Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsWed, 17 Apr 2024 03:34:01 BST 64% of chartered surveyors believe financial constraints are the top factor limiting building activity 64% of chartered surveyors believe financial constraints are the top factor limiting building activity: A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has found that almost two thirds of chartered surveyors polled believe financial constraints are the top issue limiting building activity, followed by labour and materials and the impact of planning regulation. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/64percent-of-chartered-surveyors-believe-financial-constraints-are-the-top-factor-limiting-building-activity-05503 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/64percent-of-chartered-surveyors-believe-financial-constraints-are-the-top-factor-limiting-building-activity-05503 London drops out of the 'most expensive cities to build in' top 10 rankings for the first time, according to construction survey London drops out of the 'most expensive cities to build in' top 10 rankings for the first time: An annual construction survey has revealed that London is no longer one of the top 10 most expensive cities to build in, ranking outside of the top 10 in 12th position with an average build cost of US $3,879 per sqm. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/London-drops-out-of-the-most-expensive-cities-to-build-in-top-10-rankings-for-the-first-time-according-to-construction-survey-05555 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/London-drops-out-of-the-most-expensive-cities-to-build-in-top-10-rankings-for-the-first-time-according-to-construction-survey-05555 Nearly 70% of adults in the UK would not consider a career in construction, recent survey finds A recent survey has found that nearly 70% of adults in the UK would not consider a career in construction: A survey by YouGov has found that 69% of UK adults would not consider a career in construction, with 77% of full-time students aged between 18-24 saying the same thing. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Nearly-70percent-of-adults-in-the-UK-would-not-consider-a-career-in-construction-recent-survey-finds-05570 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Nearly-70percent-of-adults-in-the-UK-would-not-consider-a-career-in-construction-recent-survey-finds-05570 A quarter of construction workers say their employer is not open to new tech, finds survey A quarter of construction workers say their employer is not open to new tech: A survey of construction workers has revealed that 25% believe their employer is not open to new technology. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-construction-workers-say-their-employer-is-not-open-to-new-tech-finds-survey-05501 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-construction-workers-say-their-employer-is-not-open-to-new-tech-finds-survey-05501 Survey shows construction activity in the UK has experienced largest monthly decline since the early days of Covid-19 Survey shows construction activity in the UK has experienced largest monthly decline since the early days of Covid-19: According to a widely observed survey, UK construction activity has experienced its largest monthly decline since May 2020. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-shows-construction-activity-in-the-UK-has-experienced-largest-monthly-decline-since-the-early-days-of-Covid-19-05502 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-shows-construction-activity-in-the-UK-has-experienced-largest-monthly-decline-since-the-early-days-of-Covid-19-05502 Half of Engineering and Construction companies believe the implementation of ESG will give them a competitive advantage, finds global survey Half of Engineering and Construction companies believe that the implementation of ESG will give them a competitive advantage: A survey of E&C companies has found that 50% believe the implementation of ESG into capital projects and programs would give them a competitive advantage, while the same proportion said it would offer reputational improvement. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Half-of-Engineering-and-Construction-companies-believe-the-implementation-of-ESG-will-give-them-a-competitive-advantage-finds-global-survey-05389 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Half-of-Engineering-and-Construction-companies-believe-the-implementation-of-ESG-will-give-them-a-competitive-advantage-finds-global-survey-05389 Lack of progress when it comes to diversity in the construction sector, survey finds Lack of progress when it comes to diversity in the construction sector, survey finds: Major diversity gaps remain in the construction workforce, despite small steps being made, according to new industry research. The survey found that inclusion of ethnic minorities rose from 13.3% to 13.7% in 2021 to 2022, which shows steps are being made, but only marginally. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Lack-of-progress-when-it-comes-to-diversity-in-the-construction-sector-survey-finds-05370 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Lack-of-progress-when-it-comes-to-diversity-in-the-construction-sector-survey-finds-05370 Survey reveals how common planning permission problems are and the serious impact they can have Survey reveals the impact of planning permission roadblocks and the serious problems they can cause: New research by property data firm, Searchland, has found that a quarter (25%) of investors have been denied planning permission after requesting to carry out an extension or conversion on a property they have recently bought. According to Searchland's data, 24% of applications for new-build residential schemes of one or more units were refused over the last five years. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-how-common-planning-permission-problems-are-and-the-serious-impact-they-can-have-05377 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-how-common-planning-permission-problems-are-and-the-serious-impact-they-can-have-05377 A quarter of Tier One contractors in London are struggling to fill order books, finds survey A quarter of Tier One contractors in London are struggling to fill order books: A survey has found that in London, a quarter of Tier One contractors (25%) are finding it difficult to fill order books, up from 15% last year. In comparison, Tier 2 contractors were experiencing a boost to their workloads compared with last year. