Is the Shortage of Spark Affected Your Clients?


Shortage of Sparks across London

Mechanical & Electrical

The Construction Enquirer reported last week that Crossrail contractors are struggling to find M&E workers for the last-minute push to get the project completed because so many sparks have moved to the Spurs stadium site. Will the shortage of Mechanical and Electrical workers affect your projects completing on time?

The Enquirer revealed that electricians on the new Tottenham stadium job are being paid up to £400 a day. And that is hitting sites across London which are facing a shortage of skilled workers. How will competing with these rates affect your project budget?

The Enquirer understands that the Costain/Skanska joint venture is currently trying to recruit more M&E workers at its Bond Street Crossrail site. But it is struggling to find sparks because of a glut of work in the capital.

One project source said: “There are still hundreds of electricians working on Crossrail and they are looking for more on some sites.

“You always need more M&E resources at the end of big infrastructure jobs like this but loads of workers have upped and gone to Spurs where they are paying big money.”

Crossrail said the total number of M&E workers across the whole project is winding-down as the scheme approaches completion by the end of this year.

But a spokesperson confirmed that recruitment was underway at Bond Street for fit-out work. The new central London Crossrail stations are due to open in December.

Andy Marr Key Account ManagerAndy Marr, Construction Key Account Manager, shares his thoughts on this with you;

''Available Mechanical and Electrical candidates are at a premium and understandably so in a bull market and this, of course, brings huge challenges across the industry, which is another blog entirely.

My biggest concern is how we get the younger generation more interested, engaged and wanting to work in the construction industry? This was brought home to me by a family member who decided to pursue a career in construction and spent two years learning a Plastering trade. To cut a long story short, towards the end of his second year he started to lose interest in the industry and ultimately completed the course but decided to work in a different industry. Fair play to the lad, he found and secured a role in the food industry where training, development and progression have begun.

I started in Construction recruitment back in 1985 and as I’ve gone through the years the number of good tradesmen that worked with me back in the 1980s and 1990s have started to decrease as those excellent skills and experience retire.

My biggest worry is how those trades are replaced and the next generation of construction workers begin their career journey and keep the industry progressing well into the future. Construction is a fabulous industry to be in and those young people who decide to take this particular journey will learn so many great skills and have the opportunity to work on some of the iconic projects of the future.''

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