London to see growth in construction jobs, as country faces decade of difficulty in industry

07:52 16 January 2013

London is one of only two areas that could see a rise in construction jobs. File picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

London is one of only two areas that could see a rise in construction jobs. File picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

London is one of just two areas in Britain that will see employment levels grow in construction, according to a new study.

The industry lost around 60,000 jobs last year, and is facing another decade of “pain”, the annual skills report said.

The report painted a “stark” picture in 2012, with a 20 per cent downturn in public sector housing contracts, a 5 per cent fall in the private housing sector and a 15 per cent cut in road and other infrastructure construction.

The Construction Skills Network predicted falls in job levels every year until 2016, reaching a low of 2.3million, the worst for over a decade.

Recruitment is set to run at under 30,000 a year from now until 2017, mainly to fill vacancies arising from workers leaving, said the report.

Only Greater London and the East of England will see employment levels grow, according to the research.

Spokeswoman Judy Lowe said construction had found itself at the centre of a “perfect storm” last year, hit by public spending cuts and a lack of investment in the private sector.

“Worryingly, the outlook doesn’t look much better. By 2017 construction output will still be 12 per cent down on its 2007 peak, and employment 17 per cent down on its peak in 2008.

“We don’t anticipate the industry returning to its former levels until at least 2022, meaning this will be one of the most difficult periods for construction on record.”

There are around 150,000 unemployed construction workers, potentially costing the economy £2.1billion a year in benefits and lost tax revenue, the report added.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest business news

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Oxfam have turned Trafalgar Square into a giant tropical tax haven today (Picture: Oxfam)

London’s Trafalgar Square will look a little different today, with palm trees, deck chairs and a beach. But it’s not all as pleasant as it seems.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Nicola Thorp, 27, has launched a petition for a change in the employment law (Picture: Nicola Thorp/ London24)

Actress Nicola Thorp was forced to leave a temping receptionist job in central London because she refused to wear high heels. After the petition she launched to make it illegal for companies to enforce “outdated and sexist” dress codes went viral, the firm employing her has scrapped their controversial policy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Nicola Thorp, 27, has launched a petition for a change in the employment law (Picture: Nicola Thorp/ London24)

Actress Nicola Thorp claims she was forced to leave a temping receptionist job in central London because she refused to wear heels and makeup. Now she is launching a petition to make it illegal for companies to enforce “outdated and sexist” dress codes.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Prime minister David Cameron wants the United Kingdom to stay in the EU. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Thousands of people are planning to protest outside the prime minister’s home at Downing Street on Saturday April 8 after revelations about his personal finances.

Monday, April 4, 2016
Young people can only get takeaway food unless they are accompanied by an adult  (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A McDonald’s in Sutton has banned unaccompanied under-18-year-olds from eating inside, prompting claims of age discrimination.

Friday, February 26, 2016
London City Airport

London City Airport has been sold to a Canadian-led consortium for an estimated £2billion.

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

London Bloggers

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Vintage Salt

Vintage Salt, in Liverpool Street, is wonderfully atmospheric, like stepping back into a dining room at a period seaside resort.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Pickled sardines

On a dreary main road where high rise flats line the horizon Rootdown restaurant stands next to a busy roundabout.