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Yorkshire and Humberside

Output statistics:

  • Construction output totalled £6.8 billion, in 2000 prices, in 2007, around 8% of the UK total.
  • Between 2009 and 2013 output is forecast to stagnate in the region, in contrast to the national average growth rate of 0.5% per year.
  • The most buoyant sectors over the period are expected to be infrastructure and public housing, reflecting increased funding for social housing and a number of transport and energy projects coming on line.

Employment key statistics:

  • Construction employment of 216,660 in 2007 is projected to fall to 214,330 in 2009 in Yorkshire and Humber and then to increase to 217,190 in 2013.
  • After taking into account those entering and leaving the industry, 1,390 new workers will be required to join the industry each year in order to meet demand.
  • The largest occupational group is forecast to remain nonconstruction professionals, technical, IT and other officebased staff (23,540) in 2013. Other sizeable occupational groups include wood trades and interior fit-out (22,370) and construction managers (21,670).
  • The largest annual recruitment requirement (ARR) is expected to be for construction managers, followed by wood trades and interior fit-out and bricklayers.

In craft roles, the highest requirements are for labourers (540) and floorers (340). There are little or no requirements for: building envelope specialists; plasterers and dry liners; glaziers; specialist building operatives; electrical trades and installation; plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades; plus civil engineering operatives.

There are an estimated 5,055 technical staff in the construction sector in the region, which is only expected to rise to 5,195 in 2014. Annual recruitment requirements to 2014 for the region are an estimated 40 people.

In professional and managerial roles, there are annual recruitment requirements for civil engineers (100), construction managers (90) and other construction professionals (40). There are little or no requirements for senior executive and business process managers, architects and surveyors.

Source: Blueprint for UK Construction Skills 2010-2014 and Labour Market Intelligence 2009-2013 Yorkshire and the Humber