Editor: With an increasing number of construction workers having to isolate due to being pinged by the Covid app, the industry could be in for a rough month or so until the guidance changes in mid-August.

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At Beard, we have seen an increase in Covid-related absences in the past week alone, from our own people and the supply chain.

There is something of a perfect storm gathering in many respects. Not only are people having to isolate, but at the same time, many are looking to take well-earned holidays.

Added to this is a lack of materials and the fact that European labour is returning home and not coming back. All this increases the challenge to deliver for our customers.

Of course, we’re monitoring the situation closely and currently we are able to cover absent staff; however, I do expect Covid cases to increase.

So, it is important now to plan ahead and be nimble. Work with your supply chains and be proactive about anticipating absences in the short term and cover any gaps as best as possible, and ride this latest storm over the next month to six weeks.

Neil Sherreard, deputy chairman, Beard