According to the latest official labour market figures, unemployment in Scotland has fallen, which is of course, good news.

However, in the Scottish construction industry, the latest figures show a 4% decline for the 12 months to September 2014.

We hope to see signs of a rebound in employment numbers when updated figures (including the final quarter of last year) are published next month.

But these figures underline once again the major skills challenge the industry now faces. Our number one priority remains to recruit more people into the Scottish construction sector. Otherwise, a shortage of skilled labour could become a major headwind for future growth.

Vaughan Hart, managing director, Scottish Building Federation