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216,800 New Construction Workers by 2025

By 2025, the industry will need to recruit an additional 217,000 new workers just to meet demand. That’s the forecast of the Construction Skills Network (CSN) 2021-25, published by CITB.

According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).

Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025. We also expect a growing contribution to come from repair, maintenance and improvement work, as retrofitting existing buildings to meet net zero emissions targets becomes more important.

The CSN forecasts UK output to grow annually at an average rate of 4.4% across 2021-2025.​


Key stats from Construction Skills Network

  • The UK average recruitment requirement (ARR) is 4.4%

  • The UK construction workforce is due to grow by 1% per year

  • There will be an extra 216,800 construction jobs to fill in the UK by 2025

  • Private housing work is forecast to grow by £12.1 billion


- https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/news-events-and-blogs/britain-builds-back-construction-will-need-216-800-new-workers-by-2025-to-meet-demand/#


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