Data and comments courtesy of Mike Johnson @ JOHNSONBIM
TRENDS indicate a severe shortage of project funded BIM talent in 2021:
As the digital revolution gathers momentum, the need for BIM competency is rising fast. The number of people required to deliver BIM is increasing faster than the number of BIM trainees entering the system.
It takes at least 2.5 years to fast track a bright BIM Trainee into a ‘Competent’ BIM Coordinator (see the generic BIM Career Map). Covid has slowed down the uptake of trainees (see TRENDS) and lost a year of training. Those already in the system have a huge range of opportunities coming their way (TRENDS).
If you put a frog in a bowl of water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death. If recruiters do not adapt and jump out of the bowl, they will not find the talent they need to survive.
So, my top 6 predictions for 2021 are:
1: More adaptation – as more begin to recruit and realise the problem, more will adapt. The fastest to do so will get the best talent;
2: More BIM Trainees will be recruited – more employers will grow their own talent to keep costs manageable;
3: Career mapping – an increase in individual BIM career mapping to differentiate, attract and retain;
4: Smarter management of remote working – to justify viability and enable improved work/life balance for those who don’t want to be based in an office 5 days/week;
5: Smarter recruitment – more realistic, flexible expectations, smarter advertising and faster response times;
6: Higher salaries – realistic costing in tenders to avoid problems as salaries rise during projects. The BIM Salary Guide gives you the knowledge you need.
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