HBF calls for brightest and best to meet the nation’s home building challenge

In a new report launched in Parliament on 4th March, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) highlighted the diverse workforce needed to ensure that the UK meets the challenge of building 300,000 homes every year.  It also stated that more than 49,000 new recruits were necessary to increase housebuilding to meet the government’s target.

The report, Building a Future: Opportunities in Home Building, profiles individuals across a range of industry roles to demonstrate the breadth of professions on offer including finance, design, planning and sales. “There are opportunities for people of all backgrounds and tastes to develop a rewarding career”.

Thanks to a 93% increase in housing output over the past six years, HBF said that the number of entrants needed to keep pace with this growth had significantly risen. As well as the need for more than 49,000 new entrants to increase output in line with government targets – according to industry figures –  HBF also pointed to industry calculations showing that more than 8,000 new recruits were needed for every 10,000 extra homes built.

Housing minister Chris Pincher said: “Building a Future: Opportunities in Home Building demonstrates why this sector is one of the most diverse and well-paid industries in the UK. It caters for everyone from the best and brightest graduates designing and creating the homes of the future to school leavers starting their very first job.”

HBF’s executive chairman Stewart Baseley added that the report showcased homebuilding “as an industry offering diverse, skilled and rewarding career opportunities.

“Our message is clear: Let’s get this country building, let’s build a future and let’s do it with a diverse workforce.”

To read the report in full click here