Concerns raised over North-east construction

Richard Baker MSP.
Richard Baker MSP.

MSP Richard Baker has raised concerns over the construction industry in the North-east after figures revealed there were 40 fewer construction enterprises operating in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in 2013 than in 2012.

In a parliamentary answer, it was revealed that in 2012 there were 625 firms operating in Aberdeen and 1,420 in Aberdeenshire according to the Inter-departmental Business Register. In 2013 these figures had dropped to 610 and 1,395 respectively.

Mr Baker said: “The drop in construction firms operating in the North East is worrying and is a symptom of the Scottish Government’s flawed approach to supporting local construction employment.

“The drop in construction jobs across the city and shire is also concerning given we need skilled workers locally ahead of work beginning on the AWPR. But the construction of the bypass can be an opportunity to improve this situation if it means work going to our local construction businesses. It is vital Ministers ensure the final contract for the AWPR delivers this.

“The Scottish Government have simply not done enough with the power they hold over procurement to support local construction firms and employment here in the North East. These figures show they can’t afford to make the same mistake with the AWPR.”