Professional painters in Europe are very busy. Due to the large amount of home renovations and the ongoing shortage of skilled professionals, painters simply cannot keep up with the workload. Any further help from manufacturers to work faster and cheaper is much appreciated. These are some of the findings of the Painter Insight Monitor 2021, conducted by USP Marketing Consultancy among professional painting companies in 10 major European markets.
What is going on in the construction, installation and home improvement sectors?Labour shortage
Regardless of our perspective on the matter, we can all agree that the topic of Brexit is shrouded in volatility. As the situation changes day by day, any predictions about how the Brexit will come in effect are mere speculations. Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, the current uncertainty is already taking its toll on the construction sector in the UK, as became apparent in the results of the latest version of the European Architectural Barometer (Q2 2019), for which we interviewed architects from eight European countries including the UK about turnover and order book developments, as well as about the theme ‘labour shortage’.
In the overall construction and installation markets, the workload of professionals is increasing due to a growing labour shortage, both qualitative and quantitative. For construction-related professions, like being a professional painter for instance, it seems quite hard to acquire new generations of professionals, because youngsters seem less interested in these types of jobs. One reason is that these jobs have an image of being lowly payed, physically demanding and are considered low status professions. This makes it difficult to fill the gap in quality and quantity left by the older generations of construction professionals that will leave the market in the coming years when they retire. Furthermore, many companies active in the paint industry had to lay off staff during the crisis and many of these professionals got new jobs in other industries and are not coming back.
2018 was a great year for the construction and installation sector, with high growth rates. Following a couple of years of high growth, the increasing work overload lead to an increase in the number of vacancies. More than 40% of the Polish and German installation companies are having at least one vacancy for installation related functions. These are some of the results of the Q3 and Q4 2018 report of the European Mechanical Installation Monitor with the theme ‘Direct ordering at the manufacturer’. This report is based on 900 successful interviews with HVAC installers and plumbers in six European countries.