The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) have produced a 2021 Vision report about the future of the industry. 
 
In the last 12 years the UK has seen a major recession and a pandemic. Like many other sectors, electrical contractors have found it difficult to plan ahead. The report aims to look beyond short-term survival and to plan for future business development. 
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The next 10 years 

The next 10 years 
The report looks at the next 10 years and the opportunities and possible threats faced by the industry. It includes: 
the wider construction industry 
the economy 
client and main contractor requirements 
the range of work needed 
the knowledge and skills required 
key product development and installation trends. 

Opportunities 

generation as the UK’s existing building stock is upgraded. The need for systems that will help to minimise energy consumption will mean electrical contractors need to acquire new skills. 
 
Smart meters for both residential and commercial properties will increase demand for remote monitoring and control. Demand for high-tech electrical and communication installations and maintenance is expected to increase. 
 
Local neighbourhood power generation and vehicle charging networks are also expected to be an area for growth. 
 
More expertise in heating and lighting control techniques for improved energy efficiency will also be needed. 
 

Challenges 

Demand for qualified electricians is expected to exceed demand. New training programmes will be needed as well as schemes for qualified contractors to keep up to date with new technologies and systems that will help to increase sustainability. 
 
The cost of raw materials, in particular copper, could also change approaches to cabling. Closer working relationships are also expected to develop between electricians and building designers and main contractors. 
 
At MSE we already work closely with many of our clients to provide the most up to date and energy efficient solutions.  
 
Please get in touch if you would like to know more. 
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