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Industry won't pay for multi-skilling


Sir, I read with great amusement the stories of shortages of site engineers, trades and so on in Construction News. The suggestion that the industry wants more multiskilled site engineers is equally ludicrous - total rubbish!

I started as an O/HNC civils technician and attained the top salary possible at the age of 20. I became a site engineer, reaching the top salary at 28, so retrained as an architect and again as a project manager.

I then went into the construction products sector - because it paid better and was more secure. I get asked by employment agencies to consider construction jobs but at silly salaries, so I have to decline.

If there is a skills shortage in any sector that pays more I will happily retrain again. But I will have to conceal my career history because multiskilling seems to be a dirty word in the UK.

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