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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2017-2021 - East

Construction output in the East of England is projected to grow at a modest annual average rate of 1% between 2017 and 2021, noticeably below the UK average of 1.7%. Growth in new work is set to exceed that of repair and maintenance (R&M), with rates of 1.4% and 0.5% respectively. Total construction employment for the region is predicted to grow by 0.3% per annum on average, half the UK rate of 0.6%. 

  • Growth is expected to focus on the infrastructure sector in the short term at 7.2%
  • Employment is forecast to grow by an annual average of 0.3%
  • The East of England has an average recruitment requirement of 3,970

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 East of England are:

  • Electricians and installers - 510
  • Painters and decorators – 340
  • Other construction professional and technical staff – 350
  • Wood trades and interior fitters – 330
  • Civil engineers - 220

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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