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CECA warns of dire year ahead

The economy is: “on a knife edge,” with the construction sector, often taken as a bellwether for the rest of the economy, looking dangerously fragile according to alarming statistics published by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) today.

CECA’s workloads trends survey recorded the worst-ever trading conditions in its history, with 80% of companies reporting a fall in workload compared to the same period last year.

CECA National Director Rosemary Beales said the government needed to intervene to avoid a ‘double whammy’ of reduced workloads now, and then reduced spending post-election:

“These figures must put the Government on red alert. The economy is on a knife edge with a danger of slipping back into recession. The growth required to prevent this situation can only be achieved by investing in critical infrastructure.

“Yet at this very moment the UK looks set to face an ‘infrastructure crunch’, as under-investment leads to congestion and failure of our networks. It is vital that the private and public sector work together to address these issues, releasing the brake that will otherwise stifle the UK’s return to growth.”

78% of firms reported that they had lower orders now than a year ago - just 14% had higher orders, while 93% of firms expected their workload to be as low or lower in 12 months’ time.

CECA also found:

  • 69% of firms have cut number of skilled operatives in the last year
  • 82% report lower tender prices for new work
  • Resource availability problems are now almost non-existent

Readers' comments (4)

  • a dire time -yet in another headline a massive boost for graduate employmet ??

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  • Yet again the parasites (bankers, lawyers, public sector employees etc...and MPs) prosper (pay - astronomical in many cases - and pensions) and those who do real work, adding value, are the losers. We need a complete new system based on contribution and value not tax and spend. I wonder when the taxpayer and the IMF will call a halt.
    And to think that the ICE assisted the odious Blair creature to avoid any "barracking" at the Chilcot enquiry!!!

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  • Jim, could you pleaes explain how public sector employees class in your system as "parasites"?

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  • Parasite: Noun.
    1. An organism which lives in or on another organism and benefits at the other’s expense.
    2. (derogatory) A person who lives off or exploits others.

    I think I can see where Jim is coming from....

    Let's not lose sight of the fact that there are a significant number of public sector employees that do fulfill a valuable function in keeping our society infrastructure running and many of them do a good or at least reasonable job of keeping the wheels turning. But there is also vast number that equally fill non-jobs or treat their government salary and gold plated pension as a right rather than a privilege. Salary's and pensions that are ultimately paid for by the wealth generators in British business. People who go to work every day after a sleepless night worrying about where the next paying job is coming from, how can they compete against the Far East in a UK that is strangling itself with politically correct equality and trade legislation and how the hell they're going to pay their staff this week in light of the increasing tax burden.

    Public sector employment in the UK nationally is 1 in 5. In the North East it counts for every 1 in 3 people in work. That hardly seems like a reasonable ratio for a functioning economy. When you consider that many job titles and functions in the public sector simply didn't even exist 10 years ago. Strange coincidence that "public sector job" is in fact an anagram of "Labour buys another vote" (OK, so you might need to change a few letters and add a few, but you get there in the end... )

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