Survey shows positive signs of ‘sustained’ Scottish civils recovery

Grahame Barn

A new study has highlighted signs of a ‘sustained recovery’ in the Scottish civils sector.

The latest Workload Trends Survey, conducted by trade association CECA Scotland, revealed more than half of contractors reported workloads had increased in Scotland during Q4 of 2020. This follows a ‘significant rebound’ in the previous quarter, which also saw a rise in workloads and order books.

Scottish contractors also reported employment rising for all types of worker, with employment balances hitting a five-year high and outlook and expectations for the future ‘upbeat’.

The majority of respondents said they expect employment of operatives to increase over the coming year.

Grahame Barn, chief executive of CECA Scotland, said, “Our latest Workload Trends Survey builds on the positive news last quarter and gives us hope that the green shoots of recovery are now firmly embedded. We are cautiously optimistic that 2021 will see workloads continue to rise, which is great news for all in the sector and will help us rebuild the industry and shape Scotland’s post Covid-19 recovery.”