Smaller builders of­fer fewer jobs

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

JOB prospects for small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) in the con­struc­tion sec­tor are con­tin­u­ing to de­te­ri­o­rate, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est state of trade sur­vey from the Fed­er­a­tion of Mas­ter Builders (FMB), the UK’s largest con­struc­tion trade as­so­ci­a­tion.

The sur­vey, the only one of its kind look­ing at con­struc­tion SMEs, re­veals that in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2012, fewer jobs were re­ported by more than a third of builders (37 per cent) and the out­look is lit­tle bet­ter with 30 per cent of con­struc­tion SMEs ex­pect­ing to em­ploy fewer peo­ple over the next six months.

FMB chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Berry said the re­sults were “par­tic­u­larly de­press­ing”.

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