Survey monitors coronavirus impact


17 March 2020

Three engineering services associations have launched a survey to gauge the impact of the coronavirus on the industry.

The survey, for those in the sector and its supply chain, is backed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and SELECT, the Scottish electrical contractors’ association. It comes as Build UK and CECA have stated that construction ‘sites may have to close’ due to coronavirus. The two bodies will be asking Government to ‘identify safety critical work on the infrastructure network that is essential and must be continued’.

BESA Director of Legal and Commercial Debbie Petford: “Our biggest challenge is ensuring our members have certainty in this extraordinary and evolving situation – especially when we do not yet know how long it will last or what extent the economic impact will be.”

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ECA Corporate Social Responsibility Director Paul Reeve said: “Coronavirus is a fast-moving situation with significant social and economic implications. It is vital that we understand the key problems being faced by companies and how to both represent and practically support our industry in what is fast becoming a changeable and challenging near future.”

The initial deadline for responses is March 27 at 4pm and the confidential surveywhich should take around three minutes, can be accessed here