Some regeneration bodies are retaining staff for as little as a year, as the sector struggles with a recruitment crisis.

Almost two-thirds of quangos and housing associations say recruitment has become even more difficult over the past year and regeneration executives say that possible cuts in public spending, the 2012 Olympics and uncertainty caused by the government’s review of delivery agencies, could further affect the industry’s ability to recruit staff.

The findings, from the 2006 Working in Regeneration survey of 50 regeneration sector chief executives, are published in this week’s issue of Regenerate, the housing and regeneration supplement of Building. The study was carried out by consultant PSD Group.

Tony O’Neill, head of residential development and regeneration at PSD, said: “There is a shortage of good people across the sector.”

Alan Cherry, chairman of Countryside Properties, said: “Regeneration has grown massively over the past six years, so it is unsurprising that we have an ill-equipped workforce.”