Weekly Economic and Construction Update – 18 November 2022

Weekly Economic and Construction Update – 18 November 2022

Date Published

18 November 2022

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Jonathan Gutierrez

Inflation in average weekly earnings in the year to September 2022 was 5.6% for total pay (including bonuses) and 6.2% for regular pay, rising from the 4.6% and 4.5% respectively last month as construction demand and activity picked up in September after a slight slowdown in activity in Summer whilst many people returned seasonal trends of holidays abroad after two years of not doing so.

UK construction wage inflation, at 5.6% in the year to September, remained considerably lower than materials inflation, which was 16.7% and material prices remain the greater overall issue for contractors but in some areas and for some specific skills, availability is the key issue. Assuming no further spikes in energy, oil and commodities prices, construction materials prices are likely to be less of an issue from next Summer.


Case studies

‘A beacon of hope for hungry drivers looking for quality food’ was how an eminent restaurant critic described Gloucester Motorway Services, which recently opened between junctions 11a and 12 of the north and south bound sides of the M5 near Brookethorpe, Gloucester.

The practice 6a architects has reconfigured and extended a large early-twentieth century house in Devon.