Scottish civils workloads fall for 4th quarter in a row
Figures released today (1/11/18) from CECA’s Quarterly Workload Trends Survey for 2018 Q3, reveal that Scottish civils workloads have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter. In a further blow, future prospects continue to remain weak.
Analysis of contractor feedback has found that workloads in Scotland fell for a fourth successive quarter, order books continue to remain negative and that many firms expect workloads to continue to fall even further over the next year. 91% of Scottish firms also report a rise in costs.
The Scottish results are in sharp contrast with the rest of the UK where civils contractors have reported that growth continues and outlook remains positive, with almost a third anticipating increased workloads over the next year.
Commenting, Grahame Barn, Chief Executive of CECA Scotland said:
“These latest figures show there is no end in sight to the downward spiral in Scottish infrastructure workloads. As the Scottish Government consider their Budget for the year ahead, we would urge decisive action to halt the decline and restore confidence in the civil sector.
Investment in infrastructure is vital to Scotland’s future economic success and prosperity and we will be meeting with Government Ministers in the weeks ahead to press for the extra investment needed now and for the future”.
You can access the full Workload Trends Survey results for Scotland at: CECA (Scotland) Workload Trends 2018 Q3
Results for the GB as a whole are here: CECA (Great Britain) 2018 Q3