A new report has suggested there may be more job opportunities for electrical course students in the south of England than in the north.

The study carried out by ConstructionSkills predicted the construction industry in the east, south-east and Greater London will see annual growth of 2.4, 2.2 and 1.8 per cent respectively on average over the coming five years.

According to the Construction Skills Network (CSN) report, the main drivers of developments during this time will be the industrial and commercial sectors, which often require the services of technicians who have completed electrical courses.

Judy Lowe, deputy chairman of ConstructionSkills, said: "The next couple of years will be really tough for the industry. But as the CSN forecasts show, there are signs of longer-term confidence returning to the market."

Contraction of the construction industry was predicted in many parts of the north.

One development in London that could call for the expertise of trained tradesmen is the Walkie Talkie skyscraper, with work on the building having started this month.

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