Access to EU workers necessary to meet house building targets
Access to skilled construction workers from the EU will be necessary after Britain leaves the bloc if it is to meet its house building targets.
According to a survey from the Home Builders Federation (HBF), 56.3% of construction workers engaged in London projects are from overseas.
House building is a key issue for the government, and was a main feature of the recent Autumn Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the government's plans to set aside an investment fund to help deliver 300,000 new homes each year until the mid 2020s.
The same report from the HBF highlights the reality of an aging workforce in the construction industry, and the need to attract more young people. There is a need for more workers to join the industry, and for those workers to be equipped with the vital skills necessary for the level of housebuilding required.
HBF executive chairman, Stewart Baseley, said: "The results of this census clearly demonstrate the reliance the industry currently has on non-UK workers."
He continued: "Whilst the industry is investing heavily in recruiting and training young people leaving our schools, colleges and universities, continued access to overseas workers is absolutely essential".
The HBF has announced it will work closely with ministers to ensure the industry maintains the numbers of workers it needs to follow through on the government's plans to boost housing supply.
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