the state of construction 2020/21

a summer recovery into a new year.

  • Construction output grew by 12.4% in the three months to November 2020 compared with the previous three-month period, because of growth in both new work (11.9%) and repair and maintenance (13.2%).
  • Construction output grew by 1.9% in the month-on-month all work series in November 2020.
  • Monthly construction output increased by 2.9% in September 2020 compared with August 2020, rising to £12,938 million, which was the highest level of output since March 2020. This is 7.3% (£1,026 million) below Febuary 2020, pre-covid.
  • August's monthly construction output growth slowed to 3.0% growth on July. Evidence suggests this is due to slow adjustments to new working behaviours, social distancing and reduced capacity on sites due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Compared to March - May figures, private new housing, saw a 34.9% increase in new work across a three-month period to August as the largest contributor to new work growth.
  • Construction output increased by 17.6% in July 2020, a strong following from the record 23.5% in June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 effect, July 2020 was 11.6% down on February 2020.
  • Construction output fell by 10.6% in the three months to July 2020, compared with the previous three-month period; this was driven by falls in both new work (9.7%) and repair and maintenance (12.4%).
  • The decrease in new work (9.7%) in the three months to July 2020 was because of falls in every new work sector, the largest negative contributor was private new housing, at -17.0%. August's figures show signs of recovery. 
  • Infrastructure was the only sector to show growth (6.0%).

All report statistics are updated based on the latest ONS report (January 2021).

all work recovered above its pre-pandemic level for the first time.

largest quarterly growth since records began.

Source: ONS.GOV 19/11/20

monthly construction output 2020.


Source: ONS.GOV 11/09/20

impact of coronavirus, 2020.


new work - three monthly periods.


Source: ONS.GOV 11/09/20


Source: Office for National Statistics – Construction Output and Employment

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