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Scottish construction confidence at record high

New research shows confidence in the Scottish construction sector is at a record high. A survey carried out by the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) found 55.8 per cent of respondents are more optimistic regarding their prospects for the next 12 months. This figure was only 42.1 per cent at the same point last year, the BBC reports.This is the highest level of confidence ever recorded by the organisation and represents the sixth quarter in succession that the industry has become increasingly hopeful about its fortunes.SBF managing director Vaughan Hart stated: "With these new survey results, it's great news that the Scottish industry is able to close 2014 on a new confidence high. That suggests that the industry's recovery is now happening."A Scottish Government spokeswoman told the Press Association: "We welcome growing confidence in the Scottish construction industry in 2014 and will work with the sector to build on this into next year."She added the nation's economy is continuing to improve, while its employment figures are rising on a monthly basis. Individuals with skills in carpentry and joinery were found to be scarce, while there is also a shortage of bricklayers. Builders also reported problems with finding people to fill management roles.According to recent research from Markit, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and from the Office for National Statistics, the UK construction sector grew faster than expected this year.The need for a strong construction sector is particularly pressing at the moment as there are widespread calls for more houses to be built in order to tackle the country's housing crisis. Last month, housing minister Brandon Lewis revealed 700,000 homes have been delivered during the current parliament and the number of empty homes is at a ten-year low. However, many still believe more needs to be done, with the National Housing Federation recently calling for politicians to commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation. 

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