Australian construction worker and critical supply shortage, says craftsman Andrew Jhavery
The Australian construction industry is facing a severe labor and supply shortage which could bring all projects to a halt within weeks.
ARK Joinery owner Andrew Jhavery told Today there is currently a severe skills shortage in the country, but the biggest problem is with materials.
“We are looking at eight to 12 weeks and we will run out of wood products in Australia,” Andrew told Today.
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With issues over products coming from Russia and the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down construction sites and cutting visas with border closures, Andrew said it has become the perfect storm for small businesses.
“You hear of companies collapsing – they just fell victim to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control with shortages of materials and skills internationally,” he said.
“They were relying on workers from overseas and that drove up labor costs.”
Andrew said material costs were also rising – by 40% in some cases – and ultimately consumers had to pay for it.
“I feel for the consumer because at the end of the day, if it’s not regulated and the industry is not regulated, companies will go bankrupt and consumers will have to foot the bill again,” he said. he declares.
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Andrew said that in the construction industry, if a job is delayed or there is a problem getting materials, it’s always up to the company to pay the overhead and that’s a big deal when a company is already in financial difficulty.
He said there was no simple approach to solving the problem, but government support to regulate the industry and better communication to keep “cowboy operators” in line.
“If a decent company goes bankrupt, and they’ve been working hard for five or ten years and doing everything right, and then they go bankrupt because of the current situation, it’s not fair to person and ultimately it is the person at the end of the line, the customer, who has to pay.”
Watch the full interview with Andrew above.
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