WORKLOADS in the electrical contracting sector continue to rise and look set to keep growing for the rest of the year.
The latest survey from the Electrical Contractors' Association shows that 37 per cent of member firms saw increased sales in the third quarter of last year.
Only 5 per cent suffered a drop in work and 58 per cent remained static.
In the previous quarter, 23 per cent of firms reported falling sales.
Private industrial and commercial work led the way, with sales up 25 per cent and 36 per cent respectively on the previous quarter.
Thirty-two per cent of contractors said they expected work to increase this year.
ECA director David Pollock said: 'The message for 2000 is one of improvement and optimism. But there are areas for concern,including the need to rid the industry of the cowboy element.'