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Contractors expect £200m of academy jobs per year

Contractors expect about £200 million of academies projects to be approved in the forthcoming financial year.

It is understood that delivery body Partnerships for Schools has approved £800m of academy jobs that have been on hold since last summer.

Sources say the indications are that the jobs will be released evenly through the four years of the forthcoming spending review period. This would mean roughly 20 jobs at an average of £10m each going through the framework in 2011/12.

One source said: “The framework has stopped and started and we haven’t had any new work for months. There will be hunger for the new jobs.”

Another added: “People have holes in their order books, there will be a lot of interest.”

It is thought that to make the jobs viable, some of the smaller schemes will be batched together, and that the procurement process will be sped up as much as possible.

Balfour Beatty, Bam Construct, Bovis Lend Lease, Carillion, Interserve, Kier, Sir Robert McAlpine, Wates and Willmott Dixon are on both regions of the academies framework.

They are joined in the North and Midlands by Clugston, Shepherd and Vinci; and in the South by Apollo, JB Leadbitter and Rydon.

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