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Demand for skilled workers increases as house building sector continues to grow

Published on 6th November 2017

The construction industry may have had a rocky few months, but the UK house building sector has continued to grow, creating plenty of construction jobs and increasing the demand for skilled workers.

October saw an increase in new work coming into the construction industry that ended a 3 month long decline, according to the recent IHS Construction PMI.  While the increase was seen across all sectors of construction, it was largely supported by a strong rise in house building activity.

Tim Moore, Associate Director at IHS Markit commented: “Residential work has been a key growth engine for construction so far in 2017.”

Moving forward, both private and government funded house building is set to expand.

Private housing is expected to grow by 2% in 2018, and on 17th October, the Prime Minister met with housing developers, housing associations and local government officials to discuss increasing housing supply across the UK.

One of the key points discussed in this meeting was the growing need for more skilled workers. It’s no secret that the skills shortage has had an impact on the construction industry for some time. And with house building in particular showing no signs of slowing down, the demand for experienced workers and tradespeople is more evident than ever.

Hiring the right workers during times of economic uncertainty is vital. And when the industry continues to grow despite this uncertainty, it is even more important that you get your recruitment right. To guarantee the quality and timescales of your projects and win the trust of your clients, you need to employ the best workers.

Kalcrest Site Services are leading experts in filling vacancies and finding high-quality, reliable candidates for jobs across the construction industry. Whether you need bricklayers and electricians or health & safety managers and quantity surveyors, we can help you find the right candidates, anywhere in the UK.

To find out more about how we can help you find the right staff for your construction projects, call us on 01709 720348 (Rotherham), 01274 733776 (Bradford) or email

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