Latest data released by Markit/CIPS - 6 July 2021
- Prior 64.2
Of note, construction output growth hits a 24-year high in June with the recovery led by house building and commercial work. Overall construction activity climbed by its quickest pace since June 1997 with new orders also rising sharply.
That said, input price inflation is observed to be the highest in the survey's history and supply disruptions may pose a problem moving forward. Markit notes that:
"June data signalled another rapid increase in UK construction output as housing, commercial and civil engineering activity all expanded at a brisk pace. The headline index signalled the fastest rise in business activity across the construction sector for 24 years. Total new orders expanded at one of the strongest rates since the summer of 2007, mostly reflecting robust demand for residential projects and a boost to commercial work from the reopening UK economy.
"Supply chains once again struggled to keep up with demand for construction products and materials, with lead times lengthening to the greatest extent since the survey began in April 1997. Survey respondents widely reported delays due to low stocks of building materials, shortages of transport capacity and long wait times for items sourced from abroad.
"Purchasing prices and sub-contractor charges both increased at a survey-record pace in June, fuelled by supply shortages across the construction sector. Escalating cost pressures and concerns about labour availability appear to have constrained business optimism at some building firms. The degree of positive sentiment towards the yearahead growth outlook remained high, but eased to its lowest since the start of 2021."