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Skills shortage tightens contracts stranglehold

“Huge skills shortages” in the ductwork industry are contributing to chaotic payment conditions in the sector, according to Paul Adlam, past president of Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services.

Mr Adlam made the comments at the FETA Board Meeting and Open Forum held on Thursday in London.

“Jobs are being commissioned but there are not enough architects and consultants to cope, so work is starting off half-cocked. This leads to loads of variations and a lot of wasted resource.” said Mr Adlam.

Mr Adlam said this comes on top of dire contract pressure from larger companies further up the supply chain.

“Our members are relatively small and deal with very large companies. They can get wrapped up in contracts they don't really understand. This can lead to payment problems, There is no transparency in contracts,” he concluded.