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Tradesman NEWS - Building Trade Shortages Sustain Price Pressures

Building trade shortages continue to place upward pressure on trade prices. Figures released today from the HIA-Austral Bricks Trades Report showed that trade shortages remain prevalent across all trades and regions surveyed. Australia’s peak building industry body, HIA, said that the building industry is extremely competitive despite trade shortages placing increasing pressure on trade prices. HIA’s Senior Executive Director Industry Policy, Mr Chris Lamont, said all trades are suffering from shortages in supply, with ten of the thirteen trades exhibiting further deterioration in availability during the September quarter. “Trade shortages were most prevalent in plumbing, site preparation, and roofing while on a state by state basis, the largest shortages are in Western Australia and Queensland,” Mr Lamont said. HIA is calling for urgent reforms in the training system and for new intermediate trade qualifications. These reforms are aimed at providing greater flexibility and providing more incentives for both young Australians and employers. “There remain some real challenges ahead for the building industry. There has not been any real reform in the trade training system for thirty years. The solution is not just about expenditure it involves delivering reforms that will appeal to job seekers and greater incentives for employers looking to assist new entrants,” said Mr Lamont. Source: HIA<-i>
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