Over 150,000 jobs in the UK construction sector are set to be created over the next five years, according to a new report by the Construction Industry Trading Board (CITB).
This high level of job growth has been predicted by the national board despite nagging uncertainty caused by Brexit and the recent high-profile collapse of contractor Carillion.
The CITB forecasted average output in construction will grow 1.3% annually, with 158,000 jobs created over five years.
The strongest job growth is expected to come in professional and managerial roles, but CITB said that 15,350 carpenters and 9,350 labourers will be needed to serve the expected rise in housing output.
However, commercial building is expected to stagnate over the next five years as the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU continues to play on the minds of investors.
CITB policy director Steve Radley said: “Despite all the gloom around Carillion and uncertainty from Brexit, our report’s message is that construction will continue to grow and create more jobs.
“Though growth is slightly down on 2017, it’s looking more balanced with housing and infrastructure both expanding significantly, and the range of job opportunities is growing.
“While we need to bring in lots of people in the trades, the fastest growth will be for professionals at 7.8% and for managers and supervisors at 5.6%.
“By 2022, employment will be in touching distance of the heady 2008 peak so we face a massive recruitment and training challenge, which is likely to get harder after Brexit.
“So while we can take some comfort from weathering the recent storms, it’s vital that we make the investment in skills today that will shape our own destiny for tomorrow.”
— CITB (@CITB_UK) February 5, 2018