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Over 230,000 new construction jobs to be created across the UK by 2020

230,000 construction jobs are set to be created throughout the UK in the next five years, according to the latest Construction Skills Network report (PDF, 1.0 MB).

What’s on the up?

Construction is back with strong investment in commercial and infrastructure and growth in private housing, construction is the industry to be in.

It includes a list of exciting projects such as the new nuclear build, Wylfa in Wales, the £200m X1 Media City in Salford Quays development, £500m redevelopment of Birmingham City Centre and the Queensferry Crossing in Scotland. 

What does this mean for construction jobs?

This means that more than 44,000 jobs could be created every year for the next five years and people will be needed in some key areas.

These include: 

  • Non-Construction professional, technical, IT and other office based staff – 9,400
  • Wood trades and interior fit out – 4,320
  • Bricklayers – 2,870
  • Building envelope specialists – 2,510
  • Senior executives, business process managers – 2,120

*annual average recruitment forecast over the next five years 

What’s the challenge?

With growth returning across the country and over 230,000 jobs expected to be created over the next five years, demand for construction workers is high and skills shortages are emerging.

It’s never been more important to attract, train and retain the next generation or workers.

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. Through partnerships and commissioning we will deliver much-needed training where it is most in demand.

Working with industry we’ve launched Go Construct, a new web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

How can you benefit?

If you’re an employer and you want to compete for new work then take a look at the training courses you could access to brush up on your skills.

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.

What's happening where you are?

Use the links below to see the new CSN reports for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions:

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