Survey finds vast majority expect their construction business to survive Covid-19

A survey of over 500 construction professionals by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has found that 92% expect their business to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

CIOB said that ‘most’ respondents came from larger companies, with 48.8% at firms employing more than 500 people. In terms of employer organisations, 37.4% were main contractors.

As well as showing the optimism for the future held by the participants, the survey also found that 44% of respondents have volunteered to help vulnerable people in their community, 42% have helped essential workers, and 36% have donated personal protective equipment to front-line health and social care workers.

Upon being asked about the ability to maintain social distancing on site, 84% of those still working during the lockdown said that it has been possible.

Caroline Gumble, chief executive of CIOB, said, “Firstly, many thanks to everyone who completed our survey. It’s a busy time for most people in our industry so the responses are much appreciated. Secondly, it’s good to hear that there is so much activity getting underway and much hope and positivity in the industry.

“While it was necessary for some sites to temporarily close their doors, we are glad to see that the majority of construction workers are optimistic in their outlook and are able to maintain a safe environment whilst working. However, we want to remind everyone that it is imperative to stay safe and follow the appropriate guidelines, including, for the UK, the latest CLC Site Operating Procedures.”