Bricks and brickies in short sup­ply

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

HOUSE build­ing across the UK con­tin­ued its re­vival to­wards the end of 2013 with the pri­vate sec­tor lead­ing the way.

How­ever, the cur­rent in­crease in ac­tiv­ity is en­coun­ter­ing some short­ages of both skills and ma­te­ri­als, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est RICS Con­struc­tion Mar­ket Sur­vey.

Even though the con­struc­tion in­dus­try re­cov­ery is only just get­ting un­der­way, more than a third of re­spon­dents claim that labour short­ages are re­strict­ing build­ing.

Brick­lay­ers re­main par­tic­u­larly scarce due to strong de­mand from the hous­ing sec­tor.

Scarce ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing bricks and con­crete blocks, are also an con­cern for many com­pa­nies.

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