Slow Down of Growth among Construction SMEs

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have expressed concerns about slower growth in Small Medium Enterprises' (SME) workloads in 3rd quarter of 2018. This is largely due to increasing material prices and 68% of SMEs struggling to hire bricklayers and 59% are struggling to hire carpenters and joiners. Skill shortages are a major concern particularly with worrying post-Brexit immigration proposals. With 13% of construction workers from outside the UK this will have overall impact on construction industry. How are you dealing with this which will not only adversely impact the entire building industry in London but cripple SMEs and Mayors aspirations of building on small sites?    


Answer for Slow Down of Growth among Construction SMEs
Slow Down of Growth among Construction SMEs

Slow Down of Growth among Construction SMEs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is further evidence that Brexit is needlessly crippling our construction industry.  For this reason I hope the Home Secretary will consider the needs of the London economy in considering his response to the recent Migration Advisory Committee report on European Economic Area migration. It would be enormously damaging to end freedom of movement; and then prevent businesses like home builders from continuing to recruit EU workers.