Floods are boosting jobs market and the trades

The UK’s recent flooding damage has given the construction industry an ‘unexpected boost’ that will create new trade jobs and help economic growth, the latest Manpower employment survey revealed today.

Manpower forecasts an increase on the number of hired tradesmen and women.


The recruitment company said recent construction work had boosted the industry by an estimated £250 million, and firms were looking to take on more staff in the future.


Energy firms have also had to recruit more engineers in the past few weeks to help restore power to thousands of homes, as well as more customer service workers to handle compensation claims.


In a BBC interview this morning Mark Cahill, managing director of Manpower UK said that the government’s Help to Buy scheme is partly to thank, but that the bad weather could also be responsible.


Mr Cahill said: “With over 6,000 properties flooded, and an average repair bill of £30,000-£40,000, the beneficiaries of all this extra work will be builders who are already being called in to repair homes,


“We could be talking about an economic gain of about £250 million to this industry alone.”


According to survey responses from employers in the construction industry, more are planning to hire extra staff than decrease numbers.


This is the first time Manpower’s forecasts for the building construction sector have been positive since before the recession.

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