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Construction firms tell Cameron they will keep recruiting

Bosses at construction firms, Balfour Beatty, Mitie and Amec, will tell David Cameron today that they will create hundreds of jobs and recruit more young people throughout 2011.

The Prime Minister is hosting 19 business leaders at Downing Street today in a bid to canvass opinions on how government can help facilitate private sector growth.

The trio will be joined by bigwigs from the likes of Asda, McDonalds and Shell at the event.

Mr Cameron said: “We can only get our economy back on track by creating a climate in which the private sector can grow and develop, creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country. This year the Government is determined to help deliver many thousands of new jobs and I’m delighted that the companies joining me today are part of that.”

Retailers make up the lion’s share of the invited business leaders, but the three construction giants make up the second largest single sector.

“Across a whole range of areas you’re going to see the most pro-business, pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda ever unleashed by a government. It’s time we looked forward to a positive, strong, confident Britain. By developing the right skills and jobs I am determined that the many not the few will share in the country’s prosperity.”

Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler said the firm intended to take on 200 graduates alone in 2011, and pledged to continue growing its workforce for the rest of the year.

Amec chief executive Samir Brikho said the firm had recruited in excess of 1,400 people in the UK in 2010 and hoped for similar growth in 2011.

He said: “We are an international business operating in over 40 countries and currently have around 1,000 vacancies worldwide, nearly half of which are in the UK. With the current workload and anticipated future contract awards we would expect our recruitment activity to continue in 2011.”

Mitie Group chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith added that she would seek to build on the £4 million spent on training last year as well as its programme of recruiting apprentices.

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