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CSN Industry Outlook - 2021-2025

The Construction Skills Network (CSN) provides insights into the UK construction economy and its labour market intelligence.

The data it produces highlights trends and how the industry will change year-on-year, allowing governments and businesses to understand the current climate and plan for the future.

CSN 2021-2025 forecasts that UK construction output will return to pre-Covid-19 levels in 2022, driven in part by the vaccine programme and extensive government support, but also because many construction businesses were able to stay open and adapt rapidly to the new environment. We expect output to grow at an average rate of 4.4% across 2021-2025, meaning that construction will need to recruit an extra 217,000 workers, or over 43,000 per year.

UK Summary

The latest CSN summary, produced with Experian, indicates that the UK construction industry is recovering swiftly from the economic impact of Covid-19, with infrastructure and private housing leading recovery.

Construction Skills Network – UK 2021-2025 (PDF, 1MB)

Wales

4.1% annual average output growth rate should lead to Wales needing to recruit an additional 1,850 construction workers per annum to meet industry demand for works.

Construction Skills Network – Wales 2021-2025 (PDF, 303 KB)

Scotland

Private housing and infrastructure works are driving Scotland’s construction output, which will grow by an annual average rate of 4.1%.

Construction Skills Network – Scotland 2021-2025 (PDF, 572 KB)

Northern Ireland

6.7% annual average growth forecasted for private housing work from the end of 2020 to the end of 2025 and will be a key sector for Northern Ireland.

Construction Skills Network – Northern Ireland 2021-2025 (PDF, 361 KB)

English regions

North East

The North East will have an annual recruitment requirement of 1.4% based on 2020 workforce levels, which is the same as the UK.

Construction Skills Network – North East 2021-2025 (PDF, 386 KB)

North West

Private housing and commercial works are the main drivers behind the North West’s 4.5% annual average growth in construction output.

Construction Skills Network – North West 2021-2025 (PDF, 390 KB)

Yorkshire and Humber

Yorkshire and Humber’s level of annual average recruitment requirement exceeds that of the UK, at 1.8% per year based on 2020 workforce levels.

Construction Skills Network – Yorkshire and Humber 2021-2025 (PDF, 383 KB)

East Midlands

Output will grow by an annual average rate of 4.0% from the end of 2020 to the end of 2025 for the East Midlands, with private housing expected to have the fastest sector growth.

Construction Skills Network – East Midlands 2021-2025 (PDF, 387 KB)

West Midlands

West Midlands construction industry would have to increase current recruitment by 5,000 new workers each year to deliver the expected work between the end periods of 2020 and 2025.

Construction Skills Network – West Midlands 2021-2025 (PDF, 310 KB)

East of England

Infrastructure is one of the key drivers in the East of England’s annual average output growth of 4.2%, which includes the £2bn Lower Thames Crossing Point project.

Construction Skills Network – East of England 2021-2025 (PDF, 390 KB)

Greater London

The Greater London construction industry would have to increase current recruitment by 3,450 new workers each year to deliver the expected work between the end periods of 2020 and 2025.

Construction Skills Network – Greater London 2021-2025 (PDF, 390 KB)

South East

South East’s private housing growth is forecasted at annual average rate of 6.9% and infrastructure at 5.4% from the end of 2020 to the end of 2025, both of which exceed their respective UK averages.

Construction Skills Network – South East 2021-2025 (PDF, 309 KB)

South West

South West’s construction industry would have to increase current recruitment by 6,400 new workers each year to deliver the expected work between the end periods of 2020 and 2025.

Construction Skills Network – South West 2021-2025 (PDF, 310 KB)

Overview

An overview of the underpinning methods that are used by the CSN, working in partnership with Experian, to produce the suite of reports at a UK, national and regional level.

Construction Skills Network Explained (PDF, 204 KB)

Our methodology and service

Discover how we conduct our research and the services we provide to industry.