House building drive creates 106,000 new jobs, report finds

The house building industry created a significant jobs boost during 2015, creating 106,000 new jobs, according to research conducted by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

The study found a sharp rise in development, compared to the previous year, with 25 per cent more homes being built, which led to a corresponding jobs boost. Data shows over 10,000 posts were created in London, 5,418 in Greater Manchester, and around 5,000 in both Essex and Oxfordshire.

North Yorkshire saw the biggest proportional growth with employment numbers doubling. The house building industry is now estimated to employ 667,000 people all together.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, said: “The house building 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.”