Soldiers Turn Brickies as U.K. Homebuilders Seek Workers

Persimmon Plc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fairburn, right, speaks with Ross Wilson, apprentice bricklayer and former soldier, on a Persimmon Plc residential construction site in Durham. Photographer: Phil Riley/Persimmon Homes via Bloomberg

After 21 years in the British Army that included tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, Ross Wilson was offered a buyout. Britain’s shortage of construction workers allowed him to trade desert sand for muddy building sites in the north of England.

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