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Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland the construction industry output in 2007 totalled £2.2 billion in 2000 prices, representing 2.7% of the UK total, a little higher than its share of Gross Value Added (GVA). Output is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 1.6% between 2009 and 2013, considerably higher than the UK average of 0.5% due to public investment.

Northern Ireland has the strongest forecast increases over the 2009 to 2013 periods. However, construction in the province is heavily reliant on public funding and there is increasing uncertainty whether the money will be available to deliver on the 2012 to 2018 part of the Northern Ireland Investment Strategy. Thus, Northern Ireland’s overall annual rate of construction growth has fallen to 1.1% for the 2010 to 2014 period.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment in Northern Ireland is expected to fall heavily in 2008 and 2009 before picking up again in the 2009–2013 period, when it will grow by just over 3,000, or 4.2%.
  • To meet this demand, after taking into account those entering and leaving the industry, 900 new workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • The largest occupational category in Northern Ireland is wood trades and interior fit-out, accounting for 15.3% of total construction employment in 2007.
  • The largest annual recruitment requirements (ARR) are expected to be for wood trades and interior fit-out, bricklayers, and plumbing and HVAC trades.

Source: Blueprint for UK Construction Skills 2010-2014 and Labour Market Intelligevnce 2009-2013 Northern Ireland