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CECA: Concern construction jobs boom not UK-wide   8th February 2017

Civils contractors today welcomed the news that the construction industry is on track to create 35,000 jobs a year for the next five years, but expressed caution that the anticipated growth will not benefit all areas of the UK. 

The Construction Industry Training Board had published its yearly forecast on the sector’s future which forecasts annual growth of 1.7 per cent by 2021. 

Yet while most areas of the UK are anticipated to grow, Scotland and the North East of England are forecast to contract, while Wales’s substantial growth is forecast on projects at least two years away. 

Commenting, CECA Head of External Affairs Marie-Claude Hemming said: “The CITB’s report paints a welcome, positive picture of growth in our sector for the long-term.

“Our own research from the last quarter of 2016 shows growth in the infrastructure sector is steady, although there are mixed expectations of how the market will develop in the next 12 months.  

“We believe that these concerns are due to the political challenges of developing large projects combined with the UK Government’s decision to leave the EU. These have also been identified in the CITB’s report. 

“However, what is more worrying is that the CITB’s figures indicate decline in anticipated growth in the North East and Scotland. 

“Furthermore, whilst we welcome the predicted levels of growth in Wales, they are few years down the line. Our own figures show low confidence levels in Wales for next 12 months but with long term potential only if long awaited major projects move ahead.

“Without annual forecasted growth through construction, some parts of the UK will suffer, heavily impacting on the Westminster Government’s efforts to deliver substantial economic improvement for all.”
  

 

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