North West

The North West construction output is forecast to rise by an annual average increase of 2% over the next five years. Construction employment is predicted to increase by an annual average rate of 1.9% and it is likely to reach 302,830 by 2022. The annual recruitment requirement in the region is estimated at 1.9% and, on average 5,470 extra employees are needed per year.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the infrastructure sector at 4.1% in the long term
  • Employment in the North West is forecast to grow by an annual average of 1.9%
  • The North West has an average recruitment requirement of 5,470

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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 West, are:

  • Wood trades and interior fit out staff - 640
  • Other construction process managers - 550
  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff - 510
  • Electricians - 510
  • Plumbers -  500

What’s CITB doing to bridge the skills 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. Go Construct is a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

We are 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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