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Regional/National Dimension

  • Annual output growth rates for the 2010 to 2014 period, is highest in the East of England (3.8%) and lowest in the North West (0.1%)
  • The UK as a whole saw a modest reduction in output in 2008 of -1%, rising to -13% in 2009. Output is projected to experience another modest fall in 2010 of -1%.
  • In 2009, substantial falls in output where in Yorkshire and Humber, the East Midlands, the East of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with the exception of Yorkshire and Humber, each of these areas are projected to have positive growth rates in 2010.
  • The East of England is forecast to be the most buoyant region, with an annual average growth rate of 3.8% between 2010 and 2014. The region is expected to emerge from the recession in 2010, a year earlier than some.
  • The North West and North East are likely to see quite sharp declines in public non-residential output if prospective expenditure cuts hit the education building sector hard.
  • Scotland is towards the top end of the rankings in terms of output growth performance, with a projected annual average increase of 2.8%, above the UK average of 1.7%.
  • Following severe job losses, employment in the UK as a whole is expected to rise by around 90,000 between 2010 and 2014, an increase of 4%. However, this growth is likely to be quite unevenly spread, with the East of England, Scotland and Wales seeing increases of around 9%, while the South East experiences no growth.
  • The East of England is the 4th largest construction market in the UK and has a high annual recruitment requirement of 7,350.
  • In contrast, annual recruitment requirement in Greater London is 3,300, which is relatively low given that it is the largest construction market in the UK.
  • Fewer employers in the East Midlands and West Midlands who had tried to recruit skilled staff have encountered difficulties (9% and 16% respectively), compared with London and Scotland, where two in five employers had experienced recruitment difficulties (40% and 39% respectively).

Source: Blueprint for UK Construction Skills 2010-2014