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North East

Output key statistics:

  • Worth £3.1 billion in 2007, in 2000 prices, construction output in the North East accounts for around 4% of the UK total.
  • Annual average output growth is forecast at 0.5% between 2009 and 2013, in line with the UK average.
  • The infrastructure and public housing sectors are expected to see strong growth over the forecast period. The development of a deep sea container port at Teesport, due to start in 2009, is the main driver behind infrastructure growth.
  • Growth in the industrial sector is also predicted to be strong, reflecting the hinterland development of the Teesport expansion.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment in the North East is projected to be 116,040 in 2009 and rise to 121,660 in 2013.
  • In order to meet this demand, after taking account of those entering and leaving the industry, 2,010 new workers will be required each year.
  • Wood trades and interior fit-out has the largest annual recruitment requirements (ARR) and it is also the largest occupational group in North East construction.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for labourers (550) and bricklayers (510). There are little or no requirements for: roofers; steel erectors/structural; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

There are an estimated 3,555 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise to 3,875 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are insignificant.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for construction managers (70), civil engineers (70) and architects (less than 50). There are little or no requirements for senior executive and business process managers, other construction professionals and surveyors in the region.

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