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Greater London

Output statistics:

  • Worth £13.2 billion in 2007, in 2000 prices, construction output in Greater London accounts for approximately 16% of the UK total.
  • Construction output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.8% between 2009 and 2013 for the region.
  • Infrastructure and public housing are both expected to grow robustly over the forecast period. Schemes, such as Thameslink, the Olympic Games and Crossrail, are projected to have a sizeable impact.

Employment statistics:

  • Total construction employment of 341,150 in 2007 in Greater London is forecast to fall to 335,830 in 2009 but then increase to 347,940 in 2013.
  • To meet demand in the 2009-2013 period, after taking into account those entering the industry other than from training and those leaving, 6,030 new workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • The largest occupational group in 2007 was the non-construction professional, technical, IT, and other office-based staff, which comprised of 12.7% of total construction industry employment in the region.
  • The largest annual recruitment requirements are expected to be for wood trades and interior fit-out and painters and decorators.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for labourers (640) and plant operatives (510). There are little or no requirements for: wood trade and interior fit out; bricklayers; painters and decorators; roofers; floorers; plant mechanics/fitters; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

There are an estimated 10,280 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise a little to 10,300 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are insignificant.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for senior executive and business process managers (470), surveyors (260), construction managers (200) and civil engineers (180). There are little or no requirements for other construction professionals and architects in the region.

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