Construction output statistics

The construction output statistics are intended to provide a general measure of quarterly changes in the volume and value of construction output in NI.

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) we anticipate that there will be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production. See the COVID-19 and the production of statistics page for more information.

Latest results - published 8th October 2020




  • The total volume of construction output in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by 30.0% compared with Q1 2020, was 30.0% lower than the same quarter in 2019 and 9.3% lower on a rolling four quarter basis.
  • Construction output has reached a series low in Q2 2020. Both the quarterly (-30.0%) and annual (-30.0%) decreases seen in Q2 2020 were the largest decreases on record.
  • The total volume of construction output has fallen since the most recent peak in Q4 2006.  While the total volume of construction output in NI was on an upward trend between Q4 2013 and Q3 2018, recent quarters have shown a drop, with decreases in 4 of the last 5 quarters.
  • The decrease in overall output in Q2 2020 from the previous quarter was driven by a 32.9% decrease in New Work and a 16.7% decrease in Repair and Maintenance.
  • The output in Repair and Maintenance has shown annual decreases in 5 consecutive quarters since Q2 2019.
  • In Q2 2020, all 3 construction sub-sectors (Housing, Infrastructure, Other work) showed a decrease when compared with the previous quarter, where both Housing (-37.5%) and Other Work (-25.2%) have now reached series lows.
  • This release captures the direct effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and measures taken to reduce transmission of the virus. The most significant was the introduction of restrictions in movement, which began on 23 March 2020. Quarter 2 2020 is the first quarter that has been affected from start to finish.

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Publication Schedule

The next Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin will be published on 14th January 2021. This will cover the period of 1st July to 30th September 2020. Full publication schedule

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Construction output statistics

Rebecca Kennedy 
Telephone: 028 9052 9218
Twitter: @NISRA