2022 Construction Workforce Outlook


As the industry begins to take on the new year, everyone is highly anticipating what is in store for the industry. Over the last twelve months, those in the job market have had to tackle a lot of uncertainty and adjust to a recruitment market that has been turned upside down! As we move into the second year of recovery, Plant Planet Careers take a look at some of the recruitment trends set to shape the new year, including what can be done to survive the skills shortage that is set to continue within the construction industry in 2022.

Candidate Driven Market

As the construction industry faces a current skills shortage, many construction firms need to prepare themselves for a competitive hiring season. While the industry was able to overcome many obstacles over the past year, it is still trying to overcome the challenge of attracting workers. Though construction job openings have increased by 50%, new hires have only increased at 14%. For the first time in a generation, there are more available jobs than there are candidates, creating a strong Candidate driven market. This particular key trend in the construction industry is nothing new and has been a growing issue for many years.

Providing a competitive wage and investing in your team has the potential to decrease this ensuring you retain your employees.


Many are facing difficulties of attracting new starters in the trade. The main issue being that there are simply not enough qualified candidates and businesses need to do more with fewer laborers. This skills gap being made worse by the loss of a significant proportion of EU workers. This year investing in your already solid team is of vital importance. Upskilling your team means that they will already have a base knowledge of construction training and so half the work is already done! Existing workers are just as important as new workers and should not be overlooked. Seeing a clear path for progression will incentivise more people to join the sector. This could include creating training programs, certification programs and enrolling your staff in apprenticeships.

Modern Methods of Construction

Better tools, such as new state-of-art technologies can appeal to the new tech-savvy generation of workers.

Technology and modern methods of construction are rapidly evolving following on from the pandemic, particularly where remote working became the norm. Employers are largely not recruiting and training the workforce with the skills they will need in the future as the industry modernises. Further investment in Skills for a modernised industry are required to transform the industry.

Health & Safety:

Employee wellbeing was important long before COVID-19, but it is now expected to be at the front and centre of every organization’s plans.

Throughout the year, 89% of professionals feel they are suffering from burnout and 81% say they are more burned out now than at the start of the pandemic! Ensuing regular check in and communication will be key in employee retention. Working from home will continue to be a trend in which some prefer to work from home and expect a more balanced work-life balance. While this may be difficult within the construction industry, employers can still ensure that employee wellbeing is being kept a priority.

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