Visa rules for foreign bricklayers and plasterers relaxed to fill skills shortages

Bricks and blocks in a builders yard with builders in the background
Key foreign workers such as bricklayers, roofers, carpenters and plasterers now face easier visa applications in order to tackle the construction industry's skills shortages (Image credit: Getty)

Foreign skilled workers will now be granted easier to access visa applications to come to the UK, as the government announces new measures to tackle the skill shortages in the labour market.

It was previously reported by Homebuilding & Renovating that immigration rules were set to be relaxed to ease skills shortages for builders to tackle the large number of vacancies in the construction industry and help homeowners find a builder, and these changes have now been brought in.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.