Scottish Construction Requires 5,700 workers per Year to Grow

Published By : 27 Jan 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The highlights of the Construction Industry Board’s report that was published today, is the overall goal set for Scotland’s construction sector. The report says that the nation would achieve a yearly growth of 1.1 per cent within the time frame of 2015 to 2019. To achieve this, Scotland needs to hire 5,700 new workers every year.

The 1.1 per cent projected growth is still lower than the 2.9 per cent growth set by the U.K. over the same period.

Another point noted by the CITB was that some big infrastructure projects, including the Forth Replacement Crossing, were actually supposed to end during the new five year forecast period.

The Construction Skill Network Report also said that the Scottish industry will need 5,700 new trade people on an annual basis and this number does not include apprentices. The new workers’ target includes the number of workers who will retire during the industry’s projected growth.

Scotland’s strategic partnerships director for CITB, Phil Ford, stated that the construction industry workforce on the north side of the border was estimated to increase to 222,040 through the five year forecast period, ahead of the older 220,730.

The average yearly rate of growth for Scotland that has been estimated for the period between 2015 and 2019, being less than half of what the U.K. forecast is, marks a substantial slump. It pushes the overall target away from the previous estimation of 7 per cent pictured in the construction industry in the north of the border in 2014.
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