March 30, 2017
New skills survey calls to make the highways sector fit for the future
A survey by Highways UK into UK skills highlights that 71% of people working within the highways sector are concerned that staff shortages within their organisations could impact on the future delivery of client programmes. 61% of respondents to the survey expect their companies to decline opportunities to tender for work due to insufficient internal resources.
Writing in the report’s foreword, Tricia Hayes, the Department for Transport’s Director General for roads says: “Thanks to this survey, the highways sector knows where it needs to focus its efforts in detail. I am particularly struck by the need to tackle the lack of diversity. We have to do this if we are to access the full spectrum of talent that we need.”
The Highways UK skills survey was circulated widely to the memberships of ICE and CIHT and promoted extensively through the social media channels of Highways England and engineering recruitment specialist matchtech. The report can be downloaded at: http://www.highways-uk.com/content/huk/docs/hukskillssurvey-2017.pdf