BWF Survey: Labour availability is main concern for UK Joinery manufacturers
The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has recently issued the Joinery State of Trade Survey Q4 2015.
The consultation underlines that sales expectations for 2016 remain optimistic but labour availability and the cost of appropriately skilled labour still represent main concerns for the joinery sector.
Respondents also state they will keep on investing in product improvement and manufacturing equipment with order books looking encouraging for early 2016.
"The survey showed a slightly lower increase in sales volumes and plenty of confidence in terms of expected sales over the next quarter and year. Although this is encouraging, the risks to businesses remain with many joinery companies finding it tricky to recruit the right staff and many contracts taking place in an unbalanced supply chain where major contractors rarely take on the risk", commented BWF Policy & Communications Executive Matt Mahony.
"One of the main challenges to the sector is labour availability and costs. Looking forward, April’s introduction of the National Living Wage, could have a critical effect on remuneration structures in parts of the country where wages are lower. With plenty of work available, and the industry coming out of a recession, it is perhaps less of a surprise to see labour availability replace demand as the most likely constraint on activity”, Mr. Mahony added.
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