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UK construction experiences its fastest rate of expansion in 14 months

30th August 2018

The construction industry is rapidly expanding according to Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which found that in July the PMI increased to 55.8 from 53.1 in the previous month, going against predictions that it would reveal a slight slowdown.

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The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is an economic indicator that is released on a monthly basis, produced from the surveys of private sector companies covering five main topics: new customer orders, speed of supplier deliveries, inventory, order backlog and the level of employment within the business.

July’s PMI was in fact the biggest increase in over a year for the industry, and with housebuilding and employment within the sector at its highest rate since late 2015, economists have called this an ‘impressive turnaround’.

This is an extremely positive step for the construction industry, which suffered from a lacklustre start to 2018 due to poor weather conditions hindering a significant proportion of construction work on projects across the UK. The Beast from the East in particular meant that the construction industry suffered an estimated £2 billion loss as a result of the freezing temperatures halting work.

For the scaffolding industry, this expansion is an indication of a great start to the Autumn months as projects, particularly housebuilding, present numerous opportunities for scaffolding businesses across the UK.

Recently announced initiatives such as the Bytes and Mortar sector deal will also boost the industry as the government invests £420 million into innovation in digital design and off-site manufacturing, specifically for construction.