North East

With an annual average decline of 0.1% over the five years to 2021, the North East’s total construction output is predicted to experience stagnation. This is one of the weakest outlooks across the UK regions and devolved nations.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the Infrastructure sector at 8.2% in the short term
  • Employment in Northern East is forecast to decline by an annual average of 0.6% 
  • North East has an Average Recruitment Requirement of 1,270

Download the 2017-2021 Construction Skills Network report for the North East (PDF, 1MB) 

What does this mean for construction jobs? 

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years, in the North East, are:

  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff  - 200
  • Construction trades supervisors – 150 
  • Specialist building operatives – 110 
  • Senior, executive and  business process managers - 110 
  • Other construction professionals and technical staff - 110

What’s CITB doing to bridge the gap? 

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs. 

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

CITB is also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding.

How can you benefit? 

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.

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