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Building industry in our focus

The fortunes of the UK construction industry could be on the turn. Of course, seasonally this is the time of the year when activity usually picks up. However, as the incessant rain in 2012 proved, better weather during the summer months can no longer be guaranteed.
Building and construction has been going through a tough time. Figures for April produced by the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) show a continuation of the decline in activity for the sixth month on the trot. However, if you dig a little deeper, April’s fall was only marginal – the smallest since October.
“According to CIPS, evidence from their respondents shows a degree of optimism for the rest of the year,” says Driver Hire’s Chief Executive, Chris Chidley.  “Indeed the majority are anticipating a rise in activity. That’s why over the next month we’re targeting plant and tool hire companies as we’re expecting an increase in demand for staff.
“Using temporary staff from Driver Hire is the perfect way to create the kind of flexible, cost-efficient workforce needed to cope with the current economic conditions,” Chris continues. “If things get busy, you simply call us to organise some more staff. If it quietens down, it’s equally easy to call and tell us they’re no longer needed.”

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