With new home construction running at record levels, a shortage of bricklayers in Western Australia is causing long delays in building and putting home builders at risk of being forced to deal with shonky tradespeople, media reports suggest.

A report on Channel Nine’s Today show indicated that while a record 30,000 odd new homes throughout the state of Western Australia are being approved for construction per year, there are only five thousand bricklayers to build them. This situation is not only causing significant delays in construction but is also…