The lead up to any general election can cause economic uncertainty. But, it appears activity in the construction sector is anything but uncertain.

Earlier this year, the Construction Products Association (CPA) published the Construction Trade Survey which reported that at the end of 2014, construction activity had risen for the seventh successive quarter. In a separate report, but on a similarly positive note, the CPA said output is forecast to increase by 5.3% in 2015, with office construction expected to rise by 8% this year.

Looking ahead, research conducted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts four years of growth for the construction sector throughout the whole of the UK.

Steve Radley, CITB’s director of policy and strategic planning, said: “Our Construction Skills Network forecast shows that construction is experiencing a major comeback – with a sustained period of growth set to make a positive impact on the wider economy.”

However, there’s that evidence improvements in the construction industry and UK economy as a whole are being hampered by skills shortages – a major concern for the Building and Engineering Services Association. In its manifesto for the next government after the May 2015 election, it says it wants to see a return to pre-recession training levels within three years. Therefore, with demand for housing and commercial space set to soar over the next few years, it’s vital that the volume of skilled trade workers increases accordingly.

Nevertheless, the CITB has predicted that the increasing demand for construction output will in turn have a positive impact on job creation. It says it expects more than 200,000 construction roles to be created by 2019.

Steve Radley said: “Leisure, infrastructure and housing are all driving growth, but this brings with it new challenges in meeting skills demand. Employers will need to pull every lever available to them to meet the skills challenge they face but government can play a vital role in giving them the confidence to invest in training for the long-term.”

As Britain’s leading building products manufacturer, Steadmans is encouraged by the latest construction figures and hopes that the next government introduces measures to ensure jobs are created and the demand is met. Despite all of this, Steadmans believes that it’s vital to maintain high standards in order to achieve customer satisfaction.

In order to minimise site delays and help maintain momentum in the construction sector, Steadmans does everything in its power to ensure its products are within its exacting production tolerances. It has complete quality control over the manufacture and supply of its roofing and cladding products. Not only does it source the very best materials for use in its production processes, it also carries out regular quality checks within the manufacturing cycle.

For more information call Steadmans on 01697 478 277 or email [email protected]