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For more than 30 years, the FMB's State of Trade Survey has monitored key indicators and predicted future short-term developments in the UK construction industry. It is the only survey of its kind to focus exclusively on small and medium-sized (SME) firms throughout the construction sector. The survey is dispatched to the entire membership every quarter. The survey for Q3 received 307 responses and they are weighted according to the number of employees.

Key findings from the FMB State of Trade Survey for Q3 2021 include:

  • 82% of builders have delayed jobs due to a lack of materials

  • 60% have pressed pause due to a lack of skilled tradespeople

  • Combined, 89% of builders have faced delays due to either materials or skills shortages

  • 42% can’t get hold of general labourers, up 6% on last quarter

  • 97% of builders are facing material price rises, with 93% expecting this to continue into Q4

Download the latest State of Trade survey below. Previous reports are also available for download.

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