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Skills shortage may halt sector's recovery - poll

The Federation of Master Builders' latest poll of small and medium-sized construction firms has revealed employment growth for a sixth consecutive month, a trend expected to continue over the next quarter, accompanied by rising pay for workers. However, a skills shortage was also reported, mirroring findings from other surveys. Around half of the 400 or so SMEs questioned by the FMB said they were struggling to hire bricklayers, potentially derailing the sector's recovery, whilst others highlighted difficulties in finding sufficiently-trained carpenters and joiners, site managers and supervisors.

 

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