The construction skills gap continues to intensify. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB says, in response to their latest State of Trade Survey 2017 ‘of the 15 key trades and occupations we monitor, 40% show skills shortages at their highest point since we started to feel the effects of the skills crisis in 2013.’ The […]

A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. […]

Since the EU referendum the economic outlook for the UK in general and for construction specifically has been uncertain. The recent Glenigan Breakfast Briefing, held in London on Tuesday 22nd November, provided the outlook for construction markets going into 2017. Here is my take on the event. Heightened uncertainty & sterling depreciation shocks the economy The […]

The Construction Products Association’s latest construction forecasts gives a mixed picture for construction over the next two years, due to the impacts of the uncertainty following the EU referendum. Construction activity is expected to remain flat in 2017 and 2018; however this hides variation at the sector level, with growth in infrastructure and education offsetting […]

At last we have some indications of the timetable for Brexit following the Conservative Party Conference and the anouncements made there. Coincidentally the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI September data highlights an upturn in business activity across construction for the first time since May 2016. The Construction Product Association’s latest State of Trade Survey also shows […]

Post-Referendum there is uncertainty around the data in the near-term. Because of this the CPA have decided not to publish their standard point estimate forecasts, normally reported in their Summer Construction Industry Forecasts. Instead they have developed Construction Industry Scenarios – Summer 2016. This presents higher and lower bounds to reflect the extent of the […]

Competitive Advantage in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) has set up a quarterly survey to measure the impact of Brexit on Sales & Marketing in the construction sector. Please follow the link to give us your feedback and register for a free report of the findings. Here is a […]

What does the Brexit vote mean for the construction sector? Here is a summary of how the construction market has reacted. The UK economy was adversely affected by uncertainty prior to the EU referendum. This uncertainty has continued following the Brexit vote. Rain Newton –Smith, chief economist for CBI, goes through what the economic impact […]