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Thirteenth edition of the Polish construction market survey

Research Project - construction market
PMR Research conducted in September this year thirteenth semi-annual survey of the Polish construction industry. The study was commissioned by PMR Publications and its results were released in the report "Construction Sector in Poland H2 2010 – Development Forecasts for 2010-2013”. The survey was conducted with the aid of the CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) technique on the sample of 200 largest construction companies operating in Poland and 110 interviews with the companies’ senior management were completed.

The results of a survey are evidence that sentiment in the Polish construction industry has taken a slight turn for the better. In September 2010, PMR Polish Construction Climate Indicator had a value of 7.8 pts, demonstrating that construction companies were more optimistic in their assessment of the market situation than they had been a year ago, despite adverse market circumstances prevailing in the early months of 2010 .

PMR Construction Climate Indicator, July 2004-Septemeber 2010

Still, the companies which tend to see more negatives than positives in the current situation are more numerous in the market, but it should be noted that number of the former decreased in the past six months. The most frequent obstacles, cited by 41% of responding companies, were problems related to legal regulations and difficulties in dealings with officials. But, notably, in September the respondents were less concerned about the lack of relevant regulations to protect the Polish market against competition from foreign providers of construction services than they were six months ago, while more responses indicated excessive bureaucracy, overly complicated regulations and the lack of understanding of the nature of respondents’ business by legislators and officials.

Strong market competition was the second most frequently cited barrier to doing business, which was mentioned primarily by smaller companies. Further obstacles identified by respondents included underpricing, driven by strong market competition and low prices which contractors were forced by investors to accept. But it should be noted that the significance of this barrier slightly decreased in the recent months. The companies surveyed also mentioned other obstacles to doing business in the construction market. One-tenth of respondents cited considerable labour costs, while 9% of the surveyed companies still found it difficult to access loans. Staff shortages and payment backlogs were mentioned much less frequently as barriers to doing business in the construction market.

What are the greatest obstacles to doing business in the construction market in Poland?

PMR Research interviewers also asked construction companies to identify factors considered by them to be the greatest facilitators to doing business in the construction market. Since most respondents did not see any significant factors facilitating market operations, only 51 valuable responses were received to this question.

Factors conducive to doing business in the Polish construction market most frequently cited by respondents were EU subsidies, which, to a significant extent, helped the public sector outweigh the fall in private sector investments (27% of respondents). Next in the order were good business contacts, including in particular lasting and strong relations with principals and subcontractors. Respondents also mentioned a stable legal environment, qualified staff employed by their companies and greater availability of loans.

What are the greatest facilitators to doing business in the construction market in Poland?

Full results of the study have been published in the latest PMR Publications report, entitled "Construction Sector in Poland H2 2010 – Development Forecasts for 2010-2013”.

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