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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.
The Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, the body which represents firms working on infrastructure around the UK, says cuts to capital spending projects have a big knock-on effect for construction jobs and, ultimately, families.
Anwyl Construction is one of North Wales' biggest homebuilders. Its Commercial Director, Bryn Roberts, says that they look busy for the next year, because of work on affordable housing. He warns that, 'on the private side of things, the confidence is still not there.'
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.
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
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.