According to the institute, the construction segments of building and civil engineering showed opposite behaviours, with the former slowing down 0.1 percentage points to 1.6%, while the latter increased from 3.1% in February to 5.3% in March.

The employment and pay rates grew 3.3% and 5.6% in March, compared to 2.5% and 5.9% in February, respectively.

Compared to February, the employment rate increased by 0.7% (-0.1% in March 2018), while the pay rate grew by 2.4% (2.7% in March 2018).

As for annual average, the employment and pay rates increased 2.6% and 4.3%, respectively, in March, while the climbs were 2.4% and 4.4% in February.