Wage pressure keeps the construction price index rising

news release no 111

According to Statistics Estonia, the change of the construction price index in the 3rd quarter of 2017 was 0.9% compared to the previous quarter and 1.7% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016.

In the 3rd quarter, compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year, the construction price index was primarily affected by an increase in the costs of labour and building materials, which accounted respectively for over 64% and over 30% of the total increase of the index.

Compared to the previous quarter, the costs of building materials increased by 0.1%, the costs of building machines by 1.4% and labour by 2.3%.

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, the change of the repair and reconstruction work price index was 0.6% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2017 and 1.6% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016.

The calculation of the construction price index covers four groups of buildings: detached houses, blocks of flats, industrial buildings and office buildings. The repair and reconstruction work price index covers office buildings. The construction price index expresses the change in the expenditures on construction taking into consideration the price changes of three basic inputs: labour force, building materials and building machines.

Change in the construction price index, 3rd quarter 2017
  2nd quarter 2017 – 3rd quarter 2017, % 3rd quarter 2016 – 3rd quarter 2017, %
TOTAL 0.9 1.7
labour force 2.3 3.3
building machines 1.1 2.2
building materials 0.1 0.8
Index of detached houses 0.9 1.5
Index of blocks of flats 0.7 1.1
Index of industrial buildings 0.8 1.7
Index of office buildings 1.0 1.9
Change in the repair and reconstruction work price index, 3rd quarter 2017
  2nd quarter 2017 – 3rd quarter 2017, % 3rd quarter 2016 – 3rd quarter 2017, %
TOTAL 0.6 1.6
labour force 1.2 2.2
building machines 1.4 2.7
building materials 0.0 1.1

For the statistical activity “Construction price index”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting this statistical activity.

For further information:

Ülo Paulus
Leading Statistician
Economic and Environmental Statistics Department      
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9242

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database.