According to ONS figures, construction employment rose from 2,272,000 in Quarter 1 of 2016 to 2,316,000 in Quarter 2. This is higher than a year earlier (2,198,000 in Q2 2015). These figures are below the pre-recession peak of 2008. The latest workforce jobs for the industry (as at March 2016) show a similar trend.
Output in the construction industry was estimated to have decreased by 0.7% between Quarters 1 and 2 of 2016. Downward pressure on the quarter came from all new work, which decreased by 0.8%, and repair and maintenance, which decreased by 0.5%.
Construction vacancies in Q2 2016 were 5% lower than in Q1 and 21% lower than a year earlier.
 Emp 13: All in employment by industry: People (not seasonally adjusted); Labour Force Survey data; ONS.
 JOBS02: Workforce jobs by industry (seasonally adjusted), UK. Office for National Statistics, August 2016.
 VACS02: Vacancies by industry (seasonally adjusted), UK. Office for National Statistics, August 2016.