Skip to main content

South East

Output statistics:

  • Worth £12.2 billion in 2007, in 2000 prices, construction in the South East accounts for 15% of the national total.
  • Output for the region is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.5% between 2009 and 2013, in line with the national average.
  • The outlook for the infrastructure sector in the South East is buoyant as work is expected to get underway on the £1 billion M25 widening project as well as the scheduled £450 million Reading station expansion and improvement works from 2009-2015.

Employment statistics:

  • Between 2009 and 2013, total construction employment is forecast to increase by 3.5%.
  • To meet demand in the 2009-2013 period, after taking into account those entering the industry other than from training and those leaving, 5,690 new workers will be required to join the industry each year.
  • The largest occupational group in the South East in 2007 was non-construction professional, technical, IT, and other office-based staff, which comprised 14% of the total industry workforce. The largest construction-specific occupation is construction managers, with a 10.4% share of construction employment in the South East, above its 8.6% share in the UK as a whole.
  • The largest average annual requirement is expected to be for construction managers (880).

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for painters and decorators (340), labourers (290) and civil engineering operatives (290). There are little or no requirements for: bricklayers; building envelope specialists; plasterers and dry liners; roofers; floorers; plant mechanics/fitters; electrical trades and installation; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

There are an estimated 10,735 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is expected to rise to 11,245 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are insignificant.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for civil engineers (330) and architects (250). There are little or no requirements for senior executive and business process managers, construction managers, other construction professionals and surveyors.

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