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Scottish civils workloads fall for 4th quarter in a row   1st November 2018

Figures released today by the voice of Scotland’s civil engineering sector, CECA Scotland, show that Scottish civils workloads have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, with future prospects continuing to remain weak. 

The concerning figures, based on the Civil Engineering Contractor’s Association (CECA)’s quarterly Workload Trends Survey, come as the Scottish Government prepares for it’s Budget on 12th December 2018. 

Analysis of contractor feedback has revealed that workloads in Scotland fell for a fourth successive quarter, that 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 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.”
  

 

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