Scottish civils order books are declining at their slowest rate since the economic downturn began, latest research from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association has revealed.
Results from the Ceca Workload Trends Survey showed one in five Scottish civils firms had better order books than a year ago.
The balance between those with stronger order books and those with weaker ones was -47 in April, but this was improved from -67 in January. It marks the first quarter where the result has improved since July 2008.
Ceca Scotland chief executive Alan Watt said: “These results show that this recession has taken a very deep hold on Scotland’s civil engineering industry. While the rate of decline in workload and employment has slowed, both of these are still reducing and it is too early to speculate on a recovery in 2009.”