The construction industry is a major employer in Yorkshire, accounting for 5.2% of the jobs, compared with a national average of 4.8%. The high figure comes despite a slump that has seen local employment in the sector fall by around 20,000 in the past three years.
However, there are signs of a recovery and a CITB report has predicted that an additional 6,400 construction jobs will be created in the Yorkshire and the Humber region by 2016. The industry body's research concluded that the roles specialist recruitment agencies are most likely to be asked to fill are construction manager, bricklayer, painter, floor layer and plumber.
The construction industry in the UK is dominated by a group of major contractors, including Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Laing O'Rourke, and they take on many of the largest projects in Yorkshire. However, there is also a range of well-established local firms that need staff, such as JN Bentley, Shepherd Construction and JF Finnegan.
Salaries for permanent construction jobs in Yorkshire are close to the national average, with site managers paid around £42,000, quantity surveyors earning in the region of £40,000 and bricklayers receiving approximately £20,000 a year. There is also demand for construction staff to work on a temporary basis via recruitment agencies on major projects.