Weekly Economic and Construction Update – 25 November 2022

Weekly Economic and Construction Update – 25 November 2022

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25 November 2022

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There were 2.16 million workers in UK construction in 2022 Q3, which is 2.3% lower than in Q2 and 2.1% lower than a year ago according to the Office for National Statistics. UK construction employment is, however, 6.6% lower than in 2019 Q4, pre-pandemic, and 11.1% lower than at the recent peak in 2019 Q1. This means that in 2022 Q3 there were 269,678 fewer workers in UK construction than in 2019 Q1 despite strong demand.

Looking at the breakdown by employees and self-employment in UK construction, the number of employees in 2022 Q3 was broadly flat (-0.1%) compared with a year ago and 0.3% higher than in 2019 Q4, pre-pandemic. It was still, however, 2.9% (41,944) lower than the recent peak of UK construction employment in 2019 Q1.

Case studies

The Believe in Better Building, a new building for Sky on its Osterley campus, lives up to its name. It is the tallest commercial timber building in the UK and one of very few multi-storey timber offices in the world.

Hardman Square Pavilion stands at the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s busy commercial district, yet this new building is utterly unlike the surrounding metallic and glass towers;
the structure is timber, an exposed glulam frame which is clad with timber weatherboards overlaid with planting.