The UK is having a problem with a serious lack of trade skilled workers. The shortage of plumbers, builders, engineers, and a wide range of various professions, is an issue that can slow down the attempts of re-energising the economy. The lack of workers in main sectors has big consequences, starting with putting the projects on hold, and ending up with spending a fortune for workers that are in demand. Since the trades are in high demand in the UK, we have decided to make a list of the most wanted and best-payed trades.
Average salary: £35,458
Open jobs: 9,000
Almost every contractor requires a crane operator with a CPCS license. If you want to become a crane operator, you have to go on a two-week training course. There you will learn about the crane’s properties and functions. The course will end with a theory and practical test. Three main test centers exist in the UK: Ritchie’s training center in Glasgow, Phoenix Training in Sheffield, and CITB in Kings Lynn. After getting the two years valid, red CPCS license, you must complete your NVQ in plant operations, and after that, you will get a five-year valid, blue competence card. Now you are a licensed crane operator, but in order to be able to renew the license, you must have 300 hours of work minimum and pass the health and safety touch screen test.
Aircraft maintenance and related trades
Average salary: £34,088
Open jobs: 15,000
If you want to work as an aircraft maintenance worker, you must have an EASA license, and there are two ways of getting it: the self-starter route and the EASA Part-147 approved course route.
In order to finish the self-starter route, you must study for the EASA examinations which are meant for the category of your desired license. You ill take the exams at a licensed EASA examination center. The knowledge you will need to pass the exams can be found on the internet, but you can also take short courses. If you choose this way, you will need to have five years of experience of maintenance in the appropriate category of aircraft, pass all the exams, and only then can you apply for a license.
The EASA Part-147 approved course route. Part-147 approved courses take from 2 to 3 years to finish. But, when you finish the course, only two years of maintenance experience are needed in order to apply to the CAA for your B License. Thanks to the fact that this is a worldwide, industry-recognised course, finding a job are much easier this way.
Rail construction and maintenance operatives
Average salary: £35,781
Open jobs: 12,000
Rail track maintenance workers are in charge of repairing and maintaining railway tracks, but also bridges, tunnels, and viaducts as well. If you are interested in a job that allows you to work outdoors, and you have good practical skills, this might be a career you are looking for.
In order to become a rail construction and maintenance operative, you need to have a good general standard of education, and that includes GCSEs in Maths and English. Furthermore, if you have experience in engineering, that will also be quite helpful. Another way to get a job of this nature is by apprenticeships.
Average salary: £30,000
Open jobs: 30,000
Plumbers are in charge of fitting, servicing, and repairing hot and cold water systems, as well as heating systems in homes and stores. Plumbers are also qualified to work on gas fires and cookers. If you are looking for a job that offers diversity and makes good use of your practical skills, not to mention that you will be out all the time, this career might be just what you want. As a plumber, you have to be able to solve problems, follow technical plans, and possess good customer care skills.
If you want to become a qualified plumber, the UK plumbing courses that are industry-recognised are something you have to complete.
Average salary: £37,500
Open jobs: 10,000
If this is something that you are interested in, now is the perfect time to look into it. In the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) State of the Trade Survey businesses has reported employment growth in every quarter for the last 18 months, and it will only grow more with every quarter.
Even in the most successful sectors, businesses are becoming threatened by the lack of skilled trades workers and this is becoming a serious problem. Trades that are in deficit are:
- Site Managers