The construction of roads, STH and railway lines will mean that huge investments will accumulate in the coming years. As a result, construction companies are again threatened with a price shock and paralysis, reports Rzeczpospolita on Thursday. Staff shortages may turn out to be a particular problem.
As reported by the daily, “representatives of the construction industry are alarming that the total scale of road and rail projects, together with plans for the energy sector and local governments, envisaged for the new EU perspective, exceeds the capacity of companies in terms of the number of employees, necessary equipment or the possibility of obtaining bank guarantees”.
Construction of roads, CPK and railway lines. The problem will be staff shortages
“According to the Polish Association of Construction Industry Employers (PZPB), the accumulation of work will lead to an unprecedented and uncontrolled increase in the prices of materials and services,” we read.
The newspaper points out that PZPB warns that in the absence of effective valorization, it will drastically worsen the financial results of large companies, whose profitability has been fluctuating between 0-3% for years.
“We do not yet have the appropriate potential of contracting authorities for the timely implementation of all infrastructural investments that need to be planned, selected a reliable contractor and efficiently managed,” says Damian Kaźmierczak, chief economist of PZPB, quoted by the daily.
Investment plans of the government and local governments
“In the next 12 years, the government plans to invest only about PLN 500 billion in road and rail infrastructure, which includes nearly PLN 300 billion from road construction plans, 130 billion for the Central Communication Port (CPK) and about PLN 70 billion in investments by PKP Polskie This means that in only two areas of infrastructure he wants to spend much more and in half the time compared to the last 25 years, adds Piotr Malepszak, transport market expert and former president of STH, in an interview with Rzeczpospolita.
The newspaper emphasizes that the problem will be especially staff shortages. In the period of accumulation of works in 2017–2019, there was a shortage of 100-150 thousand jobs on construction sites. employees, but after 2021 the scale of investments is to be much larger.
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