UK’s construction loses EU-born workforce

The number of European Union-born workers in the UK construction industry has dropped by more than a quarter in 12 months.

In the third quarter of 2020, there were 127,000 EU-born workers in the industry, down from 176,000 registered in the same period in 2019. The 28 % drop was larger than the 7 % drop in total employment in construction.

The exodus of EU-born workers has been greatest in London, where the decline was 30 % in the period.

The 28 % decline in EU-born workers over the past year has also been significantly greater than the 10 % fall seen for non-EU migrant workers.

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