Response to ONS Construction Output figures for March

In response to the ONS Construction Output figures for March 2014:

“It was another strong quarter for construction with output in Q1 2014 up 5.4 per cent compared with the same period in 2013.

“Private housing, which was up 23.1 per cent compared to Q1 last year, continues to drive resurgence in the construction industry and this seems secure while government initiatives such as Help to Buy remain in place.

“While the continued recovery is noticeable and welcome, there are concerns that too much of this growth is concentrated within the housing sector. An upturn in other key sectors, particularly private commercial and infrastructure, is vital for a stronger and more durable recovery.

“In addition, there have been reports recently of skills shortages affecting the construction industry. Addressing these supply-side constraints is crucial to ensure the long-term health of the industry going forward.”