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Floods clean-up boosts construction industry by £250m

Recent flooding damage has led to increased demand for construction workers, according to an employment firm.

Manpower said the need for tradesmen and women had boosted the industry by an estimated £250 million, and firms were looking to take on more staff.

Energy firms have also had to recruit more engineers in the past few weeks to help restore power to thousands of homes, as well as more customer service workers to handle compensation claims.

Mark Cahill, managing director of Manpower UK, told BBC Radio 5 live's Morning Reports: "There's no question that the disappointment for many on the floods has actually created work opportunities going forward."

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