Consequences of the global construction boom: building materials are in short supply and very expensive.

  • JUNE 21, 2021

In Germany, customers now have to wait a good two months for workers. "It takes an average of 8.8 weeks from the time a construction or renovation order is commissioned," said Hans Peter Wallsifer, president of the Funke media group's artisans.

One reason for the long wait is the disruption of supply chains during a pandemic. "There are not enough building materials, and the prices for them have risen disproportionately," Wallsifer said. "There is not enough wood, metal, plastic, insulation - almost everything you need to build a house."

Prices for wood and other construction materials on the world market have risen sharply, in part due to high demand from China and the United States. Wallsifer called on the federal government to act and called for price adjustments in public procurement and for current contracts. "Funding programs for new buildings and renovations need to be strengthened in line with rising building prices," Wallsifer said. Current problems with prices and procurement must also be taken into account when providing assistance as a consequence of the crown.

In addition, trade was hampered by a huge staff shortage. "Currently, we have about 32,000 vacancies in 130 construction professions," Wallsifer said. As for the new contracts, at the end of May there was an increase of nine percent compared to the previous year, but compared to May 2019 - the last before the pandemic - a decrease of ten percent. "It is urgent to act."

Mr. Wallsifer has announced a new fall project to make the construction profession more attractive to young women. “Almost every fifth trainee is a woman; and this trend of involving the fair sex in the construction industry continues. ”

The President for Handicrafts continued to complain about the unequal distribution of public funding between academic and professional training. The federal government invests billions in the higher education sector, for example, through the Higher Education Pact, although in reality it is the responsibility of the federal states. "Unfortunately, there is not enough cash flow for vocational training," he concluded.

Source: ZEIT edition

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