89% of Builders Delay Jobs Amid Materials and Trades Shortages

89% of builders delayed jobs this summer
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Nine out of 10 local builders are having to delay jobs due to either materials or skills shortages, according to a new survey from the Federation of Master Builders.

The construction materials shortage has put a strain on SME builders and tradespeople all year, while record construction unemployment - there were 43,000 vacancies between July-September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says - means tradespeople are facing overwhelming demand.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.