Merseyside is among the top 15 areas in the country for creating housebuilding jobs according to new figures released today.
In its ‘Building Communities, Boosting Employment’ report the Home Builders Federation (HBF) suggests the industry created 3,096 new jobs across the county during 2014/15.
This total, which puts Merseyside as 15th in the country for generating new employment within the sector last year, is said to put the estimated overall number of housebuilding jobs in the region at 15,179.
The report highlights that across the country housing supply has seen a “sharp turnaround” over the past two years with the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework and the government’s successful Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme helping to increase output by housebuilders.
As a result new jobs are said to have been created directly by developers on site and elsewhere but also in the supply chain.
On releasing the figures Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, says: “The housebuilding industry has increased its output at the steepest rate for decades. Delivering the high quality homes we desperately need is also providing a huge boost to economies across the country.
“The industry is recruiting and training tens of thousands of new people to ensure it can continue to deliver significant sustainable increases in supply and provide the high quality homes the country needs.”
The HBF also believes the industry is now linking up more closely with academia to ensure the demand for skilled people is being met.