All recession articles – Page 2

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    New KPIs show construction is getting more dangerous


    Why do the latest construction safety Key Performance Indicators show construction has become more dangerous as the recession has bitten?

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    Latest construction forecasts suggest there is more to fear than hope for


    The latest round of forecasting by construction experts paints a picture little changed from three months ago with little hope of significant growth, much uncertainty and the risks to growth heavily weighted on the down side. The general pattern they expect can be seen from the graph (right). It shows ...

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    It’s a double-dip recession for construction, if the statisticians’ first stab at growth is right


    Construction has fallen into a double-dip recession – that is if the preliminary estimates by the statisticians putting together the first quarter 2010 gross domestic product figures are to be believed. The preliminary GDP figures put growth at a pallid 0.2% for the economy as a whole. This low level ...

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    High time: topping out of the Heron Tower


    “This event is quite something,” said one guest at the topping out of the Heron Tower yesterday. “You don’t get many of these ceremonies done like this. Or with this many guests. But then look around. You would know that this was a [Gerald] Ronson event wouldn’t you?” I have ...

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    Local builders still deep in recession says latest FMB survey


    Evidence that construction is still far from free from the grip of recession has come from the FMB , the trade body that represents many of Britain’s local builders. The survey results show a market that remained in rapid retreat during the first quarter of this year. There is some ...

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    Why construction firms must recruit financial engineers


    Financial engineers – you can be forgiven for holding them in total contempt. The finger of guilt for the recession ravaging construction firms points witheringly in their direction. But, galling as it might seem, construction now needs financial engineers more than it needs civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineers. The ...

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    Half a million construction jobs to go – it looks like a dead cert


    Construction has now lost 213,000 jobs since the recession started to kick in the autumn of 2008, according to the latest figures . That is about 10% of the workforce. That sounds like a lot and it is. But given the severity of the fall in construction workload to date ...

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    Official figures show construction output falling again, but devils lurk in the detail


    Construction output slumped back into decline in the final quarter of 2009, after a supposed rise out of recession in summer. That is the headline story from today’s release of the construction output figures . But dig a bit deeper and we see some unsettling implications in the numbers. Firstly ...

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    Prepare for a double dip in construction growth – the implication of today’s GDP figures


    The UK is coming out faster from recession than we thought. But the hole was deeper. That seems to be the message from the statisticians’ latest stab at the nation’s output . The increase in fourth quarter GPD was revised upward from 0.1% to 0.3%, which will cheer many not ...

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    Fewer redundancy in construction, but the future remains bleak on jobs


    For the optimists in the construction industry there is much hope to be gleaned from the latest employment figures . Equally for the pessimists there is plenty within the numbers to fret about. So what should we make of the latest batch of labour market numbers that, among other things, ...

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    Annual orders figures reveal extent of construction freefall – a £17 billion drop in two years


    The recession has ripped away from construction roughly £17 billion in annual new orders, despite £ billions more public sector sponsored work. That’s the clear message to me from the annual tot up of the new orders won by contractors released today. Forget the niceties of which sector is ...

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    Was it just the cold or is it a relapse?


    There are plenty of people, “experts” indeed, who fully expect a double-dip recession for both the economy and, for that matter, house prices. For them the data emerging for January’s performance appears to be, albeit gently, vindicating their position. They will no doubt seize with alacrity the retail figures from ...

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    Will we see the return of mobile classrooms, or can construction firms find a better solution?


    In a chat yesterday it was suggested I should make a note of the rapid increase in the number of babies being born and the implications for construction, or not as the case may be. This chimed with me, as I had recently been told that they will need two ...

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    We’re still in recession says CIPS, despite official figures showing construction output growth


    Here’s a question I ponder quite a bit. Why do the official figures show that construction grew in the second and third quarters of last year when to everyone else construction has remained mired in the slough of a nasty recession? Puzzling isn’t it. Even more puzzling that the estimates ...

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    Is an inaccurate measure of foreign workers messing up the construction data?


    Here’s a couple of graphs for stat-spotters I thought worth placing together. For some while there has been unease about both the workforce jobs figures and the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector figures in the official construction output statistics. The two sets of data are linked and there's been ...

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    Brighter outlook from forecasters, but severe risks remain


    The forecasts from Hewes Associates and Leading Edge sit interestingly against the other winter forecasts for construction output released over the past couple of weeks. They seem to back up the mood among other forecasters that construction workload might not fall as much was feared in the middle ...

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    Mum: Are we out of recession yet?


    You could feel the uneasiness among economists yesterday when the release of official statistics showed that the UK had just scraped enough oomph together in the final quarter of last year to stage a lacklustre return to growth. Most economists had expected the no-growth bar to be cleared by some ...

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    Why the forecast of a shallower recession is bad news for contractors


    The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association suggests that the drop in future workload will not be as large as the forecasters had previously thought. The graph opposite compares the past three Construction Products Association forecasts. It clearly shows that with each progressive quarterly forecast the expected hole in ...

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    Does the whole GDP debate really rest on dodgy construction output figures?


    It has long been said that construction is an important bellwether in determining the shape of the nation’s economic progress. Today the performance of construction, or rather revisions to its measured performance, seemingly determined how close the UK is to recovery. The upwardly revised construction data put the nation yet ...

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    Are we witnessing an upswing in construction output? In a word: No


    So its official – the construction recession isn’t as bad as we thought. And the even better news is that the sharp fall in output at the start of this year wasn’t anywhere near as sharp as last quarter’s figures had suggested. That at least is how the national statisticians ...