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Construction Statistics: No 17, 2016 Edition

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Output
  4. Structure of the industry 
  5. Output price indices (OPIs) and cost indices
  6. Investment
  7. Government departments’ construction plan
  8. Local authority expenditure 
  9. National Lottery funded projects 
  10. Planning applications and decisions
  11. Trends in employment and the professions 
  12. Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland 
  13. Building materials
  14. International comparisons
  15. Key Performance Indicators and benchmarking
  16. Quality and methodology
  17. Background notes 
  18. Appendices

1.Introduction

The construction statistics annual publications bring together a wide range of statistics currently available on the construction industry from a variety of sources. This edition updates the figures for Tables 2.4, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 that were supplied in Construction Statistics Annual 2015. All other tables that were previously contained in the annual construction statistics publication are no longer collated and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Where these data tables are no longer published, links have been provided for you to obtain the relevant data. This is the eighth web-based only edition and the tables produced by us are available in an Excel dataset, allowing independent analyses of the published information.

2.Acknowledgements

Our thanks go to the external contributors and in particular to our colleagues in Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Scottish government, Welsh government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

Our thanks also go to the members of the Consultative Committee on Construction Industry Statistics (the forum for joint consultation on construction statistics by the industry, BEIS and ONS).

Your comments and suggestions are welcome and should be addressed to:

Melanie Richard
Construction Statistics and Retail Sales Branch
Office for National Statistics
Cardiff Road
Newport
NP10 8XG

Tel: +44 (0)1633 45 6344
Email: [email protected]

3.Output

This release contains 3 output tables:

  • Table 2.4 shows the value of construction output by type of work

  • Table 2.8 shows the value of work done by trade of firm and type of work

  • Table 2.9 shows the value of work done by size of firm and type of work

The remaining output tables that were published up to the 2012 edition can be found in the monthly output in the construction industry statistical bulletin and associated tables. 

4.Structure of the industry 

Industry structure estimates are broken down in 4 Tables:

  • Table 3.1 shows the number of private contractor firms

  • Table 3.3 shows the total employment of private contractors

  • Table 3.4 shows the number of firms by size and trade of firm 

  • Table 3.5 shows the number of firms by size and region of registration

The data previously published in Table 3.2 regarding information on the insolvencies and bankruptcies of construction firms are now available from the Insolvency Service.

5.Output price indices (OPIs) and cost indices

Responsibility for output price indices was transferred to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 1 April 2015. The quarterly output price indices (OPIs) are experimental statistics, produced using an interim solution while we continue to develop appropriate methodologies for the long-term. Data on output price indices are now available in the publication Construction Output Price Indices – Interim Solution publication. 

6.Investment

Data on investment can be found in Tables 9.1, 9.2 and 9.4 of the UK National Accounts – The Blue Book publication.

7.Government departments’ construction plan

Information relating to UK Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects can be obtained on the GOV.UK website.

8.Local authority expenditure 

The information for English local authority expenditure can be found on the GOV.UK website. 

9.National Lottery funded projects 

Information relating to National Lottery projects can be accessed on the National Lottery website.

10.Planning applications and decisions

Tables 10.1 to 10.3, planning applications statistics which were published up to the 2012 edition can now be accessed on the GOV.UK website.

Tables 10.4 to 10.5, live tables on planning application statistics which were published up to the 2012 edition can now be accessed on the GOV.UK website.

12.Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland 

Table 12.1 and Table 12.2 previously contained data on the value of construction output and the index of construction output in Northern Ireland. Both are available on the Department for the Economy website. 

Information relating to housing statistics in Northern Ireland, previously published in Tables 12.3 and 12.4, can be found in the Housing Statistics website section of the Department for Communities. 

Tables 12.5 previously contained the value of new orders obtained by contractors for Wales. This is updated on a quarterly basis and can be found in Table 6 of the Output in the Construction Industry and New Orders publication.

Table 12.6 previously contained the value of output obtained by contractors for Wales. This is updated on a quarterly basis and can be found in Table 6 of the Output in the Construction Industry and New Orders publication.

The Welsh government website contains: 

The value of new orders obtained by contractors for Scotland, previously published in Table 12.12 and the value of output obtained by contractors for Scotland, previously published in Table 12.13, are updated on a quarterly basis and both can be found in Table 6 of the Output in the Construction Industry and New Orders publication.

13.Building materials

Tables 13.1 to 13.6 contained information relating to building materials which are produced by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and are available on the GOV.UK website. 

14.International comparisons

Tables 14.1 to 14.8 contained information relating to international comparisons and are produced by Gardiner and Theobald. 

15.Key Performance Indicators and benchmarking

The construction industry Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are produced in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and endorsed by Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Constructing Excellence using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Building Cost Information Service, Health and Safety Executive, Dun and Bradstreet and other third-party financial analysts. 

The annual construction KPIs relating to performance in 2014 are now available online from Glenigan. 

Also, the KPIzone website gives access to all KPIs for economic, social and environmental performance as well as those for the construction sectors, allowing you to choose relevant KPIs and store and retrieve data to help benchmark effectively. Methods of measurement, data collection forms, trend charts, examples and links to improve performance are included for each KPI as well as calculators to obtain benchmark scores. 

The KPI builder has the facility of being able to store performance information in a secure area called “My KPIs”, analyse and report results and then produce a tailored document called “My KPIs Handbook”. Other areas of the website include secondary and additional performance indicators, international KPIs and industry progress tables. 

The website also includes a large amount of supporting information including case studies, KPI best practice guide and masterclass information. The construction industry KPIs are intended for use by individual firms wishing to measure and compare their performance.

16.Quality and methodology

The Output in the construction industry and New orders in the construction industry Quality and Methodology Information documents contain important information on:

  • the strengths and limitations of the data

  • the quality of the output: including the accuracy of the data and how it compares with related data

  • uses and users

  • how the output was created

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