Without question, one of the hottest topics within the facilities management industry today is how to address the gap in skills that will appear over the next ten years. The problem commonly referred to as the ‘demographic time bomb’ has been highlighted in the survey findings presented by BIFM below.
56 per cent of respondents were born between 1946 and 1964 (indicating that they are currently between the ages of 48-66)
52 per cent of respondents said they aimed to retire between the ages of 55 and 65
48 per cent of those people currently practising are aged over 45 (according to research conducted by Asset Skills)
These findings, and recent articles such as BIFM’s, The Time Bomb Debate and FM World’s The Ticking Bomb, have brought to the surface what some in the FM industry had realised for some time. There are not enough new entrants into the sector to ensure a continuous transference of skills, and in the next ten years, as those practising start to retire, we will be left with less experienced people in facilities management roles.