A new report published by design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, predicts that infrastructure projects in the UK could experience higher costs, delays or poor decision making and project delivery in the coming years due to a lack of scientists, engineers and technicians.
However, it also identified an opportunity to save £6 billion through the better planning and coordination of project delivery which will be needed to overcome the skills shortage.
The study – The Skills Deficit: Consequences and opportunities for UK infrastructure – compiles the views of more than 40 experts from infrastructure owners, engineering consultancies and contractors, academia and industry bodies, with a particular focus on how they believed the UK’s predicted lack of skills could impact on the delivery the government’s National Infrastructure Plan. The main consequences they identified are:
- Increased cost of delivering infrastructure, primarily due to wage inflation
- Delays to project delivery on key infrastructure projects across all sectors
- Poor decision making or project delivery due to not having the right people in the right jobs
- Loss of intellectual property and skills from the UK due to increased use of overseas engineers
- Stifling of innovation due to lack of resources
- UK plc becoming a less attractive place to live, work and invest due to the country’s capability to deliver new or upgraded infrastructure.
The report also estimates that the government and industry will need to invest £2.5 billion in training and development to provide enough skills to meet the country’s infrastructure requirements over the next decade.
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Source: Nuclear Matters