HC Deb 20 February 1979 vol 963 c110W
Mr. Goodhew

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of skilled craftsmen in the construction industry registered as unemployed as compared with the number of semi-skilled and unskilled workers in that industry registered as unemployed.

Mr. Golding

At 9 November 1978, the latest date for which an industrial analysis of the unemployed is available, 166,079 people who last worked in the construction industry were registered as unemployed at employment offices and careers offices in Great Britain. There is no division of this number into skilled craftsmen, semi-skilled and unskilled workers. A limited occupational analysis of those registered at employment offices provides the following information for certain selected occupations generally regarded as skilled:

Carpenters and joiners 6,710
Electricians 2,346
Linesmen and cable jointers 95
Heating and ventilating engineering fitters 429
Plumbers and pipe fitters 3,362
Scaffolders (metal scaffolding) 1,440
Other steel erectors and riggers and cable splicers 3,733
Painters and decorators 8,105
Bricklayers and stone setters 4,868
Plasterers 2,399
Terrazzo workers and tile setters 337
Roofers 1,472
Glaziers 284
General builders 1,040
Pipe layers and jointers 572
Concreters 263
Earth movers and civil engineering equipment operators 1,883
Crane, hoist and other materials handling equipment operators 1,589
Total 40,927