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May 2019

Rotary Piling lead times remain at 7 weeks with no change reported. Pre-cast Piling lead time remains at 4 weeks, workload and enquiry levels over the next six months remains the same therefore no change in lead time are expected.

Concrete Works lead times remains at 10 weeks; contractor’s enquiry levels remain static. There are still concerns regarding the impact of Brexit on availability of labour, but contractors do not anticipate this impacting on their lead times over the next six months.

Structural Steel Frames lead times remain at 15 weeks and with workload and order levels unchanged they are forecast to remain the same for the next 6 months.

Cladding - Natural Material lead time remain at 39 weeks, workload and enquiries remain at a consistent level with no change forecast for the for the next 6 months.

Cladding – metal panellised system Lead times remain at 50 weeks with some companies reporting increased workload and enquiry levels. They anticipate this could lead to increases in lead times in the next six months.

Cladding – curtain walling system lead times remain at 60 weeks, although companies are generally busier and have more enquiries, they do not anticipate lead times changing in the next six months.

Roof Finishes – asphalt / membrane lead times remain at 7 weeks. With enquiries and workload remaining consistent, contractors do not anticipate lead times changing in the next 6 months.

Roof Finish - profiled metal lead times remain at 15 weeks. Workload and enquiries remain the same and therefore no changes in lead times are anticipated in the next six months.

Façade Cleaning Equipment lead times remain at 33 weeks, contractors continue to be busier with increased enquiries compared to six months ago but they do not anticipate any change over the next six months.

Brickwork lead times remain at 11 weeks. Workload and enquiries remain at a consistent level therefore no changes in lead times anticipated over the next six months despite reporting a shortage of good quality bricklayers.

Blockwork lead times remain at 7 weeks, companies do not expect lead times to increase over the next six months with workload and enquiries remaining the same.

Dry lining lead time remain at 13 weeks. No change is anticipated over the next 6 months.

Demountable Partitions lead times remain at 11 weeks with companies reporting consistent workload and enquiry level but a shortage of skilled labour, however no increase in lead times are forecast over the next 6 months.

General Joinery lead times remains at 16 weeks, shortages of labour are reported but no change forecast for lead times in the next six months. Specialist Joinery lead times have increased by a further week to 26 weeks following a one week increase in the last 12 months due to increases in workload and enquiries, companies anticipate further increases in the next six months.

Raised Floors lead times remain at 6 weeks with no changes reported.

Suspended Ceiling lead times remain at 13 weeks with no change reported.

Architectural Metalwork lead time remain at 15 weeks, companies report workload and enquiry levels have stabilised with no change in lead times anticipated in the next six months.

Decorative Wall Covering lead times remain at 4 weeks with no change anticipated in the next six months. Workload and enquiries remain consistent.

Internal Stone Floor and Wall Finish lead times remain at 16 weeks, enquiry levels and workload remain stable, no change in lead times are forecast for the next six months.

Soft Floor Finish lead times remain at 11 weeks. Increase are anticipated over the next 6 months as labour supply becomes an issue.

Passenger Lift non-standard lead times remain at 41 weeks, following an increase of 9 weeks in the last nine months companies are indicating a possible further increase in lead times in the next six months.

Escalator Lead times remain at 19 with no change reported.

Electrical Package lead times remain at 20 weeks, there are signs of an increase in workload and enquiries with some companies forecasting an increase in in lead times over the next 6 months.

Mechanical Packages lead times remain at 25 weeks, following increases the previous six months due to design and manufacture of mechanical equipment. Availability of skilled labour remains a concern. Companies do not anticipate lead times increasing in the next 6 months.

Ductwork the lead times remains at 8 weeks, with workload and enquiry levels remaining static no change is forecast for the next six months despite companies reporting problems in obtaining quality labour.

Sprinklers Lead times remain at 8 weeks; contractors workload remains consistent and they do not forecast an increase in lead times over the next six months.

Security Systems Lead times remain at 6 weeks with no change forecast.

Controls lead times remain at 9 weeks. Enquiry levels and workload remains unchanged, contractors forecast no change in lead times over the coming six months.

IT Infrastructure Equipment lead time remain at 10 weeks

Data and Voice Cabling lead times remain at 13 weeks with no changes forecast.

Fire detection and voice alarm systems lead times remains at 5 weeks, the previously reported slowdown in workload and enquiries continues and contractors anticipate lead times reducing accordingly in the next six months. There is a shortage of skilled labour reported.

Hard landscaping lead times remain at 15 weeks.

Logistics Services lead time remains at 5 weeks; some contractors are experiencing increased enquiry levels but they do not anticipate change in lead times over the next six months.

There continues to be very little change in lead times with only bespoke joinery reporting a small increase of one week. The forecast is generally for little change with workload and enquiry levels remaining static. A shortage of quality skilled labour is a recurring theme reported by many companies.


Data capture and analysis by Mace Business School. For more details on the article and the contributors please visit www.macegroup.com/people/suppliers.