Construction industry - employment, new orders, output. Construction 2025, the Farmer Review and the Construction Sector Deal.Jump to full report >>
In 2018, the construction contributed £117 billion to the UK economy, 6% of the total.
Economic output in 2018 was slightly down on 2017, the first fall since 2013.
There are 2.4 million construction industry jobs in the UK in Q2 2019, 6.6% of all jobs. There are more construction jobs now than at any time since 2007, although throughout this period, roughly the same proportion of jobs have been in construction.
The construction industry is unusual because of the high proportion of self-employment in the sector – 36% in Q2 2019, compared to the average for the whole economy of 13%.
New orders to the construction industry were worth £61.7 billion in 2017. This is 13% down on 2017, the first fall since 2011. New housing orders accounted for 35% of all construction orders, commercial orders accounted for 25% and infrastructure orders accounted for 19%.
The Government’s strategy for the construction sector was set out in Construction 2025, published in 2013. It included the following aims:
The Farmer Review, Modernise or Die, which examined labour force and skills issues in the sector was published in October 2016. It made found deep seated structural issues in the sector, including a manpower shortage, a widening skills gap, a poor reputation, inadequate training and a lack of policy and industry oversight.
The Farmer Review’s recommendations are sweeping, and include: