The industry is currently balancing material, labour and corporate viability pressures. Whilst some of these, such as material pressures, may resolve in the medium term as supply chains recover to a more normal state, others such as labour are expected to be a longer-term disruption. But the news that 10% of construction workers are still furloughed should question whether training systems in the construction industry are suitable to retrain currently underused staff to more in-demand roles or whether company finances are stopping staff from being returned to full-time roles.
As the economy returns to some sort of normality, we need to look at what has fundamentally changed elsewhere that could affect construction. For example, the encouragement of HGV drivers into the retail sector could worsen the impact on construction if similar schemes are not created in the construction supply chain.