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Potential constraint on free labour movement affecting construction sector post Brexit

Almost 11 per cent of 2 million UK construction workers hail from the EU

UK Border Post Brexit

The Built Environment leaders have sent a stark warning to the UK Government of a construction skills and workforce deficit if the ability to attract skilled workers with free right of movement to the UK is not secured in the wake of the British peoples vote to leave the European Union.

European labour is ’vital to the growth and flexibility of the construction sector’, with 11 per cent of 2 million workers from within the built environment sector originating from abroad, as posited by the Office for National Statistics.

The construction consortium that is pushing this line is comprised of The Royal town Planning Institute, The Chartered Institute of Building, The Royal Institute of British Architects, and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In concert they have appealed to the Rt. Hon David Davis MP, the State Secretary appointed to steer Brexit proceedings.

Amanda Clack

Representative for the concert party and RICS President Amanda Clack commented “We are in the grip of our worst construction crisis in almost 20 years”. Further adding, “There is a real concern within our industry that if access to a skilled workforce is further restricted, Britain could stop building. My Colleagues and I would urge the Government to keep this at the front of their minds when it comes to negotiate our withdrawal from the EU,” she iterated.

Amanda Clack further went on to say, “While the initial post-Brexit slump arrears to have stabilised, it is important that the UK Government focuses on maintaining infrastructure and construction investment leading up to and after Brexit, ensuring the right conditions are in place to attract infrastructure investors in all sectors across the UK,”, and concluded with the salient message, “ As we approach an unprecedented period of uncertainty, it is fundamental the Government prioritises infrastructure and it remains at the forefront of maintaining a strong economy,”.

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