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Construction jobs growth hits highest level since 2015

Published on 12th October 2018

The number of available construction jobs continued to increase last month, fueled by the rapid growth of new business, according to the most recent IHS Markit/CIPS Construction PMI.

The report revealed that activity levels in the construction sector continued to rise during September, although at a slower rate than in August.

Despite the easing of the growth rate, the longer-term prospects for the industry and employment look good, as companies across the UK reported a robust increase in orders, resulting in the strongest rise in new business since December 2016.

Employers responded by looking to add to their workforces in preparation for upcoming larger workloads, leading to the growth in employment being its fastest since December 2015.

As well as hiring qualified staff, a number of firms reported taking on larger numbers of trainees and apprentices than usual. This may be due in part to continued shortages in candidates, which also encouraged employers to put in place more strategic, long-term hiring policies.

Duncan Brock, Group Director at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply said: “The sector kept an eye on the future and increased operating capacity with the biggest rise in job creation since December 2015. Though the struggle for talent remained and many of the opportunities were for entry-level apprentices.”

Kalcrest are a recruitment agency that specialises in supplying skilled, experienced labourers, tradespeople and technical staff for construction projects throughout the UK. Our consultants tailor our services to suit your specific requirements and make sure you find the best people to successfully deliver your projects.

Whether you have a short notice requirement right now, or to discuss future recruitment needs, give the Kalcrest team a call on 01709 720348 (Rotherham), 01274 733776 (Bradford) or contact us via the website.

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