Research reports

CITB publishes several reports every year on a number of topics affecting the construction industry.

Use the links below to find a report under one of the following categories:

  1. Skills and training in the construction industry
    Explore the skill shortages and gaps by occupation, sector and geographical area
  2. Scotland research reports
    Get insight into the state of skills, training and recruitment in the Scottish construction industry
  3. Wales research reports
    Get insight into the state of skills, training and recruitment in the Welsh construction industry
  4. UK-wide research reports
    Explore the state of skills, training, employment and recruitment in the British construction industry
  5. Reports archive
    Find past research topical reports on the British construction industry.


These reports are free and available to download in PDF format.

Skills and training in the construction industry reports

Reports in this category are sorted by descending publication date.

Career and Training Progression Routes in the Construction Industry 2016

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.
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Skills and Training in the Construction Industry

Results of an annual survey to determine skill needs and training practices amongst both self-employed individuals and employers working in the construction industry across the UK.
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Workforce Mobility and Skills in the UK Construction Sector 2005-2015

Find out about the qualifications levels in the UK Construction Sector, as well as the extent of occupational and geographic mobility.
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Training and the Built Environment 2001-2016

This report (formerly the Trainee Numbers Survey) measures the number of people entering construction training and provides facts about the industry.
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Educating the Educators (2014)

This research was commissioned to find out what careers advisers and teachers think of construction, and how best the industry might change their opinions and support their work.
Download this report (2.9mb, PDF)

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.
Download this report (3.2mb, PDF)

Qualification Achievements in Construction 2010-2013

Find out about the UK's training provision for the UK Construction Industry.
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Nuclear New Build Employment Scenarios 2012

Improve your understanding of the nuclear new build (NNB) programme and what it might mean for the UK's future training requirements.
Download this report (2.6mb, PDF)

Sector Skills Assessments 2004-2012: Construction

Labour market analysis reports (previously the Skills Needs Analysis reports and Skills Foresight Reports).
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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.
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Migrant Construction Workers and Health and Safety Communication 2011

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.
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Evaluation of Work Readiness 2011

This report examines the work readiness of entrants to the UK construction sector who have work-related qualifications.
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Management and Supervisory Skills 2011

This research examines the management and supervisory workforce, qualification levels, training, skills gaps and priority areas for skill development.
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Understanding Future Change in Construction 2010

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.
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Impact of the Recession on Construction Professional Services

These CITB reports, commissioned by the Construction Industry Council (CIC), looks at how the current recession was impacting on the UK professional services sector.
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Scotland research reports

Scottish Construction Skills Survey

This report summarises the findings of a survey of 2,000 Scottish Construction Employers.
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Wales research reports

Reports in this category are sorted by descending publication date.

Skills Needs Analysis of the Construction and Built Environment Sector in Wales

This report summarises findings into the impact that the recession has had on the Welsh construction industry.
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Skills Provision for the Construction Sector in Wales: Executive Summary

Executive summary of commissioned research to inform transformational change.
Download this executive summary (377kb, PDF)

Skills Provision for the Construction Sector in Wales

Research to inform transformational change.
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UK-wide research reports

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.
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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; and determine the likely future FE and HE landscape.
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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.
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Employment by Occupation in the Construction Industry 2016

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

Build to Last - Reviewing Sustainability Construction 2004: Executive Summary

CITB's Build to Last Programme is about ensuring that the UK is building a sustainable future.
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Effect of Employment Status on Investment in Training 2003

Interviews with 880 employers, workers and recruitment companies on the effect of Employment Status on Investment in Training.
Download this report (390kb, PDF)

Foresight Workshop Report 2001

Find out about the future of the industry and the skills and changes needed to take it forward.
Download this report (176kb, PDF)

Innovation, Skills and Productivity 2002/2003

This report is a reflection of the construction sector's opinion on innovation through literature review and consultation.
Download this report (1.1mb, PDF)

Managing Profitable Construction - The Skills Profile 2000

This report sets out the findings of the study and shows the influence of skills on performance.
Download this report (278kb, PDF)

Market Assessment 2003

Provides a comprehensive assessment of the UK construction industry, its performance and its skills needs for the future.
Download this report (151kb, PDF)

Skills Foresight reports 2000-2003

Providing analysis of the Construction Industry's skill requirements.
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UK Built Heritage Sector Professionals 2008: Current Skills Future Training - executive summary

An executive summary of an assessment of UK building professionals' training, knowledge and skills needs in relation to traditional buildings and structures.
Download this report (1.8mb, PDF)

UK Built Heritage Sector Professionals 2008: Current Skills Future Training

An assessment report of UK building professionals, their training, knowledge and skills needs in relation to traditional buildings and structures.
Download this report (4.2mb, PDF)

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