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Skills Gap in UK – Foreign bricklayers on £1,000-a-week

Building companies in London have hired Portuguese bricklayers on £1,000-a-week wages because of a shortage of Capture d’écran 2014-12-09 à 08.54.28skilled Britons, a recruitment firm has said.

The finding was revealed by Manpower, whose research is said to have confirmed industry fears of a lack of suitably-trained workers.

Manpower managing director Mark Cahill said he was told the normal £500-a-week pay for bricklayers was being doubled.

The government says it is working with firms to “nurture home-grown talent”.

According to Manpower’s research, prospects in the construction industry are at their strongest level since 2007.

But one-in three large construction firms in London are said to have decided not to bid for projects because of a lack of skilled workers.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at BBC News – Foreign bricklayers ‘on £1,000-a-week amid skill gap’.


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