Construction Statistics Transfer 2007
On 15 October the ONS announced the transfer of construction statistics based
in Bristol from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR
– formerly the DTI) to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), to take place
on 1 March 2008.
Agreement was reached in principle to transfer the DTI construction
statistics’ collections based in Bristol to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
in 2005. During 2007 BERR reached an agreement with the Office for National
Statistics that responsibility for the collection of statistics on construction
output and new orders should be transferred to ONS from 1 March 2008. The data
collections affected are construction output and new orders and collections
dependent on those. These are published on the BERR website at
(construction output) and
(construction new orders).
Collection of construction statistics is not a core activity for BERR to the
same extent that it is for ONS.
Statisticians in BERR will continue to analyse and interpret construction
data for policy colleagues within the department and for industry customers.
Responsibility for six surveys produced at the Bristol site will be
transferred to the ONS. Support will remain in BERR for briefing on these
surveys and on wider construction activity. Other construction statistics survey
work is already out-sourced by BERR and management of this will remain in BERR.
Six construction surveys collected at Bristol will be transferred:
• Quarterly Inquiry of Activity for Construction and Allied Trades
• The Building and Civil Engineering Employment and Output Enquiry
• Monthly Inquiry of Contracts and New Orders
• Annual Inquiry
• Quarterly Inquiry of Projects in Progress
• Key Performance Indicators
The ONS and BERR will develop a service agreement to preserve customer service
after a transfer. This will include continued access to micro-data. Many of the
Bristol construction statistics are published in the ‘Construction Statistics
Annual’ - a paper and web publication that is an important industry reference
source. ONS will continue to produce this.
Briefing and Analysis.
BERR will continue to be responsible for briefing and analysis services to
customers in respect of Bristol survey results, as for wider construction
activity issues. The resource required to carry this out will continue in BERR
and ONS will provide BERR with the necessary continuing supply of micro-data
used by construction statisticians.
ONS have undertaken that there will be no changes in the range and detail of
statistics supplied for the construction industry as a result of this transfer.
In this way, the transition will be as seamless as possible to users of the
The steps in the transfer are as follows:
• Announce the transfer on 15 October 2007.
• Transfer responsibility for the work to ONS on 1 March 2008.
• Second the BERR Bristol staff to ONS for twelve months from 1 March 2008
to 1 March 2009.
• Move the work from Bristol to Newport on 1 March 2009.
• Close the Bristol site as soon as possible after 1 March 2009.
Implications for Staff
The transfer of the work will include the transfer of all the Bristol
construction statistics’ posts and one London statistician post.
During the period from 1 March 2008 to 1 March 2009 the present staff will
continue to be employed on the data collections as they are now at the BERR
offices in Bristol.
After the secondment to ONS ends BERR will make provision for the staff whose
posts have been transferred to ONS and who do not wish to transfer. BERR and ONS
are working closely with the unions on all issues prior to the transfer.
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform - BERR
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