Research Reports

UK Research reports

Download the full version of our training and research reports about the construction industry below

Grant Modernisation - Employer Consultation 2016 

CITB is in the process of reviewing the grant scheme and considering how it might be developed in order to meet industry needs and ensure access to relevant skills and training. The main aim of this research is to help inform these planned changes to the grant scheme, building on and supplementing research from CITB’s on-going Investment Funding Review.

Construction Training Provider Resilience 2016 

This research was carried out in order to provide reliable evidence on the resilience of the construction training provider network. The research was intended to give us a picture of the training provider network identifying:

  • The current state of health of the FE and HE sectors
  • Areas of strength and vulnerability
  • Determine the likely future FE and HE landscape.

The Future of Jobs and Skills in the UK Construction Sector to 2030 and beyond

This research was commissioned: to identify the key issues and trends which the UK construction sector may encounter in the medium (up to 2030) and long term (up to 2050); to assess their potential implications for industry employment, skills and training requirements; to identify opportunities for how CITB may best support future industry needs.

Skills & Training in the Construction Industry 

Explore the skill shortages and gaps by occupation, sector and geographical area

Find out about the qualifications levels in the UK Construction Sector, as well as the extent of occupational and geographic mobility

Training and the Built Environment 2001-2015

This report (formerly the Trainee Numbers Survey) measures the number of people entering construction training and provides facts about the industry

Productivity Workshop Report 2014

This report describes work undertaken by Whole Life Consultants Ltd (WLC Ltd) on behalf of CITB to identify the trends in productivity, what their causes might be, and what action needs to be taken if productivity is to be improved.


Qualification Achievements in Construction 2010-2013 

Find out about the UK's training provision for the UK Construction Industry 

Skills Needs of Specialists in Construction 2012

Labour market information and intelligence, investigating key issues such as skills levels, gaps and needs, recruitment, training and future growth

Nuclear New Build Employment Scenarios 2012 (PDF 2.6 MB)

Improve your understanding of the nuclear new build (NNB) programme and what it might mean for the UK's future training requirements 

Career and Training Progression Routes in the Construction Industry 2012 

A programme of research to investigate career progression in the construction sector and, in particular, the relationship between progression and education, training, and qualifications in the industry was undertaken.

Sector Skills Assessments 2004 - 2012 - Construction

Labour market analysis reports (previously the Skills Needs Analysis reports and Skills Foresight Reports)

Migrant Construction Workers and Health and Safety Communication 2011 (PDF, 103 MB)

This report provides the basis for suggesting areas where employers and managers can make interventions to improve communicating safe and healthy working practice with migrant workers

Employment by Occupation in the Construction Industry 2011 (PDF, 1.95 MB)

The survey provides information on the numbers of people employed in both manual and non-manual occupations in the construction industry

Evaluation of Work Readiness 2011 (PDF, 1.5 MB)

This report examines the work readiness of entrants to the UK construction sector who have work-related qualifications

Management and Supervisory Skills 2011 (PDF, 832 KB)

This research examines the management and supervisory workforce, qualification levels, training, skills gaps and priority areas for skill development

Understanding Future Change in Construction 2010 (PDF, 3.4 MB)

A report looking at the future skills across the construction sector, taking a high level overview of where the industry expects to be in the short term (1-3yrs) medium term (3-5yrs) and long term (5-10yrs), and the resulting generic skills and training needs.

Impact of the Recession on Construction Professional Services 2010

Commissioned by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) via CITB' research team, this report looks at how the current recession was impacting on the UK professional services sector

Wales Research reports

Skills Provision for the Construction Sector in Wales (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Research to inform Transformational Change

Skills Provision for the Construction Sector in Wales Executive Summary (PDF, 377 KB)

Scotland Research reports

Scottish Construction Skills Survey (PDF, 286 KB)

This report summarises the findings of a survey of 2,000 Scottish Construction Employers

Archive Research reports

UK Built Heritage Sector Professionals 2008: Current Skills Future Training (PDF, 4.2 MB)

An assessment report of UK building professionals, their training, knowledge and skills needs in relation to traditional buildings and structures

UK Built Heritage Sector Professionals 2008: Current Skills Future Training Executive Summary (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Effect of Employment Status on Investment in Training 2003 (PDF, 390 KB)

Interviews with 880 employers, workers and recruitment companies on the effect of Employment Status on Investment in Training.

Market Assessment 2003 (PDF, 151 KB)

Provides a comprehensive assessment of the UK construction industry, its performance and its skills needs for the future

Innovation, Skills and Productivity 2002/2003 (PDF, 1.1 MB)

This report is a reflection of the construction sector's opinion on innovation through literature review and consultation

Foresight Workshop Report 2001 (PDF 176KB)

Find out about the future of the industry and the skills and changes needed to take it forward

Managing Profitable Construction - The Skills Profile 2000 (PDF, 278 KB)

This report sets out the findings of the study and shows the influence of skills on performance

Managing Profitable Construction - The Skills Profile 2000 (PDF, 278 KB)

This report sets out the findings of the study and shows the influence of skills on performance

Skills Foresight reports 2000 - 2003

Providing analysis of the Construction Industry's skill requirements

Build to last Executive Summary - Reviewing Sustainable Construction 2004 (PDF, 292 KB)

CITB's Build to Last Programme is about ensuring that the UK is building a sustainable future

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