ONS figures show continued growth

Allan Callaghan, Managing Director of Cruden Building

UK construction output has continued its recent recovery after increasing by 2.1% in Q3, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The rise was attributed to all new work, which increased by 2.8% and repair and maintenance, which grew by 1%. Additionally, output increased by 1.7% between August and September. The level of the all work series for September 2018 reached £13,995 million – a record high since the monthly records began in January 2010.

Allan Callaghan, Managing Director of Cruden Building said:

It’s encouraging to see an increase in output.  This is in step with what we’ve seen at Cruden with another productive year of housebuilding where we have continued to grow our order book and established ourselves on a number of major frameworks.

“Housebuilding remains the jewel in the construction sector crown but the skills shortage across the industry, particularly in light of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, remains a pressing issue.  The recent announcement that the CITB has invested £5m in their Pathways to Construction programme, to help under-represented groups get into the construction industry, is a welcome step in the right direction.

“We all need to play our part to maintain a steady flow of skilled and talented workers and our Cruden Academy is committed to training nearly 100 young apprentices every year to help support the future of this important sector”.

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