New home registrations at highest level since 2007
More than 100,000 new jobs have been created in the UK by the increase in housebuilding over the past two years, according to the Home Builders Federation.
About 44,000 more new homes were started in 2014 compared with 2012, just before the Help to Buy equity loan scheme was launched. Although official jobs data is not yet available, HBF has based its figure on industry estimates that every new home built creates 2.4 direct and supply chain jobs.
The news comes as NHBC releases statistics showing new home registrations rose to over 145,000 in 2014. Total registrations were 9% up on in 2013 and the highest since 2007.
In response to the increased demand for skilled workers, the HBF has launched a new website to raise awareness of the careers available in the industry.
www.housebuildingcareers.org.uk is an information portal for school, college or university students. The site also has dedicated sections for military leavers and for those considering returning to the industry or looking for a career change.
The site also contains a number of resources for teachers, parents and industry employees to help demonstrate how the principles of housebuilding can support learning in a range of subjects from maths to geography.
Stewart Baseley, HBF executive chairman, said: “As the industry increases build rates further, tens of thousands of workers will be needed, from apprentices to skilled professionals. The industry needs skilled and ambitious people in a range of areas including bricklayers, site mangers, engineers and finance professionals and offers an exciting and rewarding career for anyone who wants to help build the communities of the future.”