The construction industry was hit last year by public spending cuts and a lack of investment in the private sector, according to a report from the Construction Skills Network.
By 2017 construction output will still be 12% down on its 2007 peak, and employment 17% down on its peak in 2008.
We don't anticipate the industry returning to its former levels until at least 2022, meaning this will be one of the most difficult periods for construction on record.
The report added that recruitment is set to run at under 30,000 a year from now until 2017, to fill vacancies arising from workers leaving.
More top news
The Queen and senior members of the monarchy will attend services around the world to commemorate the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli.
The Liberal Democrats have proposed to invest an extra £10 million in mental health care for military personnel
David Cameron hopes to set out a positive vision of Toryism for ethnic minorities predicting the UK's first black PM will be Conservative