Immigration rules to be relaxed to ease skills shortages for builders

Man plastering interior wall
Plasterers are in short supply since Brexit (Image credit: Getty Images)

Foreign builders could be able to easily access work visas in the UK after the government updated its shortage occupation list.

The country needs 53,000 additional workers a year to meet construction demand, according to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with current levels of available tradesmen making it difficult trying to find a builder.

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