Demand for construction skills set to increase in London and Manchester

London and Manchester are among the top five regions needing extra construction skills as big infrastructure projects like HS2 get underway, according to the latest research.

Analysis by specialist construction and rail recruiter One Way, has found that building professionals are in demand in two of the UK's biggest cities as well as Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

With the upgrade of Bank station, the first phase of HS2, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, Croydon shopping centre and Crossrail there is a "development frenzy" in the capital which is "raising demand for a wide variety of construction and engineering specialists," says Paul Payne, managing director of One Way.

"London is one of the areas that really benefits from the skills of overseas specialists, so it could be one of the most severely impacted when we leave the EU.”

Manchester city centre is being redeveloped to incorporate a new hospital next to Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre which also "promises to drive further future employment," he says.

And with the £1.6bn Manydown Regeneration Phase One delivering a total of 8,000 new homes and planning permission granted for a new residential development just north of Fareham, "there are numerous smaller, but still sizeable, initiatives that have raised demand for construction workers across Hampshire," explains Payne.

The Amesbury to Berwick Down project in Wiltshire is likely to create thousands of roles for construction, engineering and tunnelling professionals while activity on the South West coast has been driven by one major project - the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. With the programme set to create up to 25,000 roles "professionals from a wide range of vertical construction and engineering markets are likely to be sought after to work here," says Payne.

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