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Construction Statistics - No. 16, 2015 Edition

Released: 26 August 2015 Download PDF


This construction publication brings together a wider range of statistics currently available on the construction industry from a variety of sources. 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 2014 have been updated. We no longer collate or publish other tables that were previously contained in the annual Construction Statistics publication and have supplied a link to the relevant data for these discontinued tables. This is the seventh web based only edition and the tables we produced are available in Excel, allowing independent analyses of the published information.


Our thanks go to the external contributors and in particular to our colleagues in Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), 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 (joint consultation on construction statistics by the Industry, BIS and ONS).


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 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.

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.

Output price indices (OPIs) and cost indices

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


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

Government departments’ construction plan

Information relating to UK Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects is available from Private Finance Initiative projects: 2014 summary data on GOV.UK.

Local authority expenditure

The information for English local authority expenditure can be found in Local Authority capital expenditure receipts and financing on GOV.UK.

National lottery funded projects

Information relating to National Lottery projects can be accessed in the good causes section of the National Lottery website.

Planning applications and decisions

Tables 10.1 to 10.3 for planning applications statistics and tables 10.4 to 10.5 containing live tables on planning application statistics, which were published up to the 2012 edition can now be accessed on the GOV.UK website.

Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

Data on the value of construction output and the index of construction output in Northern Ireland, previously published as table 12.1 and table 12.2, are available on the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency website.

Information relating to housing starts in Northern Ireland, previously published in tables 12.3 and 12.4 can be found in the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin, published by the Department for Social Development.

The value of new orders obtained by contractors for Wales, previously published in table 12.5 and the value of output obtained by contractors for Wales, previously published in table 12.6, are 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:

Building materials

Tables 13.1 to 13.6 contained information relating to building materials which are produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and are available on the GOV.UK website.

International comparisons

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

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 the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Constructing Excellence using data from the Office for National Statistics, Building Cost Information Service, Health and Safety Executive, Dun & Bradstreet and other third-party financial analysts.

The UK Industry Report 2014, based on annual construction KPIs, is now available online from Glenigan.

You can access all KPIs for economic, social and environmental  performance as well as those for the construction sectors, from the KPIzone and 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 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".

The Glenigan website also has access to secondary and additional performance indicators, international KPIs and industry progress tables. It 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.

Background notes

  1. Quality and methodology reports are available for both Output in the construction industry (500.7 Kb Pdf) and New orders in the construction industry (100.2 Kb Pdf) .

  2. Feedback

    We welcome your comments and suggestions, please address them to:

    Kate Davies
    Construction Statistics and Retail Sales Branch
    Office for National Statistics
    Cardiff Road
    NP10 8XG

    Tel: +44 (0)1633 45 6344

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