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Growth of demand for permanent construction staff accelerates

September data has highlighted continued increases in demand for construction workers.

The latest data from the Report on Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC, showed that growth of demand for permanent staff accelerated whereas that for temp workers softened.

The index for permanent construction professionals rose from 61.9 in August to 64.7 in September and was above the average for all types of permanent staff (62.0).  

Construction was ranked third out of nine in the demand for staff ‘league table’.

KPMG head of infrastructure Richard Threlfall said: “This latest data confirms the unrelenting pressure on the UK construction industry from both shortage and cost of labour. Over the last year construction has moved up the ranking to become the third highest sector in terms of demand for permanent staff, and this month’s report highlights critical shortages in construction estimators and temporary construction workers.

Mr Threlfall argued this latest jobs data is a more reliable bellwether of the real position of the industry: high demand; supply-constrained; cost-squeezed.

He said it shows good times for those who have invested in their workforce, hold their loyalty and can bring an experienced team to site.

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