Scottish Building Federation



Scottish construction bodies reject CITB levy proposals

Members of the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) have both voted overwhelmingly to reject the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) proposals to continue to raise the construction industry training levy.

Published 29 September 2017

Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy

Scottish construction industry bodies are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered UK-wide by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Published 1 September 2017

Builders’ confidence declines as fears over future work pipeline grow

The confidence of employers in the Scottish construction industry has taken a hit as fears over future work prospects grow, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor.

Published 24 July 2017

Scottish builders ‘increasingly concerned’ by planned new craft apprenticeship framework

Scottish construction employers are becoming increasingly concerned by plans to introduce a new framework governing how apprentices working in the industry’s traditional craft trades are trained and employed.

Published 12 July 2017

Scottish builders ‘in a state of limbo’ amid political uncertainty

Scottish building contractors continue to be a little more positive about future business prospects though many have warned political uncertainty will be negative for the sector, a survey has revealed.

Published 27 March 2017

Scottish construction employment reaches three-year high

Employment in the Scottish construction industry closed 2016 at 181,000, an annual rise of 7% or 12,000 and the highest number employed within the sector since December 2013.

Published 15 March 2017

Scottish construction output drops slightly to £14.5bn

Scotland’s construction industry generated total output of £14.5 billion last year, a modest decline on record output of £14.7bn during 2015, according to new official figures issued today by the Office for National Statistics.

Published 10 March 2017

Building apprentice numbers rise to seven year high

The number of building apprentices registered in Scotland rose by 6% to 1,778 last year according to new figures from the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC), the body responsible for registering construction apprentices throughout Scotland.

Published 10 March 2017

Builders’ confidence holds steady as rethink urged on abolition of apprentice skills test

Confidence amongst Scottish construction employers has been rated positive for the second consecutive quarter, though the vast majority have called for the skills test element of construction apprenticeships to be retained.

Published 21 December 2016

Scottish construction employment falls marginally during three months following Brexit vote

Employment in the Scottish construction industry fell by 1,000 to 173,000 during the third quarter of 2016, new official figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest.

Published 15 December 2016

Private sector keeps Scottish construction buoyant after Brexit vote

Output from the Scottish construction sector seems to have remained buoyant during the three months immediately following the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union, new official figures suggest.

Published 9 December 2016

Three Scottish projects benefit from CITB funding

Three construction work experience and pre-employment programmes in Scotland have been successful in receiving financial assistance from the latest round of CITB funding.

Published 29 November 2016

Builders warn of artificial supply cost rises as confidence rebounds

Confidence among Scottish construction employers improved marginally in the three months to the end of September though concerns have been raised over the impact on supply costs following the Brexit vote.

Published 17 October 2016

SBF calls for housing and industrial focus for economic stimulus plan

The new economic stimulus package unveiled by the Scottish Government should prioritise housing as well as commercial and industrial projects, the Scottish Building Federation has said.

Published 10 August 2016

Scottish builders' confidence slumps to three year low in wake of Brexit vote

Confidence amongst Scottish construction employers has fallen by 22 points to minus 19.

Published 30 June 2016