Infrastructure workloads are at their lowest level for three years, according to the latest figures from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca).
Results from Ceca’s quarterly workload trends survey show that on balance, only 1% of British firms reported an increase in workload during Q3 2016 – the lowest proportion since Q2 2013.
According to the survey, 27% of Welsh firms and 4% of Scottish companies reported that, on balance, workloads had fallen.
However, 22% of British firms indicated that they expect to see their workload rise in the next 12 months, showing possible signs of recovery.
“It is disappointing that our members are continuing to report weak growth in their workloads,” said Ceca head of external affairs Marie-Claude Hemming.
“The infrastructure sector is a vital driver of growth in the UK economy. While recent government decisions to commit to large infrastructure projects at Heathrow and Hinkley Point are welcome, it is clear that the last quarter has seen a lull in activity.”
Hemming added that the results show Ceca members’ confidence in future trading conditions.
“Government and industry must work together to ensure these expectations are met without delay, so that the infrastructure sector can get back to doing what it does best – driving strong economic growth,” she said.