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Drop in EU migrant workers sounds alarm bell for UK construction

Drop in EU migrant workers sounds alarm bell for UK construction

2 September 2018 Email this article

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said that the recent drop in EU net migration should sound alarm bells for the construction industry, saying that the fact that EU net migration is at its lowest level since 2012 is “deeply worrying”.

Commenting on the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report for August 2018, published by the Office for National Statistics, Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs at the FMB, explained:

“The drop in EU net migration is a particular problem for industries like construction. At present, 9% of our construction workers are from the EU and therefore we are more reliant than most on EU workers. In London, this proportion rises to nearly one third.

“We can’t afford to lose any more EU workers as currently two-thirds of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers and 60% are struggling to hire carpenters and joiners.

“If the Government wants its new homes and infrastructure projects built, it needs to do more to back up our industry’s message to all EU workers – they are welcome and they do have a bright future here in the UK.”