Home Building Being Hit By Skills Shortage
A serious shortage of skilled construction workers is impacting on the industry's recovery.
Experts have told Sky News that thousands of workers need to be recruited and trained in order to meet intense demand for new housing.
A shortage of homes is among the factors fuelling rapidly rising house prices.
Last year just 108,190 houses were completed in England, fewer than half the 220,000 the Home Builders Federation says are needed to keep up with demand.
However, there currently aren't enough skilled workers. During the recession 390,000 workers left the industry according to the national training organisation, the CITB.
Fewer apprentices have joined the sector since 2008, resulting in an aging work force. A further 410,000 workers are due to retire in the next five years.
Mark Aldcroft, who manages a new build site near Stockport, told Sky News: "Definitely bricklaying and roofers, we're struggling to get an influx of them.
"Sometimes we can't get enough of the joinery industry because they're being pulled from pillar to post, various other contractors and house builders.
"Inevitably it does cause delays," he said.
Jay Culbert, who works as a labourer, said he has noticed fewer young people coming into the industry.
He told Sky News: "People have obviously steered away from it because they were unable to make a career in this when we suffered the recession.
"I think people have steered toward those jobs that require more thinking rather than obviously physical, manual labour."
Mike Bialyj from the CITB said there will "undoubtedly" be an impact on the housing sector.
He told Sky News: "One in 20 companies were forecasting that their business could be damaged or even irreparably damaged due to the skills shortage, so we really do need to make sure we fill the gap."
Tomorrow, the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will outline his plans to take the heat out of the housing market.
It comes as research from charity Shelter shows that rising prices mean 80% of properties for sale in England are now unaffordable for the average working family.
In an exclusive interview with Sky News last month Mr Carney said: "The issue around the housing market in the UK ? is there are not sufficient (numbers of) houses (being) built."
Asked if more houses need to be built, Mr Carney replied: "That would help us out."