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Scottish construction needs stability, MSPs warn

The Scottish Executive should adopt three-year spending plans to ensure steadier workloads north of the border, MSPs have warned.
The latest report of the Scottish Parliament's cross-party construction group also calls for a comprehensive public sector construction programme to match demand with industry capacity.

It says: 'The Scottish construction industry needs security of workload in order to provide best value to clients, security of employment to its workforce and have the confidence to invest in training and equipment.

'Many public sector agencies still operate annual budgets bringing artificial seasonal variations in activity.'

MSPs have also said that the public sector should lead the way in encouraging direct employment among contractors.

It said: 'Skills shortages in the construction industry are attributable in part to a lack of investment in skills and training. This is affected by the employment practices the industry has used for many years, which reduce need and emphasis on training due to the over-provision of self employment.'

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