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Skanska to create 1,500 new jobs in the UK

Skanska is planning to create 1,500 new construction jobs in the UK over the next two to three years.

The new jobs will be needed to complete major rail, water, building and roads projects Skanska has already been awarded, as well as for future growth, the company said.

Prime minister David Cameron is expected to announce that £36bn of planned investment into UK infrastructure for 2014/15 could support more than 150,000 construction jobs.

He will make a joint appearance with chancellor George Osborne today to highlight more than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, flood defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management that are due to start in 2014/15.

Mr Cameron will say: “Ensuring Britain has first-class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan: supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hard-working people.

“As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan, this government is backing business with better infrastructure so that more jobs and opportunities are created for hard-working people, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families.”

Skanska said it expected a period of planned growth and expansion and would increase its workforce across a range of sectors, with focus on construction and infrastructure contracts.

Skanska UK president and chief executive Mike Putnam said: “With more focus on infrastructure investment, we have seen our visible pipeline of new work growing strongly during the last nine months, giving us increased confidence about the future.”

Speaking to Construction News in February, Skanska UK’s executive vice-president Bill Hocking said the firm’s strategy from 2015 to 2020 would be tip the business in favour of infrastructure, with it split roughly 55:45 between infrastructure and building.

In January, CITB research revealed the construction industry overall will need to recruit 36,400 people a year over the next five years to keep up with demand, due to faster-than-expected recovery.

Skanska also highlighted commercial building in London as one of the areas where new jobs would be needed.

Last week the contractor signed a £95m deal with Helical Bar to build One Mitre Square in the City of London.

The contractor has landed several high-profile London office jobs in the last year, including the £500m 52 Lime St (Scalpel) job for W R Berkley, the £177m 1 New Street Square development in the City of London for Land Securities and the £29m 100 Cheapside redevelopment, backed by partners including Quadrant.

Skanska will also focus on increasing its workforce for projects for health and pharmaceutical clients.

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