Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsSun, 26 May 2019 00:00:46 BST Workloads fall for SME construction companies for first time in six years, according to research Workloads fall for SME construction companies for first time in six years: A report into the current state of the construction industry has revealed 29% of construction SMEs have reported a reduction in workloads in the latest quarter, compared to 13% at the end of 2018. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Workloads-fall-for-SME-construction-companies-for-first-time-in-six-years-according-to-research-04376 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Workloads-fall-for-SME-construction-companies-for-first-time-in-six-years-according-to-research-04376 Gender pay gap narrows in the construction industry, shows recent survey… Gender pay gap narrows in the construction industry, shows recent survey: The gender pay gap in the construction industy has closed in the past year according to the 20th RICS and Macdonald & Co. Rewards and Attitudes Survey. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Gender-pay-gap-narrows-in-the-construction-industry-shows-recent-survey-04360 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Gender-pay-gap-narrows-in-the-construction-industry-shows-recent-survey-04360 65% of young construction workers say the industry was never suggested to them by career advisers 65% of young construction workers say the industry was never suggested to them by career advisers: A survey of construction professionals into the perceptions of the construction industry has revealed almost two thirds did not have the industry suggested to them when they visited careers advisors. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/65percent-of-young-construction-workers-say-the-industry-was-never-suggested-to-them-by-career-advisers-04356 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/65percent-of-young-construction-workers-say-the-industry-was-never-suggested-to-them-by-career-advisers-04356 Workplace injuries result in 130,000 days off for construction workers each year, survey finds A survey by Direct Line has revealed insight into accidents in the construction industry ' revealing that between 2014 and 2017 workers had to take 392,000 days off work due to injuries sustained on site. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Workplace-injuries-result-in-130000-days-off-for-construction-workers-each-year-survey-finds-04282 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Workplace-injuries-result-in-130000-days-off-for-construction-workers-each-year-survey-finds-04282 47% of building professionals expect to make majority of construction projects green by 2021, reveals survey 47% of building professionals expect to make majority of construction projects green by 2021: A global survey has revealed the demand for smart, efficient 'green' buildings is set to increase further in the coming years. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/47percent-of-building-professionals-expect-to-make-majority-of-construction-projects-green-by-2021-reveals-survey-04273 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/47percent-of-building-professionals-expect-to-make-majority-of-construction-projects-green-by-2021-reveals-survey-04273 Workloads increase for construction industry as Brexit approaches, according to latest survey findings Workloads increase for construction industry as Brexit approaches according to latest survey findings: A construction industry survey has revealed amid the uncertainties of Brexit and challenging market conditions, workloads for surveyors have continued to grow. The Q3 RICS UK Construction survey and Infrastructure Market Survey found that 20% more chartered surveyors reported greater workloads than was reported in the previous Q2 report. This was true for all regions of the UK, although most notably in the Midlands and east England where the rise was the most accelerated. Infrastructure activity for energy, rail and roads also experienced a surge across the UK in Q3 with the exception of Scotland and Northern Ireland. The survey also revealed that despite increased workloads, three quarters (75%) of surveyors polled report that financial uncertainty and constraints are the most significant barrier to growth -- a figure slightly down from Q2 results where it was 80%. Looking to the future and the strength of the economy, those polled predict a slowdown in growth although a third (33%) believe growth rather than regression is to come ' down 7 percentage points since Q2 findings where it was 41%. A new question put to respondents for the Q3 survey asked them how they felt credit conditions have changed over the past three months. More respondents reported a deterioration rather than an improvement and expect circumstances to deteriorate further over the coming year. Further deconstructing the sectors, private housing and infrastructure workloads have increased the most, and over the coming year, it is expected that railroad and energy divisions in the infrastructure sector will see the largest growth. Hew Edgar, Head of Policy for RICS said: "Despite challenging market conditions and Brexit looming, overall construction output in the UK is up on the second quarter of the year, and in particular, it's very positive to see that workloads for much needed new homes and infrastructure are increasing." You can download the full RICS report here http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Workloads-increase-for-construction-industry-as-Brexit-approaches-according-to-latest-survey-findings-04256 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Workloads-increase-for-construction-industry-as-Brexit-approaches-according-to-latest-survey-findings-04256 Stress affecting 78% of construction workers in the Midlands, survey finds Stress is affecting 78% of construction workers in the Midlands: A survey has found that a large proportion of workers in the construction industry in the Midlands are experiencing high