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South West

Output statistics:

  • In 2000 prices, construction in the South West in 2007 was worth £6.8 billion, around 8% of the UK total.
  • In contrast to modest growth in the UK, construction output in the region is forecast to decline marginally, by an annual average rate of 0.2% between 2009 and 2013.
  • A weakening investment/buy to let market and worsening consumer confidence is likely to be the raison d'être for the declines in the early part of the forecast period for the private housing and commercial sectors.
  • Growth in the public housing sector is expected to be robust due to the allocation of £826m for capital investment in housing in the 2008–2011 Affordable Housing Programme.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment is projected to remain static between 2009 and 2013, after falls between 2007 and 2009.
  • In order to meet demand in the 2009–2013 period, after taking into account those entering the industry other than from training and those leaving, 1,450 new workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • In the South West the two biggest occupational groupings were non-construction professional, technical, IT, and other office-based staff and wood trades and interior fit–out. Each of the two occupations took a 10.7% share of total employment in 2007, and their share is expected to remain unchanged in 2013.
  • The largest average annual requirement (ARR) is expected to be for other construction professionals and technical staff (170) and electrical trades and installation (160).

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for labourers (1,260) and wood trade and interior fit out (350). There are little or no requirements for: building envelope specialists; painters and decorators; floorers; glaziers; specialist building operatives; plant mechanics/fitters; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

There are an estimated 6,050 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to decline to 5,820 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are insignificant.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for senior executive and business process managers (60) and construction managers (60). There are little or no requirements for civil engineers, other construction professionals, architects and surveyors.

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