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Scottish construction jobs up 14pc

Construction jobs in Scotland rose by 14 per cent to 187,000 over the year to September 2010, the Scottish government announced yesterday.

The employment statistics were released as politicians and industry leaders gathered in Edinburgh yesterday for Scotland’s first-ever construction summit.

According to the Scottish government’s statistics, Scotland’s construction sector continued to grow strongly in the third quarter of 2010, outperforming the UK and supporting the wider Scottish economy.

Enterprise minister Jim Mather, housing minister Alex Neil and skills minister Angela Constance yesterday met construction industry representatives to discuss opportunities for the government and the sector to work closely to sustain and build on this success.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Mr Mather said: “While there is no doubt that construction, like our economy as a whole, has faced some extremely tough times, there has been strong growth in this sector for three consecutive quarters now, outperforming the UK as a whole. That vindicates the decisive action we have taken through our Economic Recovery Plan to stimulate investment by bringing forward work on vital infrastructure projects in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and by maximising our £3.3 billion capital spending for 2010-11.

“Today’s summit forms a crucial part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing work and engagement with the construction sector and presents a chance to emphasise its vital importance. Not only is it a driver of job creation, a solid infrastructure base is also a crucial foundation on which to build our growth strategy.”

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