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-Tier-One-contractors-in-London-are-struggling-to-fill-order-books-finds-survey-05310 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-Tier-One-contractors-in-London-are-struggling-to-fill-order-books-finds-survey-05310 Survey reveals the tech which is transforming the construction sector Survey reveals the tech which is transforming the construction sector: A survey of construction industry professionals has shone a light on the technology which continues to transform the sector, as well as the software solutions which companies are looking towards in the next 6- 12 months. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-the-tech-which-is-transforming-the-construction-sector-05292 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-the-tech-which-is-transforming-the-construction-sector-05292 45% of construction industry experts believe their companies will grow this year, find survey 45% of construction industry experts believe their companies will grow this year: A survey of professionals working in the construction industry has found that 45% are feeling confident about the coming year and are expecting their companies to grow, despite the economic forecast. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/45percent-of-construction-industry-experts-believe-their-companies-will-grow-this-year-find-survey-05291 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/45percent-of-construction-industry-experts-believe-their-companies-will-grow-this-year-find-survey-05291 39% of tradeswomen say they're not taken seriously in the trades industry because of their gender, survey reveals 39% of tradeswomen say they're not taken seriously in the trades industry because of their gender: A recent survey into what it's like to be a woman in the trades industry has revealed that four in 10 tradeswomen feel they're not taken as seriously as men due to their gender. Furthermore, one in 10 say they have been refused jobs because they are a woman. The study by Rated People polled women in the trades industry about their experiences and how they feel they differ from tradesmen. The survey found that one in seven had personal safety concerns while working. When looking at which specific job has the most female workers, it was found that eight in 10 cleaners are women, with every other profession having more men than women. Just 1% of carpenters and joiners are women, found the survey, with male carpenters getting paid almost double that of a female carpenter. On the other hand, 8% of the female participants said that they have been able to help female clients who do not feel safe having a tradesman do the work. Three in 10 women said they would feel more comfortable hiring a female tradesperson, rather than a male tradesperson. Although there were over 27,000 searches for painters last year, just 32% of women said they would consider becoming a tradeswoman, compared to 47% of men. The survey also found that the number of women participating in trade courses has gone up by 27%. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/39percent-of-tradeswomen-say-theyre-not-taken-seriously-in-the-trades-industry-because-of-their-gender-survey-reveals-05080 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/39percent-of-tradeswomen-say-theyre-not-taken-seriously-in-the-trades-industry-because-of-their-gender-survey-reveals-05080 A quarter of construction firms have fallen victim to fraud over the last year, survey reveals A quarter of construction firms have fallen victim of fraud over the last year: A recent survey of people working in the construction industry has uncovered that 25% of construction firms have experienced some sort of scam in the last 12 months, however, two in five chose not to report it to the authorities, suggesting that it is more prevalent than the police are aware of. The study by Herts Tool observed 39 companies in the UK to uncover how fraud is impacting British construction companies. In addition, the survey found that larger companies are twice as likely to be targeted and to experience fraudulent activity. When asked what type of fraud they had been a victim of, three in five companies said their providers had changed the quality of the product. This response was the top answer cited making it the most common way to defraud a company. In addition, one in five firms said they had experienced a form of corruption such as bid rigging or bribery. At least two in 10 construction firms stated that they had experienced at least one of the following fraudulent practices: falsifying expense reimbursement, false billing, contractors lying about qualifications, purchase fraud or stealing tools for other projects. One of the bigger issues caused by fraud was that four in 10 companies almost faced closure, with three in 10 stating they had lost employees as a result. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-construction-firms-have-fallen-victim-to-fraud-over-the-last-year-survey-reveals-05181 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-construction-firms-have-fallen-victim-to-fraud-over-the-last-year-survey-reveals-05181 A quarter of construction professionals believe 'better career advice in schools' would help fix the skills shortage gap facing the sector, according to survey A quarter of construction professionals believe 'better career advice in schools' would help fix the skills shortage gap facing the sector: A survey of people working in the construction industry has revealed that around a quarter of respondents (26%) believe that the number one solution to addressing the current skills shortage is to offer better career advice to students, in order to paint a better picture of the industry and its opportunities. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-construction-professionals-believe-better-career-advice-in-schools-would-help-fix-the-skills-shortage-gap-facing-the-sector-according-to-survey-05207 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-quarter-of-construction-professionals-believe-better-career-advice-in-schools-would-help-fix-the-skills-shortage-gap-facing-the-sector-according-to-survey-05207 Supply delays fall by 13 percentage points for construction firms, finds survey Supply delays fall by 13 percentage points for construction firms, finds survey: A report by IHS Markit, has uncovered a decrease in the number of supplier delays in the construction sector, from 47% in November (2021) to 34% in December (2021). http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Supply-delays-fall-by-13-percentage-points-for-construction-firms-finds-survey-05049 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Supply-delays-fall-by-13-percentage-points-for-construction-firms-finds-survey-05049 Just 9% of construction professionals always incorporate project data into decision making, finds poll Just 9% of construction professionals always incorporate project data into decision making: A survey of construction professionals in Europe has revealed that fewer than one in 10 always use project data when making business decisions, while 64% incorporate project data some of the time, rarely or never. