Construction sector slumped in May.

05/06/2019.

The construction sector slumped last month. Building activity in the UK dropped in May the third time in four months, according to IHS Markit’s latest survey.

It represented the sharpest decline in construction output since March 2018.

Commercial work remains the weakest performing category with output falling to the greatest extent since September 2017.

The May data also showed a decline in civil engineering activity for the fourth consecutive month. Construction companies cited constrained client budgets and a headwind from domestic political uncertainty or to put it bluntly Brexit.

However Residential building work continued to expand in May, although admittedly at the weakest pace for three months. Higher levels of house building have been recorded in each month since February 2018.

The overall drop resulted in the headcount in the sector falling at its fastest rate in six-and-a-half years with the sharpest drop in workforce numbers since November
2012.

UK construction companies indicated a renewed decline in total business activity during May. Lower volumes of commercial work and civil engineering activity more than offset a modest increase in house building. New orders also decreased across the construction sector, with survey respondents noting that subdued domestic economic
conditions had led to project delays and fewer tender opportunities.

What they said

Tim Moore, Associate Director at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey said “May data reveals another setback for the UK construction sector as output and new orders both declined to the greatest extent since the first quarter of 2018.”

“House building was the only sub-category of construction output to buck the downward trend in May, but growth remained softer than on average in 2018.”

“The soft patch for construction work so far this year has started to impact on staff hiring, with some firms cutting back on expansion plans and others opting
to delay the replacement of voluntary leavers. ”

Duncan Brock at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, which helps to compile the survey, said: “With the continuing uncertainty around Brexit and instabilities in the UK economy, client indecision affected new orders which fell at their fastest since March 2018 and particularly affected commercial activity,”

Howard Archer of the EY Item Club said it was “particularly worrying to see forward-looking indicators largely weaken.”

UK economy ‘close to stagnation’

The UK service sector however hit a three-month high in May, 51.0 from 50.4 in April, according to IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, who cautioned that Brexit and the global slowdown are dragging on growth.

The index came in at 50.9 once the manufacturing and construction industries were added in.

Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, said: “The PMI surveys collectively indicated that the UK economy remained close to stagnation midway through the second quarter.” Analysts believe the economy will grow by 0.2% in the second quarter of the year, notes the Telegraph, down from 0.5% in the first quarter.

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