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Bricklayer shortage could throw housing market into crisis

A lack of builders and equipment will put housing plans into meltdown, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The FMB are worried about the state of the UK housing market, fearing that if the next government don’t act quickly, housing quotas will not be met.

‘‘How to solve the housing crisis has been one of the hot topics during this General Election campaign and we welcome the renewed focus on house building by all the main parties. Although each party has its own distinct plans for how the next Government should boost house building, all of them agree it must be a priority,’’ said FMB chief executive Brian Berry.

Ferry is making these comments in response to the latest State of Trade Survey for Q1 2015, which produced mixed results in relation to SME house builders.

Although SME employment increased for the fifth year running, 20 per cent of small building companies stated that their workload has decreased in the latest quarter.

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Over 400 small traders took part in the survey, which revealed that bricklayers are the hardest to recruit, with 50 per cent of respondents claiming to have difficulties hiring skilled bricklayers. This could result in building firms hiring more foreign workers.

‘‘In terms of skills, the ever-growing lack of bricklayers is causing concern. Compared to this time one year ago, more than twice the firms are reporting difficulties recruiting these tradespeople. In the short term, many SME housebuilders may have to rely on migrant labour,’’ continued Ferry.