrying: if so many firms are turning down work due to a lack of available talent, demand for skills will soon far outstrip the supply.

“For many companies, that time is already here, but the next few years look like a real tipping point – construction as an industry looks set to grow, but at this rate it’s very unlikely that we’ll have the capacity or the capability to fulfill planned projects.”

Here at Spatial Dimensions however we have recently recruited more staff and currently have increased capacity to take on new clients.

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