9 Sep

Construction employment is up; output and vacancies are down.

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)[1].  These figures are below the pre-recession peak of 2008.  The latest workforce jobs for the industry (as at March 2016[2]) 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.[3]

[1] Emp 13:  All in employment by industry: People (not seasonally adjusted); Labour Force Survey data; ONS.

[2] JOBS02:   Workforce jobs by industry (seasonally adjusted), UK.  Office for National Statistics, August 2016.

[3] VACS02:  Vacancies by industry (seasonally adjusted), UK.  Office for National Statistics, August 2016.

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