“Construction firms cited a nascent recovery in client confidence since the EU referendum result and a relatively steady flow of invitations to tender in August.
“However, the latest survey indicates only a partial move towards stabilisation, rather than a return to business as usual across the construction sector.
“There were still widespread reports that Brexit uncertainty had dampened demand and slowed progress on planned developments, especially in relation to large projects.”
Others have pointed out that the decreased power of the pound has pushed up purchasing costs for goods and materials, which has also had a negative effect on some Construction Specialists. However, the main factor still appears to be Brexit, and the lack of confidence in the stability of the industry following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Samuel Tombs, who is the Chief UK Economist with Pantheon Macroeconomics, expanded on this thought, stating: “Construction will continue to struggle until business confidence improves.”
He points to protracted negotiation periods as the main reason for the industry, indicating that the recent contractions are less due to a lack of work or skills, and more to do with the instability of the market itself.
This last point is a positive one for everybody in Construction in that it is market forces that are outside of our control that have affected the industry, rather than issues within Construction itself.
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