The number of jobs in the construction industry is expected to fall at double the national average in Yorkshire and Humber during 2012.
Research by the industry’s sector skills council and training board, CITB-ConstructionSkills, predicts a six per cent fall in the wake of decreasing demand and tough trading conditions.
Growth is expected to be slow and uneven, with conditions not set to improve much before 2013 at the earliest.
Reduced demand for workers will hit professional staff as well as traditional trades.
Although the longer-term forecast is promising, there is concern that short-term job losses will result in a skills shortage when activity picks up.