Workloads decline but outlook remains positive

Workloads decline but outlook remains positive

The latest CECA Workload Trends survey, covering 2019 Q4, found that workloads are once again declining.

This follows a slight rise in workloads in 2019 Q3, after almost two years of decline.

However, more CECA member are optimistic about future workloads meaning that despite the workloads decline, the outlook remains positive.

Thanks to all CECA Scotland members who took time to participate in the quarterly Workload Trends Survey.

Key Findings

In Q4, 13% of Scottish firms, reported an annual decline in workloads, down from +27% in Q3.

16% of Scottish firms, on balance, reported that orders had increased in Q4, the highest in nearly four years.

Workload expectations for the year ahead improved in Q4, with Scottish firms reporting the highest balance in 4 years (27%).

Employment of skilled and other operatives fell for a third consecutive quarter in Q4.

63% of firms, on balance cited issues with the supply of skilled operatives, the highest in nearly five years.

You can read the full survey results below.