UK construction workforce shrinks

posted 15.09.2011

There has been a fall in the number of people employed in the UK construction industry.

According to the latest labour market statistics which are provided by the Office for National Statistics, there were 2,093,000 people employed in construction in June 2011, which has dropped from 2,158,000 since June 2010.

Between March and June this year 2,000 people have lost their jobs within the industry. Scotland has been heavily affected with the loss of 10,000 jobs.

The UK construction Industry workforce as a whole has shrunk 3%.

Scottish Building Federation Chief Executive Michael Levack said: ?These latest statistics provide worrying evidence of worsening economic conditions as 10,000 Scottish construction workers lost their jobs between April and June this year. Since March 2009, official figures now show the Scottish construction industry has shed 30,000 jobs. ?

?The industry has recently cast doubt on an apparent spike in industry employment in the course of 2010, which bore little relation to the harsh realities being reported by building firms up and down the country. However, official figures clearly show that the longer term trend in construction jobs is downwards and that should be a matter of real concern to our politicians. We need to see an even stronger emphasis on protecting and consolidating capital investment in construction projects to support the construction industry and start rebuilding employment, skills and capacity.?

Recipro sourced this article from Construction Index.

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