More than 80% of UK construction workers believe Brexit will damage the industry and hinder the completion of high-profile government infrastructure projects. In addition, close to 90% say the UK is reliant upon EU skilled labour while 92% think freedom of movement has been beneficial to the country’s construction sector, according to a study conducted by Birmingham City University.
The researchers, who published their paper in the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, recommend that the UK retains free movement of labour by remaining in the European Economic Area. They also say the constructions industry could be made more attractive to Brits via improved pay, apprenticeships, and the use of labour-saving tech.
The UK’s technology, automotive, healthcare and consumer goods sectors will lose £17 billion a year in export revenues if a hard Brexit takes the country out the single market and customs union, says a recent report.