Construction employment in Scotland fell 4% in the first six months of this year, according to official data.
Provisional figures published by the Office for National Statistics today showed that 164,000 people worked in the industry in June.
This seasonally adjusted figure was down from 166,000 in March and 171,000 in December 2013.
Scottish Building Federation managing director Vaughan Hart warned of a growing skills gap in the country.
“These figures suggest that, although industry output has risen significantly in recent times, this has yet to translate into more construction jobs,” he said.
“Our members are reporting increasing difficulty in finding suitably skilled tradespeople to fill vacancies. We need to redouble our efforts to attract people back into construction and to equip them with the skills and training they need.
“This is absolutely vital to ensure we have the resource to cope with growing demand as the recovery continues to gather pace.”