60 Seconds: Builders have left the building




I have a question for Theresa May and Spreadsheet Phil… How are we supposed to ‘take back control’ of our borders and build 300,000 homes a year?

To state the blindingly obvious – it takes builders to build houses. And nowadays most of them are from EU countries.

One in five workers on home building sites are from overseas, rising to almost 60% in London.

Also, foreign-born workers are broadly younger than workers born in the UK. Around 70% from the EU are in the 20-39 age group compared to only around a half of those born in the UK.

Already, many are packing their tools and heading home. Let’s look at what’s happening in the NHS as a guide.

Builders have left the buildingAccording to The Guardian,the number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe has plunged by 89% since the UK voted to leave the EU, figures have revealed.

The sharp fall coincided with a sudden increase in qualified European medics leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register: from 2,435 in 2015-16 to 4,067 in the last year – a rise of 67%.

An average of 1,966 nurses and midwives from Spain joined the register every year between 2012 and 2016. However, that fell by 95% to just 104 people between October 2016 and September 2017.

Similarly, the number of health professionals from Romania joining the register has dropped from 1,604 a year during those four years to only 216 last year. There has also been a dramatic drop in the numbers coming to work from Italy (1,325 down to 187), Portugal (1,127 to 73) and Poland (305 to 34).

If the figures for nurses and doctors are repeated in the building industry then there is no hope of fixing the ‘broken house building market.’ It will be more like 30,000 new homes rather than 300,000.

Good luck, Mrs May and all Brexiteers.

Have a good weekend.


This week at Curtin&Co

This week we have been delighted to say a huge “thank you” to some of our clients who made it to our Christmas events around the UK. Although lunch is still the high point of the PR day we have been working hard to prep our pre-Christmas applications… We promise!
The week ahead

HBF’s census of sense
Home Building Workforce Census 2017

The very nimby caterpillar 
Sun-loving caterpillars block housing plans

Laughing all the way to the land bank
The UK is worth £10tn – and more than half of that is from land value

The baby boomers are back in town
Baby boomers are cashing in the country house and returning to London

And Finally…

‘Home is South London mate’
Sadiq Khan quips at BBC reporter who asked if it felt good ‘coming home’ to Pakistan

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