According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, the output for the UK Construction Industry fell towards the end of last year. ‘Output’ is defined as the amount charged by construction firms to customers for the value of work (produced during the current reporting period) excluding payments to contractors and VAT.
The figures from the first half of 2015 indicated a positive outlook however a drop in output throughout summer and autumn extended into the winter months and resulted in a 1.1% decrease in output, the largest drop since May 2013.
There was an estimated decrease of 0.5% in Construction output in November 2015, compared with October 2015. Housing repair decreased by 0.2% while all new work was the largest contributor to decrease, by 0.7%. Overall figures for the output of the Construction Industry dropped by 1.1% compared to November 2014.
Construction output estimates are a short-term indicator of construction output by private sector and public corporations within Great Britain. Download the full report here. Continue reading
In the UK, construction accounts for 6% of the economy and it still remains the most dangerous land based work sector. The output is expected to steadily rise over the next five year however; this post-recession pick up is starting to pose a whole different set of health and safety threats.
Research by QBE recently revealed that almost 7 in 10 firms are planning to recruit additional skilled staff in the next twelve months; however half of these firms are concerned about the availability of fully trained employees.
The construction site demographic is changing, and as a result; there are a considerable amount of older workers as well as an increase in foreign labourers, and with this comes additional health and safety challenges.
ONS figures show that 35,000 construction workers are aged 55 and above, therefore it is inevitable that the physically demanding work combined with the normal effects of ageing can lead to premature physical decline. Therefore in order to capitalise on their experience, more firms are now ensuring that older and more skilled workers stay on to guide and train the younger ones, therefore putting them in less physically demanding work. Continue reading