CECA bemoans continuing gloom for Scotland’s civils contractors

Workloads for contractors in Scotland civils sector have fallen for the fifth consecutive quarter to reach the lowest level in nine years.

The latest Workload Trends Survey, published today by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Scotland (CECA Scotland), warned that conditions have deteriorated and outlook remains weak.

CECA bemoans continuing gloom for Scotland’s civils contractors

Grahame Barn

According to the survey, one in two contractors have supply issues with staff, with 44% struggling to recruit skilled operatives. Almost all (96%) reported a rise in costs.

CECA Scotland chief executive, Grahame Barn, said: “With half of Scottish firms reporting a further decline in orders over the last quarter, there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel for Scotland’s civils contractors.

“Workloads have now declined for a staggering five quarters in a row. We now more than ever in these times of uncertainty, need to see concerted action from the Scottish and UK Government’s to support Scotland’s civils sector.

“Investment in infrastructure is not only central to Scotland’s future economic prosperity, it transforms how we all live and work.”

There is a political spotlight on construction as MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s economy, energy and fair work committee consider the future of the industry and members appointed to a Scottish Infrastructure Commissioners this week to work on a long term plan for the sector.

Mr Barn added: “As MSP’s consider the future of the Scottish construction sector, this ongoing workload crisis highlights the urgent need for change to secure its future and rightful place at the heart of Scotland’s economy.”

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