The Finance Minister is seeking a proper estimate of the number of workers within the construction sector.
This, as he has yesterday that Covid19 relief grants, which will now be available for June, will see construction workers added to those being able to access the funds.
During a virtual press conference held yesterday to update on financial matters and Covid relief programmes, Imbert said the expansion of the grants for June was being arranged at this time.
However, he said “I need to get a proper estimate of the number of persons in construction because that is a very amorphous area because people work in construction and they work in the areas as well and therefore it is very difficult to get a handle on exactly how many people work in the construction sector.”
According to the figures from the Central Statistical Office, there are currently 10,000 people working in the construction sector.
“But I have heard the Contractors Association, the JCC (Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry) talking about 60,000 people working in the construction sector, so as I said it is an amorphous area one has to be very careful about how one categorises a construction worker but we will try our best to work it out,” Imbert said.