Following the announcement by the National House-Building Council (NHBC) that property building applications have increased by four per cent in the last three months, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated that there is still a "massive" difference between supply for homes and demand.

Industry workers with approved electrical qualifications could therefore become more important than ever, with the government's housing adviser commenting that 237,000 new homes should be built every year between now and 2031.

With such a backlog of work expected, the need for properly trained professionals on each project may be unprecedented.

The FMB's director of external affairs Brian Berry believes it is important for the construction sector to return to the activity level of old and "raise it again to get it to keep pace with demand, then raise it once again in order to begin to tackle the accumulated backlog of supply built up over decades of under production."

Having been established for over 60 years, the FMB is currently the UK's largest building sector trade association.

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