Thursday, 17 April 2014

Tip: Construction will be up

It's happened pretty suddenly, but it looks as though construction has not only turned the corner but may be in danger of overheating. Subbies are getting booked out and can start to pick and choose their contracts, the multi-consultancy firms are packing extra desks into their down-sized offices and even site labourers are getting several texts a day from their agencies for 'immediate start' jobs. No-one wants a repeat of the boom of the 80s, when construction cost inflation was so great that price escalation clauses were needed even on short contracts and you could often get through three site managers in the course of a job, as they jumped from site to site for an extra £100 a week each time. 

It may be a London thing, but I suspect the next set of economic stats out in a month or so will show the construction upturn. Anyway, it means I'm busier than usual, which isn't entirely welcome. Ho hum. I wonder what Ukrainian brickies are like? 

6 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

Not just brickies and not just Ukrainian ones.

It will suck in tens of thousands from across Eastern Europe ....

Mike Spilligan said...

Ukrainian brickies? You've got a choice: quick but slap-dash; accurate but slow.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

It's not just a London thing.

Glasgow looks the same, and it's not just Commonwealth Games work.

English Pensioner said...

I had a new conservatory built. The groundwork and the bricklaying were done by an Irish Brickie with a Romanian Labourer. I must admit that I've never seen anyone work so hard as the Romanian in digging the foundations, and shifting the bricks and cement.

Anonymous said...

"It's happened pretty suddenly, but it looks as though construction has not only turned the corner but may be in danger of overheating."

Oh, look there is an general election looming. What a coincidence.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are just trying to clear the backlog after a miserable winter.