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North West

Output statistics:

  • Construction output in the North West totalled £8.8 billion in 2007, in 2000 prices, accounting for 9% of the UK total.
  • Output is forecast to grow at a weak average annual rate of 0.2% between 2009 and 2013, slower than the national average.
  • The infrastructure and public non-housing sectors are expected to see the strongest growth over the period.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment of 270,950 in 2007 in the North West is expected to fall to 265,350 in 2009, before rising to 271,390 in 2013.
  • 4,780 new workers will be required to join the industry each year in order to meet this demand, taking into account those entering and leaving the industry.
  • Non-construction professional, technical, IT and other office-based staff (30,810) is forecast to remain the largest occupational group in the North West for 2013. Other sizeable occupational groups include wood trades and interior fit-out and construction managers,
  • The largest annual recruitment requirements (ARR) are expected to be for painters and decorators and bricklayers.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for painters and decorators (620) and floorers (410). There are little or no requirements for: scaffolders; and steel erectors/structural.

There are an estimated 6,800 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is only expected to rise to 6,845 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 (200), architects (210) and senior executive and business process managers (80). There are little or no requirements for civil engineers and surveyors in the region.

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