Gulf garbage isn’t glamorous, but it’s interestingby James Morgan on Apr 15, 2017
One could argue that the facilities management (FM) sector is in need of a makeover. Personally, I find it fascinating to learn how the everyday conveniences that most of us take for granted are meticulously controlled from behind the scenes. However, I appreciate that not everybody shares my enthusiasm.
Of course, I’m not the first person to make this observation. A report published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in March 2017 found that the FM sector is facing a “critical shortage of professionals”, and urgently needs to attract new talent.
The authors of Raising the Bar: From Operational Excellence to Strategic Impact of FM surveyed more than 2,500 industry professionals from around the world and, noting that the average age of the workforce is currently 50.9 years, called for the global FM community to transform its image.
Paul Bagust, UK commercial property director at RICS, said: “In the past, FM has been seen as a Cinderella profession, which explains the problems in attracting and retaining new talent to replace professionals when they leave. To challenge this image, we must increase our strategic focus [by championing] the ways in which FM can enhance productivity, and show the vital role that FM professionals play in the workplace.”