The economic climate stays deteriorated in the building crafts sector, in April 2014Quarterly survey of the building crafts sector - April 2014

According to the business managers surveyed in April 2014, economic outlook climate stays deteriorated in the building crafts sector.

According to the business managers surveyed in April 2014, economic outlook climate stays deteriorated in the building crafts sector.

Activity stays sluggish

In April 2014, more craftsmen than in January indicate a decrease in their past activity. Conversely, fewer craftsmen indicate a fall in their expected activity. The corresponding balances of opinion stay significantly below their long-term average.

The general business outlook, which expresses the craftsmen’s opinion on the overall change in the sector, is stable and the corresponding balance of opinion remains below its long-term average.

Fewer craftmen indicate job losses

Fewer craftsmen than in January indicate job losses in the recent period and for the next few months. The corresponding balances of opinion remain below their long-term average.

Recruiting problems are stable

Recruiting problems concerned around one firm out of three. This proportion remains inferior to its long-term average. The rate of businesses training apprentices is almost stable at 39 %.

Activity – Activity tendency in the building crafts sector

tableau1 – Building crafts sector economic outlook

Balances of opinion, in %, SA
Building crafts sector economic outlook
Mean* July 13 Oct. 13 Jan. 14 April 14
Past activity –4 –29 –26 –21 –25
Expected activity –8 –28 –24 –30 –25
General business outlook –20 –50 –36 –37 –37
Past employment –3 –11 –14 –12 –9
Expected employment –3 –14 –8 –14 –9
Recruiting problems (in %) 42 30 28 33 32
Apprentice training (in %) 38 39 36 38 39
  • * Mean since October 1990.
  • Source: French business survey, building crafts sector - Insee