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Reference OEC Q106
Date 2 June 2006

OUTPUT AND EMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY:
FIRST QUARTER 2006

Output (Tables 1 to 3)

The total volume of construction output in the year to the first quarter of 2006 fell by one per cent compared to the previous year. Overall new work was unchanged over the same period, with increases in private commercial, private industrial and private housing being offset by decreases in public non-housing, infrastructure and public housing output. Repair and maintenance fell, with an increase in public non-housing being more than offset by decreases in private and public housing. Output in the first quarter of 2006 rose by one per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2005 in volume terms and by two per cent in current prices.

The total volume of new work in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was unchanged compared with the previous year and remained unchanged in the first quarter when compared with the previous quarter. The total volume of repair and maintenance work fell by one per cent in the year to the first quarter of 2006 compared with the previous year, but was three per cent higher in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the previous quarter.

New private housing work in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was three per cent higher compared with the previous year but the first quarter of 2006 was three per cent lower than the previous quarter. New work in the public housing sector in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was three per cent lower (on a small base figure) compared with the previous year but the latest quarter was 29 per cent higher than the previous quarter. New infrastructure output in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was seven per cent lower compared with the previous year and the first quarter of 2006 fell by three per cent compared with the previous quarter.

New construction work in the private industrial sector in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was 11 per cent higher compared with the previous year, but fell by two per cent in the latest quarter compared with the previous quarter. New private commercial output in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was four per cent higher compared to the previous year but was unchanged in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the previous quarter. New work in the public non-housing sector (excluding infrastructure) in the year to the first quarter of 2006 fell by 10 per cent compared to the previous year and by three per cent compared with the previous quarter.

Housing repair and maintenance work (including improvement work) in the public sector fell by five per cent in the year to the first quarter of 2006 compared with the previous year but was 15 per cent higher in the most recent quarter compared with previous quarter. Housing repair and maintenance work in the private sector in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was two per cent lower compared with the previous year and fell by one per cent in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the previous quarter.

Repair and maintenance work in the public non-housing sector in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was two per cent higher compared with the previous year, and was five per cent higher in the most recent quarter compared with the previous quarter. Repair and maintenance work in the private non-housing sector in the year to the first quarter of 2006 was unchanged compared with the previous year but fell by one per cent in the most recent quarter compared with the previous quarter.

Employment (Table 6)
The seasonally adjusted number of employees in employment in January 2006 was four per cent higher compared with October 2005 and was six per cent higher when compared with January 2005. Total employment (including the self-employed) in January 2006 was two per cent compared with October 2005 and was four per cent higher compared with January 2005.

Regional breakdown (Table 4)
Table 4 shows current price contractors output by Government Office region.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Constant Price information (tables 1, 2 and 5) is given in 2000 prices in line with other economic data.

Current price figures (Table 3a) are adjusted - using information on the movement of output price indices - to produce constant price seasonally adjusted figures (Tables 1 and 2) which provide a measure of volume.

Additional graphs showing more detailed trends in individual sectors are included in the Information Bulletin.

Next publication date of Output and Employment in the Construction Industry Information Bulletin: 1 September 2006

 

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RELATED DOCUMENTS

Table 1: Volume of construction output by all agencies, by type of work, at constant (2000) prices, seasonally adjusted (44Kb)

Table 2: Volume of construction output by all agencies, by type of work, seasonally adjusted volume index numbers (42Kb)

Table 3a: Value of construction output by all agencies, by type of work (at current prices) (42Kb)

Table 3b: Value of construction output new work by constractors, by type of work (30Kb)

Table 4: Value of output obtained by contractors, by type of work, by region (at current prices) (97Kb)

Table 5: Volume of construction output by all agencies, by type of work, at constant (2000) prices, seasonally adjusted (37Kb)

Table 6: Construction industry employees and total employment (45Kb)

Graphs illustrating output data for Q1 2006 (34Kb)

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