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East of England

Output statistics:

  • Construction output in the East of England was worth £8.4 billion in 2007, in 2000 prices. Between 2009 and 2013, this is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.9%.
  • Infrastructure is expected to be by far the fastest growing sector between 2009 and 2013 at 9.9% on an annual average basis, whilst the remaining sectors in new work are expected to see relatively modest increases.
  • Total construction output growth in the East of England is predicted to be above the UK average over the period.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment in 2007 of around 252,300 is forecast to fall in 2009 to 236,800, before rising to 247,300 in 2013.
  • In order to meet this demand, after taking account of those entering and leaving the industry, 2,890 new workers will be required each year.
  • The largest trade occupation in the East of England remains wood trades and interior fit out, accounting for about 10.2% of total construction employment in the region in 2007, slightly lower than in the UK as a whole.
  • Construction managers and labourers nec have the largest projected annual recruitment requirement (ARR) for the region at 340.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for painters and decorators (1,000) and plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades (870). There are little or no requirements for: wood trade and interior fit out; building envelope specialists; plasterers and dry liners; plant mechanics/fitters; plus electrical trades and installation.

There are an estimated 6,570 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise to 7,780 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are an estimated 340 people.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for construction managers (600), surveyors (480), other construction professionals (340), senior executive and business process managers (190) and architects (150). There is little or no requirement for civil engineers in the region.

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