Construction industry's employment forecast in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016-2020

This statistic illustrates the total employment in the construction industry in Scotland for 2016 and projections thereof for 2020, by type of occupation. The forecast shows a decrease in many occupations with a few notable exceptions. The numbers for civil engineers are actually expected to grow from 8,320 to 8,380.

Total employment in the construction industry in the United Kingdom (UK) for 2016 and 2020, by occupation

Non-construction professional, technical, IT and other office-based staff368,140379,690
Wood trades and interior fit-out 273,300277,990
Other construction professionals and technical staff198,870211,370
Other construction process managers195,600179,230
Electrical trades and installation183,240179,380
Senior, executive, and business process managers174,670179,230
Plumbing and HVAC Trades161,690159,530
Labourers nec* 123,200125,600
Painters and decorators114,050112,620
Building envelope specialists106,430108,440
Specialist building operatives nec*58,27057,430
Civil engineers54,80057,650
Construction project managers50,07052,500
Construction trades supervisors49,35053,440
Plant operatives43,94046,150
Plant mechanics/fitters 39,98039,450
Non-construction operatives32,59034,190
Steel erectors/structural fabrication26,34026,850
Civil engineering operatives nec*22,96023,640
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Release date

May 2016


United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

2016 and 2020

Supplementary notes

* Not elsewhere classified.
** Projections for 2020.

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