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The construction industry: statistics and policy

Published Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Key statistics on the construction industry - employment, new orders, output. Also construction sector policy intitiatives.

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In 2014 the construction industry in the UK contributed £103 billion in economic output, 6.5% of the total.

2.1 million jobs or 6.2% of the UK total were in the construction industry in Q 2015.

The construction industry, particularly house building, faired badly during the recession.  Output in the construction sector fell faster than the whole economy in 2008. 2009 saw the sector recover faster than the economy as a whole, and 2010 and 2011 saw broadly flat growth, followed by another contraction in 2012 and partial recovery through 2013.

The Coalition Government’s strategy paper on the construction industry is Construction 2025, published in July 2013.

The construction industry was also highlighted in the in the March 2011 Plan for Growth

Commons Briefing papers SN01432

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Construction industry, Industry

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