Monday, 7 April 2014

Optimism for UK construction is higher than at any time in the last 7 years

The growth shown in housebuilding significantly contributed in helping UK's construction firms to maintain a very positive rate of expansion during March and optimism about the months ahead is now at its highest level in more than seven years, accordingly to a report issued last week.

The Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), a survey of 170 construction companies, although edging very marginally down to 62.5 in March from 62.6 in February, it is still way above the 50 figure that denotes growth and has been for some time now.

The survey showed Britain's builders in an exuberant mood with optimism rising to its highest level since January 2007 and firms hiring staff at the fastest pace in four months. This is fantastic news for manufacturers and merchants of construction products.

Britain's construction industry has been on the road to recovery since last year thanks to a combination of record low interest rates, government programmes to encourage people to buy new homes and falling unemployment. In the budget, last month, the government announced that it would extend until the end of the decade the Help to Buy programme designed to encourage the purchase of new homes.

Housebuilders saw reported a fast of expansion after bad weather of January and February, although this had boosted the civil engineering sector with flood relief projects.

"The rise in residential construction was one of the sharpest experienced over the past 10 years, helped by resurgent demand of development programmes and supportive funding conditions," said Tim Moore, senior economist at survey compiler Markit.

However, supplies such as bricks and staff as still hard to find and are in short supply as the industry enters the busy Spring and early Summer period.

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