Let's hope that the following headline is more of a scare story than a genuine possibility coming so soon after the start of an upturn in the UK economy generally:
UK Contractors chase skilled recruits as work picks up
New Civil Engineer – London 22 August 2013Results from NCE's annual Contractors File along with the latest findings from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association's (Ceca's) latest Workload Trends Survey suggest the industry could lose out as the prospect of government-backed investment increases.The suggestion is that skills shortages are emerging in the UK already, as a major problem for civil engineering contractors amid signs that they are firmly in recruiting mode.
No doubt the New Civil Engineer's editorial staff were keen to find an angle which would bring them broad press interest, due to the fact that this week they published their annual Contractor's File and will be looking for publicity and sales of the data to bodies outside the members of the Institution of Civil Engineers who get it free.
Here at the WastersBlog we have usually been primarily interested in the list they have published for at least the last 15 years, of the top 20 Waste Contractors, which in terms of civil engineering companies in reality means landfill development earthworks companies, and with a crossover in recent years into some of the top waste processing plant civils contractors.
That category has disappeared from this year's data published in the NCE, no doubt partly due to the natural reduction in work in landfill development as the landfill tax, and landfill diversion really begins to bite into landfill waste tonnages.
In the www.landfill-site.com website we also published a part of the top waste companies list. This year there is no data that we can provide, so we will be limiting ourselves to providing a short list in this article of the top civil engineering contractors for 2012, as follows: