A report published by the sector skills council for construction, ConstructionSkills, claimed that government spending on education, in particular the building schools for the future programme, will provide the largest boost to construction employment outside London with the national picture eclipsing the resource demands of the 2012 Olympic build in the next five years.
The Construction Skills Network report 2007 reveals that 87,600 recruits will be needed each year between 2007-2011 to meet demand and to take account of those leaving the industry - a slight increase on 2006 estimates. The first three waves of the programme, to renew or rebuild every secondary school in the country, will play a major role in the industry's growth. By 2011, every local authority will have funding to renew at least the school in greatest need. An expected £4.7bn is set to be released for construction information and communications technology improvements in schools over the next five years. 90% of the investment will be allocated to construction, making the programme a significant demand on industry resource and expertise. The highest increase in employment will be seen in trades such as bricklaying and building envelope specialists, including cladders and roofers (14%). However, white collar workers continue to be in significant demand. The South of England will see the greatest demand. Together, Greater London, the South East and the East of England are forecast to increase their total share of construction output to 41.1% by 2011 and will need 42% of all new recruits to meet that demand. London alone will need 12,880 new recruits every year - up from 9,520 last year.