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The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has called for civil construction skills to be listed as essential on the Federal Government's National Skills Needs List to help the sector attract new workers and upskill the existing workforce.

Skills shortage pushes up construction costs as activity hits 10 year high

Construction activity reaches a ten-year high but skilled labour shortages push up construction costs. A report from Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) confirms the first Quarter 2019 confirmed skills shortages continue to put more pressure on construction costs across Australia and New Zealand. Ewen McDonald, Oceania Chairman of RLB said, “A recurrent theme has to come …