Rise in civil jobs not evenly spread warns CECA

Scotland, Wales and the North East of England are going to miss out on a boom in civil engineering jobs, which is set to benefit other parts of the United Kingdom.

The Construction Industry Training Board’s new yearly forecast predicts annual growth in civil engineering jobs of 1.7 per cent by 2021, which would create 35,000 a jobs a year but the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has expressed concern about areas missing out.

“The CITB’s report paints a welcome, positive picture of growth in our sector for the long-term,” said CECA head of external affairs Marie-Claude Hemming.

“Our own research from the last quarter of 2016 shows growth in the infrastructure sector is steady, although there are mixed expectations of how the market will develop in the next 12 months.

“We believe that these concerns are due to the political challenges of developing large projects combined with the UK Government’s decision to leave the EU. These have also been identified in the CITB’s report.

“However, what is more worrying is that the CITB’s figures indicate decline in anticipated growth in the North East and Scotland.

“Furthermore, whilst we welcome the predicted levels of growth in Wales, they are few years down the line. Our own figures show low confidence levels in Wales for next 12 months but with long term potential only if long awaited major projects move ahead.

“Without annual forecasted growth through construction, some parts of the UK will suffer, heavily impacting on the Westminster Government’s efforts to deliver substantial economic improvement for all.”


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