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East Midlands

Output statistics:
  • Construction output in the East Midlands totalled £5.4 billion, in 2000 prices, in 2007. This was around 7% of the UK total.
  • Output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.8% between 2009 and 2013, above the UK average of 0.5%.
  • The infrastructure sector is forecast to be by far the strongest growth sector, increasing at an average annual rate of 7.7%.
  • The industrial and commercial sectors are both expected to increase at 2.2% per year.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment in the region was 168,620 in 2007. It is forecast to fall to 152,170 in 2009 before increasing by over 6,000 to 158,390 in 2013.
  • To meet this demand, after taking into account those entering and leaving the industry, 1,980 workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • Non-construction professionals, technical, IT and other office-based staff compose the largest occupational group in East Midlands.
  • Construction managers, wood trades and interior fit-out and electrical trades and installation are expected to have the largest annual recruitment requirements (ARR).

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for labourers (1,210) and wood trade and interior fit out (800). There are little or no requirements for: plasterers and dry liners; roofers; plant mechanics/fitters; steel erectors/structural; plus electrical trades and installation.

There are an estimated 4,195 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise to 4,550 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are an estimated 70 people.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for civil engineers (210), other construction professionals (140), construction managers (100) and surveyors (less than 50). There are little or no requirements for senior executive and business process managers, and architects.

Source: Blueprint for UK Construction Skills 2010-2014 and Labour Market Intelligence 2009-2013 East Midlands