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London

Sub-sectors:

  • There are 24,510 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 14,282 and 20,090 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 10,613 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 6,184 and 8,699 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 6,531 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 3,805 and 5,353 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 3,266 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 1,902 and 2,665 because of the economic downturn.

Workforce data:

  • 37% of employers in London have major concerns about the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
  • 42% of firms employ women in technical roles.
  • 57% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • London performs extremely well in recruiting females and employees from ethnic minority groups compared to other regions.
  • 67% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present. Plans are needed therefore to develop English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) courses and health and safety training, to meet the needs of training this section of the workforce.
  • 67% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
  • Employers in London have identified a need for technical, IT and health and safety regulation training.
  • 46% did not identify any further skills than current levels.
  • 57% did not train their supervisory or management staff.
  • Whilst some firms mentioned technical, environmental and legislative training, 37% of employers did not foresee any future skills development for their company.
  • The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will create 60,000 person years of employment in construction and building services engineering.
  • However, this requirement must be considered alongside the potentially vast numbers of workers that will become available as major projects such as Heathrow’s Terminal 5 reach completion.
  • The Olympic Delivery Authority is considering a range of environmental technologies for the creation of the 2012 Olympic event sites. This presents a challenge to develop appropriate training in renewables to ensure there are sufficient skills across the sector’s workforce to meet this need.
  • The inadequate number of suitably skilled workers currently living in the five Olympic boroughs poses challenges for sourcing building services engineering staff for the project.

Source: In focus…London 2006 and Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010