Construction Work Rises 0.7% Since 2017

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Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E. info@burflex.co.uk

Construction Work Rises 0.7% Since 2017

Construction Work Rises 0.7% Since 2017

Those working in the construction industry, particularly with scaffolding companies in Hull, will be pleased to hear that construction output grew last year.

According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the level of all work in 2018 was 0.7 per cent higher than during 2017. Despite being the lowest annual growth in construction output since 2012 – when there was a decline of 6.9 per cent – it still demonstrates a positive movement for the industry.

The statistics revealed that all work series declined by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, between October and December 2018, despite a rise of 2.1 per cent during the preceding three-month period. It attributed this result to a significant drop of repair and maintenance output of 2.8 per cent towards the end of the year.

ONS reported how repair and maintenance work was affected by a four per cent decline in private housing and non-housing repair, and a 2.9 per cent fall of maintenance outputs.

This comes after the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) revealed housebuilding in Britain during the 2010s has been at the lowest level since World War II.

New-build housing completions have averaged 130,000 a year between 2010 and 2019, while this figure was much higher at 150,000 per annum during the 1990s.

Despite this, the ONS showed there was a boost for construction work on new infrastructure and private commercial projects. The findings revealed a 1.1 per cent increase in all new work, as a result of a 1.9 per cent rise in infrastructure initiatives, and a 1.4 per cent growth in private commercial jobs.