Construction Workers

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What assessment, if any, have you made of the number of skilled or semi-skilled construction works will be required to build the number of homes set out in the London Plan as well as the infrastructure projects set out in the London Infrastructure Plan 2050? Have you made any estimates of the current number of skilled or semi-skills construction workers currently available in London?


Answer for Construction Workers

Answer for Construction Workers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

According to the latest Workforce Jobs figures, the construction sector in London employs 306,000 people.  This figure has increased from 274,000 in 2008, in response to growth in London's construction sector over that period.  As a result, and whilst no formal assessment of 'labour needs' relating to the various projects set out in the Infrastructure plan including housing have been made, I am confident that the labour market, in conjunction with the various measures we have, and are, implementing (including apprenticeships, the LEP's joint investment plan to provide construction skills training in the capital, boroughs' New Homes Bonus funds as well as London's ESF programme due to launch this year) will satisfy this need.