Although there are still more than 16,000 people unemployed in the construction sector in Malaga province, the demand for specialist workers has already begun to exceed the numbers available, according to local developers.
“Formworkers, plasterers, machine operators... the companies can't find the specialists they need,” says the general secretary of the Association of Constructors and Developers of Malaga, Violeta Aragón.
“The problem is that there has been no work for ten years so many have changed profession or have retired,” she explains.
For two years this sector has created more jobs than any other. Since February last year 5,426 workers have registered with Social Security, an increase of 13 per cent. In addition 500 jobs have been created in the real estate sector.
In those two years, property construction and sales have generated more than 11,000 jobs in the province, an increase of 25.5 per cent.
At present about 55,000 people earn their living in these sectors; this is still far lower than before the economic crisis, but there is a clear upward trend.