Dire forecasts from CITB-ConstructionSkills predict 45,000 jobs will be lost across the industry this year as output falls by 3% during 2012.
Manual trades will be hit the hardest as the make-up of the industry changes while demand for construction managers will be greatest.
CITB predict that by 2016, demand for painters and decorators is expected to be 6,300 below 2010 levels, manual labourers 3,000 below and bricklayers 2,500.
The number of construction managers needed will be up 30,000 by 2016 on 2010 figures.
Judy Lowe, Deputy Chairman CITB-ConstructionSkills said: “The Construction Skills Network clearly shows that our industry is in for a tough time.
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