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Gulf grows for civil engineers

CIVIL engineers are encountering a widening gap in the NorthSouth divide, according to the latest workload figures from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

Firms in Scotland and the North-East and West of England reported a drop in workload and number of employees for April compared with the same period last year.

Order books remain unfilled in the North, while business continues to boom in the South.

CECA national chairman Chris Harding said: 'It is a concern to us that there is a wider North-South divide. Many firms in the North of England and an even higher proportion in Scotland are not sharing in the overall growth in workload and improvement in order books over the past year.'

But confidence among northern firms has not been dented. They believe workloads will rise in the next 12 months.