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June 22 2011

Building industry queries government claims of a construction boom
Scottish Government statistics claiming a 10% rise in employment within the construction sector over the past year have been questioned by the Scottish Building Federation.

The Federation highlighted stats from the UK Insolvency Service which showed a 66% rise in Scottish building firms going bankrupt as 154 construction firms went bust.

Struggling to reconcile these conflicting figures Michael levack of the Scottish Building Federation said: “The Scottish Government has done good work to support the construction industry in recent times by transferring funds to the capital heading of the Scottish budget for investment in major construction projects.

“But I genuinely struggle to reconcile an apparent boom in construction industry employment over the past 12 months with the reality many of our members are facing.

“The figures just don’t add up.”

5 Comments

Carlo M
#1 Posted by Carlo M on 22 Jun 2011 at 13:54 PM
Congratulations, at last an organisation willing to stick its head above the parapet. It's bloody awful, no sign of recovery, architects stiffing each other, rediculous PQQ and ITT processes to get through, RIAS totally useless.
FM
#2 Posted by FM on 22 Jun 2011 at 14:14 PM
mmm...It would be interesting to use the anonimity of this site for people to post how things really are, workwise, rather than abuse?
The Bairn
#3 Posted by The Bairn on 22 Jun 2011 at 14:15 PM
Yes very well said, SNP spin as usual - shame on all those idiots who voted for Salmond. Wait until the increased borrowing powers mean additional local tax burden, separation from the Union will lead us to the abyss just like Ireland - llike many others I still wait for the increased job vacancies to appear.
FM
#4 Posted by FM on 22 Jun 2011 at 14:21 PM
I'm not saying you don't have a point Bairn but without indulging in party politics, this is not The Scotsman website.

How is it, how much work do yo really have on the books, how much are you spending on Post Qualifiction Questionaires, are you having any success, have you been made redundant, are you making people redundant, are there too many architects, what are the prospects?
Carlo M
#5 Posted by Carlo M on 22 Jun 2011 at 16:35 PM
I guess no one is interested FW. I was made redundant from a well known glasgow practice last year. One of a number. Since then I have tried to start on my own without much success, working together with some friends on a shared basis. It is exhausting and a complete waste of time to fill in PQQ's.

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