Almost 60,000 jobs could be created in Wales in the next two years through government investment in key infrastructure projects.
This research – carried out for the Wales TUC by Transition Economics – shows that fast-tracking spending on projects such as social housing, public transport, and decarbonisation could make a significant contribution to the economic recovery.
Broken down by sector, projected job creation from a £6bn investment in infrastructure would mean:
● 27 thousand jobs in housing construction and energy efficiency retrofits
● 18 thousand jobs in transport upgrades
● 9 thousand jobs in energy, manufacturing, and broadband infrastructure upgrades
● 5 thousand jobs in land, forestry, and agriculture improvements
These jobs would benefit some of the sectors and demographics hit hardest by the COVID19 emergency. Over 75% of the jobs would be created in sectors that traditionally employ non-graduate workers.