stress levels, yet half of them feel unable to speak to their boss about how they are feeling. The study, carried out by Aquarius Life found that despite feeling pressure or stress, 75% of workers say they deliberately cover up how they are feeling. It also found that 2% of respondents were drinking alcohol or taking drugs to help them through times of stress or pressure. According to the survey results, 28% of construction workers polled suspect a colleague has been under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work. The revelations also show that 52% of respondents, despite feeling they are struggling at work, are reluctant to share their status with their manager, because they want to keep their lives away from work, private. Help available? Seventy-six percent of workers polled said they did not know if there was any help they could access to help alleviate feelings of pressure, stress or personal issues, with 80% saying they did not feel as though they were supported in the workplace. Annette Fleming, CEO of Aquarius, said: 'The results of our latest research are clear ' at times, most of us can find it hard to deal with the day-to-day pressures of balancing our work and personal lives. In fact, 78% of construction employees in the Midlands confirm they experience stress that they struggle to cope with. That's why we believe it's time for employers to act'. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Stress-affecting-78percent-of-construction-workers-in-the-Midlands-survey-finds-04215 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Stress-affecting-78percent-of-construction-workers-in-the-Midlands-survey-finds-04215 Construction companies feeling the impact of Brexit up 9%, according to survey Construction companies feeling the impact of Brexit up 9%: A survey into the impact Brexit is having on the construction industry has revealed that the number of firms feeling affected by the decision to leave the EU has risen by 9% since last year. The research, conducted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) revealed one in three construction companies polled are feeling the impact of Brexit, however, fewer than a third have done anything about it yet, or plan to do so in the months before the EU departure. The study polled 400 employers, 50 recruitment agencies and 244 migrant workers and also found that over half of employers expect to face challenges recruiting skilled workers in the next couple of years. Only 4 percent of those surveyed felt recruitment would become easier. Of those employers who have made or are making contingency plans for Brexit, only 8 percent plan to increase training, with most saying their main concern was retaining their existing workers. And according to the survey results, employers have a good chance of doing so, with 61% of migrant workers polled saying they expect to work in the UK until retirement. Questioned about their reasons for recruiting workers not from the UK, 46 percent said it was due to a shortage of skilled staff in the UK, while 43% said the availability of UK workers was a problem. When it comes to dependence on non-UK workers, the majority (71%) said they were not reliant on employees from overseas. Only a small number (5%) said they were 'very' dependent, while 9% said they were 'quite' dependent 16%, 'not very'. Steven Radley, Director of Policy for CITB said: As Brexit approaches, construction employers expect recruitment of skilled staff to become more difficult. However, few employers are making firm plans to address this. Rather their main aim is the retention of their existing migrant employees.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Construction-companies-feeling-the-impact-of-Brexit-up-9percent-according-to-survey-04216 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Construction-companies-feeling-the-impact-of-Brexit-up-9percent-according-to-survey-04216 Survey reveals one in three construction workers fail to check asbestos registers Survey reveals one in three construction workers fail to check asbestos registers: The dangers of asbestos exposure are now well understood, however, a survey by Opinium has revealed a worrying number of construction workers fail to check the asbestos register at sites they are due to start work at before jobs get underway. Thirty-two percent of the 500 workers polled said they have never checked the register before starting a job, with half of these having no knowledge at all about asbestos registers. In terms of what to do if they came across asbestos at a site they were working at, 18% said they would not be sure of what they should do. The survey also revealed that almost 1 in 6 respondents (59 percent) were well versed in the dangers posed by asbestos and 15 percent revealed they had the message reiterated regularly during staff training sessions. Some workers (23 percent) also shared that they believed they had been exposed to asbestos. The survey was carried out as part of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign. Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause cancers including the deadliest form, mesothelioma, and claim the lives of an estimated 5,000 people in the UK each year. Craig Foyle, the president of the IOSH said: 'We are calling on everyone, including employers, to do the right thing; to protect the people who work for them.