Construction industry has been 'boosted' by migrant workers

02-05-2008

Construction industry has been 'boosted' by migrant workers
Migrant workers have helped to boost the productivity of the UK construction industry, one expert has said.

Director of external affairs at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) John Slaughter stated that the skills gap in the sector had been bridged by the arrival of experienced foreign workers.

"The availability of migrant labour to meet the shortfall in the short-term is something that can't be matched by joining the workforce through the college system as that does take time," he said.

Mr Slaughter remarked that the "effective operation in the industry" had benefited from the influx of foreign workers.

Although the arrival of skilled workers has helped the construction sector, it has not hindered the progress of the indigenous population, he added.

Last year 160,000 new homes were constructed, the HBF said, falling some way short of the projected household formation of 223,000 a year.

Related categories: Construction / Property.


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