Employment in the Scottish construction industry closed 2016 at 181,000, an annual rise of 7% or 12,000 and the highest number employed within the sector since December 2013.
The newly updated figures have been published by the Office for National Statistics following separate figures released last week which showed Scottish building industry output during 2016 was £14.5 billion.
Commenting on the new employment figures, Scottish Building Federation Managing Director Vaughan Hart said:
“Following on from last week’s Scottish construction output figures, these new figures on Scottish building employment during 2016 show a year-on-year rise of 12,000 in the number of people working within the sector. Although positive news for the industry, it remains the case that, during 2016, every £1 million of industry output supported 12 Scottish construction jobs. By comparison, in 2007, every £1 million of Scottish construction output supported 21 jobs in the sector. This reflects a shift over time in the profile of industry output, away from housing and private commercial activity and towards major infrastructure projects, which provide comparatively fewer employment opportunities. With strengthening performance now being seen across housing, private commercial and repair and maintenance, there is reason to hope that industry employment should continue to rise during 2017. At the same time, with so much uncertainty about future economic prospects, we will be watching carefully to see if these positive trends continue in the months ahead.”
- New regional labour market figures, including updated employment figures for the Scottish construction sector for the final quarter of 2016, were published today (15th March 2017) by the Office for National Statistics: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/regionallabourmarket/mar2017
- Founded in 1895, the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) is the lead voice of the construction industry in Scotland, an industry which is the largest source of private investment north of the border and contributes around £10 billion (c.10%) to Scotland’s GDP. The overall aim of the organisation is to ensure that the important contribution of the Scottish construction industry to Scotland’s economy and society is recognised and valued, which it does through working with industry, government and the media, and that industry standards are raised.
- The SBF promotes the interests of the construction industry to a diverse range of stakeholders and is the leading employers’ federation for the industry, representing hundreds of individual companies from Orkney to the Borders.
- The SBF provides an exclusive range of invaluable support services to a wide range of member companies, whether these are small single trade firms or major regional and national contractors. The shared objective that all members have in common is their commitment to health and safety, skills and integrity, ensuring the delivery of the highest standards of performance, professionalism and quality within the industry in Scotland.