The Construction Skills Network has published it forecasts and analysis for 2022-26, which provides market intelligence and insights for the industry. The data highlights trends and shows how the industry will change year on year, allowing governments and businesses to understand the current climate and plan ahead for the future.

Some key facts from the UK report:
•    An extra 266,000 workers will be required to meet projected UK construction demand by 2026 (53,200 workers per year)
•    Construction employment would reach a high of nearly 2.78 million workers by 2026 if projected growth is met
•    Growth is predicted across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
•    All major sectors are forecast to experience recruitment pinch points as demand soars with private housing, infrastructure and repair and maintenance most affected

George Swann FIS Skills and Training Lead explains:

This data helps us identify the recruitment challenges for the years ahead based on the predicted growth of the construction industry.  However, the Construction Skills Network data does not directly align to all of the 37 occupations employed within the finishes and interiors sector, so we also consider the latest Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card registration data and information collected from various FIS surveys, we emphasise the figures reported by FIS are our best estimates.  The sectors occupations are approximately 10% of the recognised roles available in the Construction Industry and its been identified approximately 50% of the sectors workforce are not CSCS registered.  FIS will continue to support employers to qualify their workforce, take a look at the FIS Skills Hub: or give us a call on 0121 797 0077 or email

CSN 2022-26 UK