Construction industry gloom

Construction output fell by 13% in 2012, according to the Construction Skills Network. It forecasts that there will be more than 20,000 fewer workers employed in the industry at the end of 2017, compared to the peak in 2007.

Bleak picture for building industry

3,500 Welsh building workers could lose their jobs over the next five years because on ongoing struggles in the building industry. Output fell in Wales by 13% last year, leaving construction still in recession.

Just one project, the planned Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey, would be responsible for the bulk of any growth, according to the Construction Skills Network. They're the industry training organisation. That, though, will be little comfort for workers in others parts of Wales.

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'Wylfa B' project is bright spot

The biggest forecasted area for improvement between now and 2017 is infrastructure, with average growth of 14.3% per year. That's providing the project to build a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey goes ahead from 2016, which will also generate work for a wide number in the supply chain.

Wylfa nuclear power station
Japanese company Hitachi recently took over the project to build 'Wylfa B' Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

20,000 fewer construction jobs in 2017 than in 2007

Figures from the Construction Skills Network annual report:

  • Construction output fell by 13% in Wales in 2012
  • Construction output projected to rise by 2.7% per year between now and 2017 - above UK average of 0.8% rise

There's usually a lag between output rises and employment, meaning the report projects around 3,560 construction jobs will be lost in Wales between now and 2017.

  • Construction employment projected to fall by 1.5% per year between now and 2017
  • 92,910 construction workers projected to be employed by end of 2017 - that's more than 20,000 (23%) below its peak in 2007

Construction in Wales still in recession

The construction industry in Wales is still in recession - after output fell by 13% during 2012. The annual industry report from the Construction Skills Network does, though, show a more positive outlook for the next few years - with output projected to increase steadily through to 2017.

A house being built
Construction industry jobs are expected to continue falling, before stabilising in 2015 Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire / Press Association Images

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