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Just-9percent-of-construction-professionals-always-incorporate-project-data-into-decision-making-finds-poll-04940 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Just-9percent-of-construction-professionals-always-incorporate-project-data-into-decision-making-finds-poll-04940 Cost constraints of projects is most cited barrier to delivering sustainable buildings, finds survey of architects Cost constraints of projects is most cited barrier to delivering sustainable buildings: A survey of architects has found that the barrier cited the most when it comes to the delivery of sustainable buildings was 'project cost constraints', with 72% saying it was an issue. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Cost-constraints-of-projects-is-most-cited-barrier-to-delivering-sustainable-buildings-finds-survey-of-architects-04982 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Cost-constraints-of-projects-is-most-cited-barrier-to-delivering-sustainable-buildings-finds-survey-of-architects-04982 94% of small and medium-sized businesses report planning permission delays as a major obstacle to housebuilding, according to poll 94% of small and medium-sized businesses report planning permission delays as a major obstacle to new housebuilding: A recent survey by the Home Builder's Federation, Close Brothers Property Finance and Travis Perkins has uncovered that 94% of small and medium-sized businesses cited delays in getting planning permission as a major problem in developing new homes. The study polled construction firms at the end of 2021 to find out more about the industry and the challenges faced by firms of all sizes. The survey also elicited that the number of firms employing apprentices has increased by almost a third (33% in the 2020 survey to 60% in 2021). When looking into the differences between the geographic locations in the UK, it was found that northern construction firms report the most apprenticeship programmes, with 88% saying they employ apprentice workers. Furthermore, it was uncovered that most firms in the Midlands and in the South, also employ apprentices with 59% and 52% saying so respectively. When asked about other factors that are stopping the Government's proposed 300,000 new homes each year, 59% said worker shortages and rising wages were an issue. The construction industry as a whole, highlighted a decrease of eastern European workers as a result of Brexit, bringing increases in wages. In addition, the rising cost of materials such as bricks, timber and cement was cited as a concern by 78% of housebuilders, up from one in five in 2020. It is estimated that, in the UK, around 800,000 people work in the homebuilding industry; either within the planning, design or building of the property. Frank Pennal: chief executive of Close Brother's Property Finance, said: 'The combined challenge of both labour and material shortages, rising costs and planning delays are a serious risk to the delivery of new homes across the UK. Developing homes takes months and years and while some of these issues might only be short term, they risk leaving a lasting legacy on the provision of new homes.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/94percent-of-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-report-planning-permission-delays-as-a-major-obstacle-to-housebuilding-according-to-poll-05036 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/94percent-of-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-report-planning-permission-delays-as-a-major-obstacle-to-housebuilding-according-to-poll-05036 Three in 10 construction professionals say that half of their data was 'bad' in 2020, according to survey Three in 10 construction professionals say that half of their data was 'bad' in 2020: A survey of construction professionals has found that 30% reported that more than half of their data in 2020 was incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent, resulting in them being unable to use it for reliable insights. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Three-in-10-construction-professionals-say-that-half-of-their-data-was-bad-in-2020-according-to-survey-04939 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Three-in-10-construction-professionals-say-that-half-of-their-data-was-bad-in-2020-according-to-survey-04939 93% of Federation of Master Builders members have experienced an increase in the cost of materials, finds survey 93% of Federation of Master Builders members have experienced an increase in the cost of materials: A survey carried out by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) of its members has found that the overwhelming majority (93%) have seen price hikes when it comes to materials needed for projects in the first quarter of 2021 (January - March). This is up from 82% in the last quarter of 2020, The latest FMB State of Trade Survey which is carried out quarterly among FMB members also found that shortages of tradespeople is also a key issue for the industry, with 38% of builders finding it difficult to hire bricklayers - up from 22% in the last quarter of 2020. More than a third (34%) said that they are having trouble contracting carpenters for projects, which has risen from 23% in Q4 2020. Shortages were noted in almost all of the key trades found the survey, with members reporting difficulty hiring general labourers (up 10%) and plasterers (up 9%). At the same time as the industry faces shortages, the survey revealed that enquiries have increased at their fastest rate in more than ten years, with 70% of members reporting an increase. More than half the members polled (55%) said they have also seen greater workloads in the first part of 2021, compared to the final quarter of 2020. The research also found that more FMB members reported an increase in the price builders charge for work to be carried out in Q1 2021, compared to Q4 2020 (66% up from 29%). This is due to rising workloads as well as increases in wages and salaries and rising building costs. It was also revealed that in light of this, some respondents reported they are being undercut on price by rogue traders. The survey was completed by 215 FMB members between 31 March and 21 April 2021. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/93percent-of-Federation-of-Master-Builders-members-have-experienced-an-increase-in-the-cost-of-materials-finds-survey-04911 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/93percent-of-Federation-of-Master-Builders-members-have-experienced-an-increase-in-the-cost-of-materials-finds-survey-04911