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West Midlands

Output statistics:

  • Worth £6.6 billion in 2007, in 2000 prices, construction output in the West Midlands accounts for around 8% of the UK total.
  • Output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of just 0.2% between 2009 and 2013, slightly below the national average.
  • Infrastructure is expected to see very strong growth over the forecast period, reflecting the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station among other projects.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment of 226,480 in 2007 in the West Midlands is forecast to fall to 215,140 in 2009, before rising to 219,070 in 2013.
  • To meet this demand, after taking into account those entering the industry other than from training and those leaving, 3,620 new workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • Non-construction professionals, technical, IT and other office-based staff (26,320) is forecast to remain the largest occupational group within the West Midlands in 2013.
  • The largest annual recruitment requirements are expected to be for wood trades and interior fit-out closely followed by electrical trades and installation, and construction managers.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for labourers (710) and wood trade and interior fit out (640). There are little or no requirements for: bricklayers; plasterers and dry liners; roofers; floorers; glaziers; specialist building operatives; scaffolders; plant mechanics/fitters; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

There are an estimated 5,380 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise to 5,690 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are insignificant.

In professional and managerial roles, there are only annual recruitment requirements for construction managers (720) in the region. There is little or no requirement for all other professional and management occupations in construction.

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