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Output statistics:

  • Worth £3.1 billion in 2007 (2000 prices), construction output accounted for 3.7% of the UK total.
  • Output in Wales is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.6% between 2009 and 2013, broadly in line with that of the UK.
  • Infrastructure is expected to be the strongest sector, driven forward by planned investment on a number of road schemes and electricity generation projects, such as a wood-chip fuelled power station at Port Talbot.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment of 113,510 in 2007 for Wales is forecast to fall to 107,920 by 2009, and then rise by 4.6% to 112,860 in 2013.
  • In order to meet this demand, and after taking into account those entering the industry other than from training and those leaving, 2,330 new workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • More than a third of workers within the construction industry in 2007 in Wales were covered by four occupations – construction managers, non-construction professionals, technical, IT, and other office based-staff, wood trades and interior fit-outs, and labourers nec.
  • Wood trades and interior fit-out and labourers nec are expected to have the largest annual recruitment requirements.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for wood trade and interior fit out (1,170) and labourers (730). There are little or no requirements for: plasterers and dry liners; steel erectors/structural; plus electrical trades and installation.

There are an estimated 2,665 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise to 2,865 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are an estimated 30 people.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for construction managers (330), civil engineers (240), architects (70), other construction professionals (30) and surveyors (less than 50). There is little or no requirement for senior executive and business process managers. Total employment to 2014 is forecast to increase for senior executive and business process managers, civil engineers and architects.

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