In October 2015, the economic climate has improved in the building crafts sectorQuarterly survey of the building crafts sector - October 2015

According to the business managers surveyed in October 2015, the economic outlook climate in the building crafts sector remains deteriorated.

According to the business managers surveyed in October 2015, the economic outlook climate in the building crafts sector remains deteriorated.

Renewed pessimism about the activity

In October 2015, more building craftsmen than in July declare a fall in their activity in the recent period and, to a lesser extent, for the next three months. The corresponding balances of opinion are well below their long-term average. However, the craftsmen's opinion on the general business outlook in their sector has continued to improve; the corresponding balance remains far below its long-term average.

Craftsmen are less pessimistic about workforce again

Fewer craftsmen than in April declare a fall in their staff size in the recent period and for the next few months. The corresponding balances of opinion, which has increased since the beginning of the year, are close to their long-term average.

Only a quarter of companies has recruiting problems

Recruiting problems have concerned 27% of firms. This proportion has decreased since April and stands well below its long-term average (41%). The rate of businesses training apprentices has increased and has come back to its long-term average (38%).

tableau1 – Building crafts sector economic outlook

Balances of opinion, in %, SA
Building crafts sector economic outlook
Mean* Jan. 15 April 15 July 15 Oct. 15
Past activity –6 –28 –33 –12 –21
Expected activity –9 –32 –31 –19 –21
General business outlook –22 –50 –39 –33 –28
Past employment –4 –24 –21 –9 –5
Expected employment –4 –24 –23 –9 –6
Recruiting problems (in %) 41 38 40 29 27
Apprentice training (in %) 38 45 30 33 38
  • * Mean since October 1990.
  • Source: French business survey, building crafts sector - INSEE

Activity – Activity tendency in the building crafts sector