In January 2015, the business prospects remains deteriorated in the building craft sectorQuarterly survey of the building crafts sector - January 2015

According to the business managers surveyed in January 2015, the economic outlook climate stays very deteriorated in the building crafts sector.

According to the business managers surveyed in January 2015, the economic outlook climate stays very deteriorated in the building crafts sector.

Activity is considered deteriorated

In January 2015, more building craftsmen than in October 2014 indicate a fall in their activity in the recent period. As in October, they stay pessimistic about their expected activity for the next few months. The corresponding balances of opinion are well below their long-term average.

The craftsmen’s opinion on the overall change in their sector remains very negative, with a balance far below its long-term average.

Increased pessimism about workforce

More craftsmen than in October declare a fall in their staff size in the recent period and for the next few months. The corresponding balances of opinion are below their long-term average.

Less than one out of three companies has recruiting problems

Recruiting problems have concerned a few less than one firm out of three. This proportion remains inferior to its long-term average. The rate of businesses training apprentices has increased slightly at 37%, towards its long-term average (38%).

tableau1 – Building crafts sector economic outlook

Balances of opinion, in %, SA
Building crafts sector economic outlook
Mean* April 14 July 14 Oct. 14 Jan. 15
Past activity –5 –25 –29 –26 –33
Expected activity –9 –26 –27 –36 –36
General business outlook –21 –39 –43 –50 –51
Past employment –3 –10 –10 –7 –14
Expected employment –4 –10 –12 –12 –15
Recruiting problems (in %) 42 32 28 30 30
Apprentice training (in %) 38 39 36 35 37
  • * Mean since October 1990.
  • Source: French business survey, building crafts sector - Insee

Activity – Activity tendency in the building crafts sector