Construction Output Increased by 0.8% in Volume Terms in October 2022

The Office for National Statistics published estimates of construction output for October 2022 this morning.

Monthly construction output is estimated to have increased 0.8% in volume terms in October 2022; this is the fourth consecutive monthly growth, with October 2022 being the highest level of construction output (£15,248 million) since records began in January 2010.

Anecdotal evidence continues the narrative around the increased prices for certain construction products, however annual price growth is starting to ease from the high level in mid-2022; despite the current high prices, the construction industry is maintaining growth, and new orders books remain strong (see detail about these data in Section 2: Construction in Great Britain data)

The increase in monthly construction output in October 2022 came from increases in both new work (0.5%) and repair and maintenance (1.3%) on the month.

At the sector level, five out of the nine sectors saw a rise in October 2022, with the main contributors to the monthly increase seen in private new housing, and non-housing repair and maintenance, which increased 2.9% and 1.7%, respectively.

The level of construction output in October 2022 was 4.8% (£698 million) above the February 2020 pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic level; new work was 0.2% (£21 million) above its February 2020 level, while repair and maintenance work was 13.5% (£677 million) above the February 2020 level.

Alongside the monthly increase, construction output saw an increase of 1.1% in the three months to October 2022; this is the twelfth consecutive period of growth in the three-month-on-three-month series, and the increase came solely from growth in new work (3.1%) as repair and maintenance saw a decrease (2.1% fall).

Read the full BEIS construction dashboard here.

Download the ONS Construction update here.

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