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CHEAP Polish brickies have put the brakes on pay hikes in the construction industry.

Wage inflation is running at 4.8 per cent - against six per cent a year ago.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors adds the rise in Eastern European workers has pushed skills shortages to a seven-year low.

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Just in time for 'Gord's plumb girls' jobs':


Thousands of women are to get free training to become plumbers, sparkies and engineers in this week's Budget.

Chancellor Gordon Brown will announce a multi-million pound package to help one million females return to work.

This will include cash for 10,000 women to train as bricklayers, plumbers and other skilled construction trades.

Mr Brown delivers his tenth Budget on Wednesday -- with growing personal hopes that he will soon be in Number 10.

Last night a Treasury insider said: "Gordon is going to double the investment in skills coaching to help women.

"He is alarmed at the gap in skills facing the construction industry and the size of female unemployment."

Mr Brown's Budget cash will be paid to Jobcentre Plus officials who will work with construction chiefs to line up women for training.

The increase in last week's dole queue figures was down to a rise in jobless women.

Friends say Mr Brown has been "alarmed" by the figures that show one million females looking for work. There are also 750,000 part-timers who want full-time jobs.

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