The survey suggests that employment in this sector was down once again in the last three months of 2012, sparking concerns that escalating wages, salaries and production costs are still going to have a largely negative impact on the industry as a whole. The FMB have warned that this year could be yet another bleak one for builders and labourers as nearly a third of members surveyed for the study confessed they are currently facing difficult decisions with regards to staff and pay cuts.
As a company that likes to keep up to date with the latest research and developments in the construction and home improvement sectors, Green Apple Flooring believe that the report could have a damaging effect on the morale of SMEs in this industry.
“The property market in the UK is volatile at best. The last few years have been such an economical challenge and statistics such as these don’t reassure businesses that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he states. “This applies to both enterprises that are directly involved in the construction sector and manufacturers and retailers further down the chain, such as Green Apple.
“The success of some of the biggest construction firms in the country can have an almost immeasurable impact on the home improvement sector if these companies need to raise their prices in order to continue to be profitable. If these extra costs may need to be picked up by the end consumer, retailers could notice a negative impact on sales, as buyers will have less money to spend on refining their new home. We just hope that the industry bucks the negative trend this year and starts to overcome the many challenges it has faced for some time now.”
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