Your latest Construction newsletter is out now It's been a busy month for the Construction sector with the peak season starting, weather causing lots of problems on sites and a Housing growth boost - have these had an impact on your business?
Rob Ford, Construction South Director rounds up the last month for you...
''Construction is always the same this time of year for everyone - steady, steady, steady! Then Bang! You're looking for more trades and labour. Whilst there has and will be changes to embrace before the peak season gets fully in the swing (like the minimum wage increase and GDPR), one of the biggest challenges that seems to have hit you all is the unseasonable weather! Thankfully this seems to be on the turn at last and I'm sure that everyone is keen to get their works schedules back on track and make the most of the great weather.''
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What else has been happening in the Construction sector?
Outlook brightens for civils contractors.
Civil engineering contractors say that their workload was marginally down in the first quarter of 2018, overall, but orders were up. Was this the same for you? CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “While the first quarter of 2018 has proved a challenging period for many of our members, we believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that industry will act as a platform for secure growth in the coming years.”
Concrete sales figures reveal softening markets.
First-quarter sales of mineral products were down this year, with the weather being cited as the cause. Has the weather affected works on your sites? The Mineral Products Association (MPA), which collates the data, said that weak sales volumes in the first quarter of the year could be partly explained by the impact of the unusually severe weather in the UK in late February and early March.
Housing drives construction activity recovery in April.
Construction buyers reportedly saw a modest recovery in construction output following the weather-related disruptions seen during March. House building experienced robust growth in April while underlying demand across the construction sector remained subdued, with total new work rising only marginally last month. The increase in new business was the first recorded by the survey so far in 2018.
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