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Construction industry can thrive outside the EU

Published on 13th January 2017

The UK should be confident that its construction sector can thrive once the country leaves the European Union, according to leading industry consultancy The Vinden Partnership. 

November’s construction output figures from the Office of National Statistics saw a slight contraction in output on the previous month’s figures, but the Partnership identified grounds for optimism in the rise in new work - up 4.4% on the corresponding period in 2015.

In a boost to the house building industry, November also saw an increase of 1.2% from October - the greatest jump for almost a year. This was largely driven by a sharp rise in public housing, which was up 5.5% on October and 13.7% from November 2015.

Peter Vinden, Managing Director of The Vinden Partnership, said that a close examination of the ONS statistics revealed a much more positive position than the headline 0.2% contraction in the overall figure, which was largely caused by a drop in the non-housing repair and maintenance sectors.

“Clearly the housebuilding sector is as vital as ever and its strong performance is good news for the government’s commitment to building a million homes by 2020, construction firms and all the young people desperate to get onto the property ladder,” Mr Vinden explained.

“The economic consequences if Britain dared to vote for a Brexit have not yet materialised. The country can be confident it can thrive outside of the European Union and the government needs to get on with the job of giving us the best possible platform for the future.”

Many construction businesses are still finding it difficult to source the right skills for their vacancies. This is having a detrimental impact on their projects and some are turning work down because of it.

Kalcrest Site Services have worked exclusively in construction recruitment for more than a decade, so have the advantage of an extensive database of qualified and experienced workers. This allows us to help ease the difficulties our clients face in finding the right skills for projects by supplying reference-checked site workers for short or long-term assignments.

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