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Two-thirds of surveyors hit by skills shortages

23 Apr 2015: Labour shortages appear to have overtaken materials shortages as the biggest constraint to construction industry growth. more »

UK spends £55bn a year on building maintenance

23 Apr 2015: New estimates from the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) puts the value of the building maintenance market at more than a billion pounds a week. more »

Start-ups now outstrip closures

13 Apr 2015: An analysis of the number of construction businesses registered at Companies House shows that after four years of net closures, more were started in 2013 than shut down. more »

Political uncertainty hits construction growth forecasts

13 Apr 2015: Construction economists have downgraded their growth forecasts for 2016, citing political uncertainty, but the forecast for 2015 has been revised upwards and longer-term projections are unaffected. more »

Construction industry confidence reaches dizzying new heights

2 Apr 2015: The latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers has found business confidence to be its highest level in the industry for more than nine years. more »

Laing O'Rourke tops record March league

2 Apr 2015: UK construction contract awards in the first quarter of 2015 were 47% up on the same period of 2014, according to Builders’ Conference data. more »

Record high for Scottish confidence

30 Mar 2015: Latest quarterly survey of Scottish builders has produced a record high confidence rating of +29, up three points on the rating recorded at the end of 2014. more »

NHBC's February registrations show 25% leap in new homes

27 Mar 2015: New figures released today by National House-building Council (NHBC) have revealed that the number of new homes it registered in the UK in February 2015 increased by 25% compared to the same month in 2014. more »

Scottish apprentice numbers start to move back up

23 Mar 2015: The number of building apprentices registered in Scotland in 2014 rose by 7% to 1,553. more »

Planning data suggests further growth ahead for house-builders

17 Mar 2015: An analysis of planning permission granted for new homes indicates that the growth in house-building output is set to continue for at least a couple more years. more »

UK construction output fell in January

13 Mar 2015: Latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that, despite benign weather, construction slowed in January. more »

Optimism hits four-year high in German construction sector

8 Mar 2015: February’s data for the German construction industry signalled a return to output growth, as both housing and commercial activity increased. more »

Purchasing index moves back above 60

3 Mar 2015: February saw the sharpest expansion of construction activity for four months, pushing the purchasing manager’s index back above the 60 mark. more »

Slow public sector drags January new home registrations

27 Feb 2015: Latest figures show a 2% fall in new home registrations in January, although the rolling quarter saw continuing strong growth. more »

Skills shortage eases but not for brickies

22 Feb 2015: There was continued growth across the construction industry in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the latest pan-industry survey, but new orders are slowing for some. more »

B&ES survey indicates slowing of growth

22 Feb 2015: A survey of building services engineers suggests growth might be faltering in this sector. more »

House-building starts rose 10% in 2014

20 Feb 2015: Latest house-building figures show starts on new homes in 2014 totalled 137,010, which is 10% higher than in 2013. more »

Construction output grew 7.4% in 2014

16 Feb 2015: UK construction output decreased by 2.1% in Q4 2014 compared with the previous quarter, but the year as a whole saw 7.4% growth. more »

Structural steelwork demand to rise 19% by 2018

10 Feb 2015: A new market study forecasts that consumption of structural steelwork in the UK will rise from 818,000 tonnes in 2014 to 972,000 in 2018. more »

Specialist contractors raise their prices

9 Feb 2015: The number of specialist contractors increasing their tender prices is at its highest for eight years, according to a survey by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC). more »

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