Construction is Growing

Construction is growing

Construction is Growing to meet the Infrastructure Challenge

Over the next five years, the UK construction sector is still expected to grow

In 2017, employment in construction will reach just over 2.6 million its highest point since the recession

Over the next five years up to 2021 we predict:

  • 179,000 construction jobs will be created
  • Construction output will grow by 1.7% a year

This is being driven by strong growth in the infrastructure sector

  • We expect the infrastructure sector to grow, on average, 5.4% each year
  • Accounting for 45% of all construction growth

Nations and regions

Of the home nations, Wales will see the fastest growth in construction output (6.2%).

In England, the South West (3.1%), the North West (2.5%), London (2.4%) and the South East (2.2%) will be the fastest growing regions

Total employment growth 2017-2021

  • In Scotland 2,340 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the North East 1,270 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In Northern Ireland 710 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In Yorkshire and the Humber 1,860 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the North West 5,140 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the East Midlands 1,770 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In Wales 3,890 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the East of England 3,970 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the West Midlands 2,800 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In Greater London 3,870 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the South West 4,180 jobs will be created over 5 years
  • In the South East 3,940 jobs will be created over 5 years

Which other sectors are set to grow?

  • Public housing (1.0%)
  • Private housing (2.2%)
  • Infrastructure (5.4%)
  • Public non-housing (0.8%)
  • Industrial (-1.4%)
  • Commercial (1.2%)
  • Housing R&M (0%)
  • Non-housing R&M (1.5%)
  • Total work (1.7%)

In Demand

UK construction sector will need: 

  • +5,240 professional, technical and IT staff
  • +3,850 wood trades and interior fit out staff
  • +2,250 electrical trades and insulation staff
  • +2,240 other construction professionals and technical staff
  • +2,150 other construction process managers

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