Slow recovery for UK construction industry

Published:  28 January, 2010

LONDON: The UK construction industry will not recover from the recession until 2011 said a report by the Construction Skills Network.

Mark Farrar, chief executive of the Construction Skills Network, said: "The situation remains fragile and we are concerned that, given the scale of the public sector deficit, potential funding cuts in the period ahead will further exacerbate the loss of skills before private sector investment has fully recovered."

Output fell by 13% last year, with particularly sharp falls in north-west England, the north-east and West Midlands.

The report says that 375 000 jobs will be lost in the industry by 2011 and only about 100 000 of those jobs will be recouped by 2014.

Construction output in the next few years is forecast to be strongest in Wales, Scotland, eastern England, and the East Midlands.

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