Scottish construction jobs fall

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Scottish construction employment figures declined by 1,000 during the first quarter of 2016, it has emerged…

The Scottish construction job market reportedly saw a decline in the first quarter of 2016, falling by 1,000 to 188,000.

This will undoubtedly be bad news for the sector which had seen four consecutive quarters of employment growth during 2015.

The figures were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as part of their updated industry employment figures.

Scottish Building Federation managing director, Vaughan Hart, said: “Following several years of declining job numbers in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, we saw encouraging signs of employment growth in the Scottish construction industry during 2015, up 13,000 over the year. Since moving into 2016, this trend seems to have halted.

“More generally, we maintain our concerns that industry employment has failed to keep pace with record levels of industry output.

“There is also ongoing evidence to suggest that industry output remains imbalanced across different sectors with the infrastructure sector responsible for much of the recent growth.

“This is not a sustainable situation. We need to create a suitable environment for all sectors of the industry to grow and to maintain a concerted campaign to attract more workers into the industry and promote construction as a positive career choice.”

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