Aussie trades businesses saw 7-8 per cent reductions in project numbers throughout March and April, data from job-tracking company Fergus reveals.
Leading job management software for trades and service businesses, Fergus, has released data showing that the impact of measures COVID-19 shutdown had on the Australian construction and trades services sectors was relatively minor compared to our trans-Tasman neighbours.
Fergus recorded a reduction in project creations by its users of 7.6 per cent in March and 7.1 per cent in April, compared to the same period in 2019. The April impact was only one-seventh of that recorded in New Zealand, where project creation numbers sank 48.6 per cent year-on-year.
But since the industry re-opened in New Zealand there has been a surge in new work, with jobs created in Fergus surging nearly 400 per cent in comparison to when the country was under level 4 restrictions, which lifted on April 27.
Fergus has introduced a number of features on its software to help the industry manage the risks around COVID-19 and to assist health authorities to trace contacts in the event of any outbreaks. These include forms to ensure record-keeping of people working together on sites, and COVID-specific internal safety checklists.
The company has introduced contact-tracing forms and COVID-specific WHS checklists to its platform, with more than 42,000 forms and 32,000 checklists created to date.
Fergus founder and veteran tradie Dan Pollard said that the introduction of these features would help the construction industry remain safe and assist health authorities in their work.
“At the end of the day, the safety of people on site and in the community is the number one priority,” Mr Pollard said. “We have to follow the advice coming
from health authorities at a state and national level at all times. The features we have introduced will help maintain records to assist authorities and aid business owners and workers in following the directions coming from health authorities.
“At a time when business conditions are very challenging, it’s heartening to see that there are signs of resilience in the construction industry in both Australia and New Zealand going forward.
“We know that the future won’t be easy, but we also believe that if we pull together as an industry and everyone does their part we can look out for everyone’s health and safety and get through this.”
Fergus has also been hosting business coaching webinars for the past eight weeks of which hundreds of business trade owners in Australia and New Zealand have benefitted from. These are available on demand on the Fergus Tradehub: www.fergus.com/tradehub/
For more information visit www.fergus.com