24th July 2019
Latest planning performance figures ‘encouraging’ but decisions ‘still taking far too long’ – SBF
Leading Scottish construction industry trade body the Scottish Building Federation has commented on the latest annual planning performance statistics for Scotland, published this week by Scotland’s chief statistician. The SBF press release is available here. The associated press coverage is available here.
11th June 2019
Scottish construction employment hits 2 year low as industry output falls by more than £1bn
Overall performance of the Scottish construction industry deteriorated during the first quarter of 2019, recording an annual decline of more than £1 billion as employment within the sector dropped by 8,000 to reach its lowest level since June 2017. The SBF press release is available here. The associated press coverage is available here.
15th January 2018
Carillion liquidation: Scottish builders urge Scottish Government to ‘learn lessons’ on procurement
The Scottish Building Federation has responded to reports that giant construction contractor Carillion has gone into liquidation by urging the Scottish Government to ensure that appropriate lessons are learned for future decisions on the procurement of large scale construction projects. The SBF press release is available here. The associated press coverage is available here and SBF President interivew on BBC Newsdrive here.
19th December 2017
Scottish builders urge procurement reform to deliver affordable housing target
Without reforms to housing procurement, the Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021 – and by focusing on price, current procurement practices will not deliver the mix and quality of housing Scotland needs for the future. The SBF press release is available here and the associated press coverage is available here.
11th December 2017
Industry groups press for SME voice in picking CITB chair
The Scottish Builinding federeation co-signed a letter voicing disapproval of the selection process for the next chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The associated press coverage is available here.
7th October 2017
Hazards of a Skills Clash
The Scottish Building Federation featured prominently in a special construction supplement in The Herald commenting on the rejection of CITB's levy proposals and CITB's deregulation of craft apprenticeships. The full article is available here.
29th September 2017
Scottish Construction Bodies Reject CITB's Levy Proposals
Members of the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) have both voted overwhelmingly to reject the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) proposals to continue to raise the construction industry training levy. The full SBF Press Release is available here.
1st September 2017
Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy
The Scottish Building Federation, together with the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF), the only three Scottish Consensus Federations, are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The SBF Press Release is available here.
24th July 2017
Scottish builders’ confidence declines as fears over future work pipeline grow
The confidence of employers in the Scottish construction industry has taken a hit as fears over future work prospects grow. This is a key conclusion of the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of the Scottish Building Federation which represents hundreds of building companies located throughout Scotland, from Orkney to the Borders. The SBF Press Release is available here.
13th July 2017
Scottish builders ‘increasingly concerned’ by planned new craft apprenticeship framework
Scottish construction employers are becoming increasingly concerned by plans to introduce a new framework governing how apprentices working in the industry’s traditional craft trades are trained and employed. The warning has been issued by a coalition of industry employers, trade associations and trade unions as plans to introduce the new framework from the start of the 2017-18 academic year look likely to go ahead despite an absence of meaningful consultation. The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is available here.
27th March 2017
Scottish builders plead for ‘greater certainty’ as industry confidence holds steady again
Scottish construction industry confidence has remained steady at PLUS 2 for a third consecutive quarter according to the latest in a quarterly series of industry employer surveys. The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.
15th March 2017
Scottish construction employment closes 2016 at 3-year high
Employment in the Scottish construction industry closed 2016 at 181,000, an annual rise of 7% or 12,000 and the highest number employed within the sector since December 2013.The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.
10th March 2017
£14.5 billion output from Scottish construction in 2016
New official figures from the Office for National Statistics, issued today (10th March), show the Scottish construction industry generated total output of £14.5 billion last year, a modest decline on record output of £14.7 billion during 2015.The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.
20th December 2016
Scottish builders’ confidence holds steady as rethink urged on abolition of apprentice skills test
Confidence amongst Scottish construction employers has held steady at PLUS 2 during the last three months of 2016, the same level recorded during the previous quarter. The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.
9th December 2016
Private sector keeps Scottish construction buoyant after Brexit vote
Output from the Scottish construction sector seems to have remained buoyant during the three months immediately following the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union, new official figures suggest. The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.