Scottish construction firms 'see workloads increase'

A rise in private house building and office development activity has helped to drive up workloads for Scottish building firms, according to the latest RICS survey.

The UK Construction Market Survey found 33% more respondents reporting higher activity levels in the second quarter of this year.

A net balance of 45% of respondents in Scotland reported higher workloads in private housing.
The net figure for the private commercial sector was 40%.

The survey suggested workloads rose across all sectors and in each part of the UK, but was more widespread throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

The pace of growth in Northern Ireland was more modest.

In Scotland, 73% more surveyors said they expected to see their workloads rise.

However, some surveyors expressed concern at a continuing shortage of some professional skills.
Rics Scotland director Sarah Speirs said: "The upturn in workloads has led to more competitive tendering, particularly across public sector projects, but a lack of accessible finance is now affecting many of our members and while concern over labour shortages dipped slightly, the demand for cost and project management skills rose.

"Also typical as workloads recover is the emergence of other impediments to growth - outside of labour and finance constraints - such as planning and regulatory barriers, which could be exacerbated if cuts are made to local authority planning departments as backlogs in planning applications could have a knock-on effect to work pipelines."

Rics member George Mackie, from Stirling-based Ogilvie Construction Ltd, added: "There still remains a serious shortage of construction professionals required to deliver the increase in workloads being experienced.

"This has the added effect of key staff being subject to increased unsolicited approaches from various sources as well as through social media.

"This will drive up costs as companies need to compete to maintain adequate resource levels."

Your News

If you've got a story that would be of interest to Builder & Engineer readers, send us an email

Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

Free E-newsletter Sign-Up

Sign up for our free e-newsletter

Looking for a company or service?