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Euro staff at Wimpey

GEORGE Wimpey is turning to workers from Eastern Europe to help build its houses and keep the lid on spiralling labour costs.

The house builder's UK chief executive, Paul Redfern, said hundreds of overseas workers had seized the chance to work for it since the European Union was expanded last May.

Mr Redfern added: 'Some trades, especially bricklayers and roofers, are always in short supply. Bricklaying rates have increased dramatically in recent years but the keenness of workers to come over, especially from Poland, has brought a bit more balance to the market.'

The company has translated its site inductions into a host of different languages as part of its health and safety commitment.