A HOUSEBUILDING firm has announced plans to create hundreds of jobs for the region because the demand for houses is so healthy.
Barratt Developments North East has announced that it will create 600 extra posts in 2015.
The extra workers will help to build 628 much-needed new homes in the region and Barratt bosses explained why the huge jobs boost was possible..
They said the 40 per cent increase in employment reflected both the upswing in the regional economy and the health of the local housing market.
Last year, the company’s North East Division, which covers areas across Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, employed 1,600 people and the division built 457 properties.
Eighty nine per cent of them were constructed on previously developed, or brownfield, land.
Over the following 12 months, the housebuilder expects to create an extra 600 jobs, meaning there will be 2,200 people employed by Barratt Developments in the North East.
The new roles will be across all disciplines from skilled construction roles such as bricklayers, electricians and landscapers through to head office support positions.
Barratt Developments, which encompasses Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, has a number of high profile developments set to open in the coming months, including Mount Oswald in Durham, The Gateway in Gateshead and La Sagesse in Jesmond, Newcastle.
Mike Roberts, the managing director of Barratt Developments North East, said: “Barratt Developments was born in the North East so it is great to be able to give back to the local economy with this increase in jobs and investment. “We think that demand for housing will continue to grow, particularly as the regional economy begins to get back to full strength, and we will continue to invest in local people to help us provide to high quality homes in the area.”