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Construction Skills Network forecasts 2018-2022 - North East

The North East’s construction industry is the only one projected to decline over the next five years, with annual average falls of 0.8%. This is the weakest outlook across the UK regions and devolved nations.  The new work sector is forecast to decrease by an average of 1.3% per annum while the repair and maintenance sector is likely to fare better with marginal average yearly expansion of 0.2%.

  • Growth is expected to focus on the industrial sector at 2.2% in the short term
  • Employment in North East is forecast to decline by an annual average of 1.6%
  • North East has an average recruitment requirement of 840

Download a summary of the North East CSN report (PDF 166 KB)

Download the full CSN report for the North East (PDF 1.5 MB)

What does this mean for construction jobs?

This means that demand for some trades will be higher than others. The jobs most in demand over the next five years, in the North East, are:

  • Non construction professional, technical and IT staff  - 170
  • Construction trades supervisors – 160
  • Specialist building operatives – 90
  • Labourers - 80
  • Senior, executive and business process managers - 60

What’s CITB doing to bridge the skills gap?

We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs.

We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Go Construct is a web portal showcasing all of the great career opportunities available in our sector.

We are also improving our funding to employers, through a reformed grants scheme that invests in the most needed skills and makes it easier for companies of all sizes to access funding.

How can you benefit?

If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling and financially rewarding career delivering some of the iconic projects in your area, visit Go Construct.

To find out how to access grants to train your workforce, visit CITB funding.

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