Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsTue, 21 Sep 2021 20:29:49 BST 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 17% more graduates expected to be taken on in the construction industry this year, reveals survey 17% more graduates expected to be taken on in the construction industry this year: A recent poll has revealed that the construction industry predicts the number of graduates being taken on in September this year (2021) will rise by 17% on last year's findings. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/17percent-more-graduates-expected-to-be-taken-on-in-the-construction-industry-this-year-reveals-survey-04883 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/17percent-more-graduates-expected-to-be-taken-on-in-the-construction-industry-this-year-reveals-survey-04883 Seven out of 10 construction firms not ready for changes to IR35 legislation, reveals survey Seven out of 10 construction firms not ready for changes to IR35 legislation: A survey of medium and large construction firms has revealed that around 70% are not 'fully prepared' for changes to the IR35 tax legislation, which will come into effect in April 2021. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Seven-out-of-10-construction-firms-not-ready-for-changes-to-IR35-legislation-reveals-survey-04766 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Seven-out-of-10-construction-firms-not-ready-for-changes-to-IR35-legislation-reveals-survey-04766 41% of construction firms looking to increase skills of British workers, reveals survey 41% of construction firms looking increase skills of British workers: A survey of construction firms in the UK has found that two-fifths are looking to increase the skills of their British workers, following Brexit and Covid-19, with a third saying that they are expecting to provide more roles for UK workers. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/41percent-of-construction-firms-looking-to-increase-skills-of-British-workers-reveals-survey-04792 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/41percent-of-construction-firms-looking-to-increase-skills-of-British-workers-reveals-survey-04792 Payment practices in the construction industry are not getting better, according to poll Payment practices in the construction industry are not getting better: A survey by Construction News and Oracle Construction and Engineering has found that payment practices are not getting better within the industry, with more than three-quarters of respondents (77%) saying that they have stayed the same or have got worse. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Payment-practices-in-the-construction-industry-are-not-getting-better-according-to-poll-04817 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Payment-practices-in-the-construction-industry-are-not-getting-better-according-to-poll-04817 ‘Time’ and ‘cost’ revealed to be leading causes of conflict in international construction projects, according to research 'Time' and 'cost' revealed to be leading causes of conflict in international construction projects: A global survey of more than 50 construction and legal executives has found that 100% of survey participants feel that risk management on global projects could be improved, with more than three-quarters (76%) citing key factors of conflict being either 'time' or 'cost'. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Time-and-cost-revealed-to-be-leading-causes-of-conflict-in-international-construction-projects-according-to-research-04655 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Time-and-cost-revealed-to-be-leading-causes-of-conflict-in-international-construction-projects-according-to-research-04655 Survey reveals 54% of construction companies still recruiting as sector shows signs of recovery Survey reveals 54% of construction companies still recruiting as sector shows signs of recovery: A survey of construction workers and bosses has found that as the sector shows signs of recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown, more than half the companies polled are seeking new talent. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-54percent-of-construction-companies-still-recruiting-as-sector-shows-signs-of-recovery-04673 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-reveals-54percent-of-construction-companies-still-recruiting-as-sector-shows-signs-of-recovery-04673 Two-thirds of construction companies have used new technology during lockdown, according to survey Two-thirds of construction companies have used new technology during lockdown: A survey of construction middle managers has found that almost two-thirds (66%) have rolled out some form of new technology within their organisation since the onset of COVID-19 and nationwide lockdown. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Two-thirds-of-construction-companies-have-used-new-technology-during-lockdown-according-to-survey-04659 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Two-thirds-of-construction-companies-have-used-new-technology-during-lockdown-according-to-survey-04659 Survey of construction workers reveals insight into impact of COVID-19, with 55% saying governnment interventions have made situation worse Survey of construction workers reveals insight into impact of COVID-19, with 55% saying governnment interventions have made situation worse for industry: A survey of construction workers has revealed insight into how they feel the coronavirus crisis is impacting the industry. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-of-construction-workers-reveals-insight-into-impact-of-COVID-19-with-55percent-saying-governnment-interventions-have-made-situation-worse-04603 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-of-construction-workers-reveals-insight-into-impact-of-COVID-19-with-55percent-saying-governnment-interventions-have-made-situation-worse-04603 42% of Timber Trade Federation members say COVID-19 is a high threat to their business, according to survey 42% of Timber Trade Federation members say COVID-19 is a high threat to their business: A survey of Timber Trade Federation (TTF) members has found that around two-fifths (42%) believe that the COVID-19 outbreak is a 'high' threat to their business, with a quarter (26%) believing it to be a 'moderate' threat. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/42percent-of-Timber-Trade-Federation-members-say-COVID-19-is-a-high-threat-to-their-business-according-to-survey-04591 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/42percent-of-Timber-Trade-Federation-members-say-COVID-19-is-a-high-threat-to-their-business-according-to-survey-04591 93% of construction industry workers are concerned about their company's financial position due to COVID-19 93% of construction industry workers are concerned about their company's financial position due to COVID-19: A survey of people working in the construction industry has found that more than nine in ten (93%) are fearful that the coronavirus pandemic could cause insolvency for their firms. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/93percent-of-construction-industry-workers-are-concerned-about-their-companys-financial-position-due-to-COVID-19-04579 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/93percent-of-construction-industry-workers-are-concerned-about-their-companys-financial-position-due-to-COVID-19-04579 Construction professionals asked about their hopes for new construction minister in industry poll Construction professionals asked about their hopes for new construction minister in industry poll: A new survey of 900 construction professionals asked respondents to outline their top request to the new construction minister, Nadhim Zahawi and to the government, ahead of an industry event, which the MP would be attending. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Construction-professionals-asked-about-their-hopes-for-new-construction-minister-in-industry-poll-04470 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Construction-professionals-asked-about-their-hopes-for-new-construction-minister-in-industry-poll-04470 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