10 000 Scottish construction jobs lost

Published:  16 September, 2011

EDINBURGH: Latest employment figures released by the Office of National Statistics has revealed that 10 000 Scottish construction workers lost their jobs between April and June this year. 

Since March 2009, official figures now show the Scottish construction industry has shed 30 000 jobs. The industry has recently cast doubt on an apparent spike in industry employment in the course of 2010, which bore little relation to the harsh realities being reported by building firms up and down the country.

Commenting on the latest regional labour market statistics, Scottish Building Federation chief executive Michael Levack, said: "Official figures clearly show that the longer term trend in construction jobs is downwards and that should be a matter of real concern to our politicians.

"We need to see an even stronger emphasis on protecting and consolidating capital investment in construction projects to support the construction industry and start rebuilding employment, skills and capacity."

Regional Labour Market Statistics for the second quarter of 2011 published by the Office of National show Scottish construction industry employment fell from 182 000 in March 2011 to 172 000 in June 2011, down from 202 000 in March 2009. 

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