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-one-in-three-construction-workers-fail-to-check-asbestos-registers-04214 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-one-in-three-construction-workers-fail-to-check-asbestos-registers-04214 Less than half of construction businesses have a digital strategy, recent survey finds http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Less-than-half-of-construction-businesses-have-a-digital-strategy-recent-survey-finds-04120 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Less-than-half-of-construction-businesses-have-a-digital-strategy-recent-survey-finds-04120 Construction workers spend more hours consuming tea than any other worker, according to a new survey http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Construction-workers-spend-more-hours-consuming-tea-than-any-other-worker-according-to-a-new-survey-04009 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Construction-workers-spend-more-hours-consuming-tea-than-any-other-worker-according-to-a-new-survey-04009 New housing infrastructure ranked lowest in terms of quality, according to Brits http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/New-housing-infrastructure-ranked-lowest-in-terms-of-quality-according-to-Brits-03996 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/New-housing-infrastructure-ranked-lowest-in-terms-of-quality-according-to-Brits-03996 Latest UK PMI report reveals weakest construction performance since August 2016 Latest UK PMI report reveals weakest construction performance since August 2016: For the first time since the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, the construction Purchasing Manager's Index dropped from 54.8 in June to 51.9 in July 2017; resulting in an 11 month decline in the overall construction index. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Latest-UK-PMI-report-reveals-weakest-construction-performance-since-August-2016-03794 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Latest-UK-PMI-report-reveals-weakest-construction-performance-since-August-2016-03794 Recent statistics reveal that Northern Ireland’s construction output is higher than last year Recent statistics reveal that Northern Ireland's construction output is higher than last year: Following from last year's final quarter, the construction sector's total volume of output fell by 1.7%, yet compared to the same quarter as last year, overall output is up by 7.1%. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Recent-statistics-reveal-that-Northern-Irelands-construction-output-is-higher-than-last-year-03780 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Recent-statistics-reveal-that-Northern-Irelands-construction-output-is-higher-than-last-year-03780 Latest research states that the construction industry seeks to see a rise in housing production Latest research states that the construction industry seeks to see a rise housing production: The Home Builders Federation, (HBF), are aiming to support the number of construction providers helping to build an estimate of 'one million homes between 2015-2020'. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Latest-research-states-that-the-construction-industry-seeks-to-see-a-rise-in-housing-production-03779 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Latest-research-states-that-the-construction-industry-seeks-to-see-a-rise-in-housing-production-03779 American survey finds an increasing demand for outdoor kitchen construction American survey finds an increasing demand for outdoor kitchen construction: According to the American Institute of Architects' Home Design Trends Survey for the final quarter of 2016, architects have stated that there is an increasing demand for outdoor kitchens. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/American-survey-finds-an-increasing-demand-for-outdoor-kitchen-construction-03608 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/American-survey-finds-an-increasing-demand-for-outdoor-kitchen-construction-03608 Survey reveals there is a shortage of construction workers in Ireland Survey reveals there is a shortage of construction workers in Ireland: According to the most recent edition of the quarterly construction market research report, entitled the InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report, construction firms in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are having difficulties in recruiting skilled construction workers. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-there-is-a-shortage-of-construction-workers-in-Ireland-03520 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-there-is-a-shortage-of-construction-workers-in-Ireland-03520 Survey finds construction companies are positive about Brexit and UK economy Survey finds construction companies are positive about Brexit and UK economy: According to recent construction market research, those within the construction industry are feeling more positive about the economy than other industries, with approximately 75 per cent of construction companies anticipating business growth in 2017. However, the firms in the survey highlighted the skills shortage and how 25 per cent of construction firms are having a difficult time with recruitment. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-construction-companies-are-positive-about-Brexit-and-UK-economy-03455 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-construction-companies-are-positive-about-Brexit-and-UK-economy-03455 Survey finds 30 per cent of contractors are happy with architects’ work Survey finds 30 per cent of contractors are happy with architects' work: According to a recent construction survey by the Royal Institute of British Architects, just 30 per cent of contractors who employ architects to work on schemes are happy with their finished work. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-30-per-cent-of-contractors-are-happy-with-architects-work-03392 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-30-per-cent-of-contractors-are-happy-with-architects-work-03392 Survey reveals construction is one of the least female-friendly industries Survey reveals construction is one of the least female-friendly industries: According to a survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), young women have voted construction and property as the least female-friendly industries to work in, with 29 per cent of the respondents claiming that the industries are solely for males. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-construction-is-one-of-the-least-female-friendly-industries-03351 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-construction-is-one-of-the-least-female-friendly-industries-03351