RICS responds to Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence

Hew Edgar

Policy Manger (Scotland) (RICS)

In October 2017, RICS submitted evidence the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) call for evidence on EEA-workers in the UK labour market.


RICS used to opportunity to highlight concerns and policy recommendations specific to the ‘Economic, Social and Fiscal Impacts’ section in the Call for Evidence.

RICS used the Upping the Ante on Skills report - which considered the keys issues surrounding the debate on skills in the UK – and our quarterly Construction and Infrastructure Market surveys as both evidence to support our views and a foundation for the response.

Key Points:

  • Any changes to the free movement of labour and construction professionals could have a negative impact on the construction sector’s capacity to build the housing and infrastructure that the UK need, and results in higher project expenditures where labour demand outstrips supply
  • Construction workers and built environment professionals, such as quantity surveyors, need to be added to the UK occupation shortage list.
  • Similarly, with the construction sector facing a retirement ‘cliff edge’, industry needs to ensure it can inspire new talent into the profession using age-appropriate and inspirational campaigns that appeal to a greater cross-section of society.
  • Even if sector participants establish a significant training drive  – which obtains the required 230,000 new recruits - there will be a continued shortage during the immediate years following Brexit , as a minimum.
  • This cavity between current and future construction industry talent needs to be addressed in the immediacy and made a top Government priority in Brexit negotiations

RICS’ full response is downloadable below.

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