A forecast released today by the Construction Industry Training Board is predicting the creation of 25,000 jobs in the construction industry across the North West over the next five years.
The annual Construction Skills Network five-year forecast puts emphasis on large projects in the region, such as the £300m Liverpool2 container terminal at the Port of Liverpool and the £1bn expansion of MediaCityUK in Salford, which it said will drive growth of 2.5% each year from 2017-2021. This is significantly above the UK average of 1.7% growth.
The CITB is predicting high demand for traditional trades with an extra 3,450 carpenters, 3,250 electricians, and 1,900 bricklayers needed. There is also demand in white collar jobs with 550 architects, 1,000 process managers and 250 senior managers required.
The report identifies infrastructure as the North West construction industry’s best performing sector.
The CSN forecasts an annual average increase of 7.9% in infrastructure projects in the region over the five-year period. These include the enabling works for Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria, the ports development at Liverpool and Wirral Waters, a six-lane toll bridge across the River Mersey and the HS2 rail development.
Commercial building is predicted to see an annual yearly rise of 2.3% until 2021.
The number of public non-housing projects in the pipeline is set to increase by 4.1% each year for the next five years. Work at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University along with several other smaller scale developments are driving this steady rise in output.
The Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal is set to receive £434m of public sector funding which will expand transport infrastructure in Preston and South Ribble and allow the development of more than 17,000 new homes over the next ten years.
Gillian Brewin, partnerships manager in the North West at CITB, said: “Construction in the North West is well and truly booming and the outlook for the next five years looks prosperous. With so many new developments planned or underway, there will be thousands of new work opportunities opening up.”