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So, Persimmon are axing 1,100 of their 5000 employees. I'm guessing that the actual builders who put brick on brick are not part of this 5000 and Persimmon et al. contract out the actual building to other companies - does anyone know which companies these would be? They must employ many more than 5000 and must surely be thinking of making major lay-offs. Or does the industry work in some other way?

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TDB

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So, Persimmon are axing 1,100 of their 5000 employees. I'm guessing that the actual builders who put brick on brick are not part of this 5000 and Persimmon et al. contract out the actual building to other companies - does anyone know which companies these would be? They must employ many more than 5000 and must surely be thinking of making major lay-offs. Or does the industry work in some other way?

Thanks...

TDB

Hi TDB,

Most contracting these days is done on a management contracting basis, i.e. the main contractor does not have much labour of his own but sub-contracts out the various packages. So I imagine most of those job losses will be overhead staff and management level site staff.

I haven't any experience with residential construction but I believe the main contractors are pretty tough with their subbies. I also understand that they use subbies of varying sizes so anything from a national company to two men and a van could be used. If these subbies become overdependant on working for one main contractor they are to all intents and purposes employees and when the squeeze comes they essentially lose their jobs as well.

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Q

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So, Persimmon are axing 1,100 of their 5000 employees. I'm guessing that the actual builders who put brick on brick are not part of this 5000 and Persimmon et al. contract out the actual building to other companies - does anyone know which companies these would be? They must employ many more than 5000 and must surely be thinking of making major lay-offs. Or does the industry work in some other way?

Thanks...

TDB

there are numerous entrenched sub contractors, some of who i know have given notice to staff and direct employees these will not be part of the declared numbers given by persimmon, as they are not directly employed the knock on effect of this has been apparent for a little while now, there is a lot of people who are looking or have been told they need to look for work shortly.

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