Overview:

  • measures the value of new orders by type of work and region
  • sample size of all local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales plus 10,000 contractors per annum
  • since April 2013 data has been supplied by Barbour ABI

The New Orders in Construction Survey measures the value of new orders of main contractors by type of work and region. The main users of this data are industry analysts requiring a leading indicator of the UK construction industry, trade associations making UK and international comparisons and other government departments.

This report relates to estimates of new orders at current price, constant price and seasonally adjusted constant price and is published in the Construction Output statistical bulletin.

The data are primarily sourced from local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. These local authorities are monitored daily to identify planning applications as soon as they are published. Additional contract sources are also monitored to collect details of public sector tenders and new orders as they are placed. Barbour ABI’s telephone research team speak to a minimum of 10,000 contractors every year about work they are bidding for, or are already actively involved in.

From Quarter 2 (Apr to Jun) 2013, we stopped collecting data using the quarterly survey of contracts and new orders (also known as the New Orders Survey). The first published estimates using the Barbour ABI data took place in September 2013.

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