Published Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Building work has increased across the region. (© Getty)
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has reported a rise in workloads for the first time since early 2008.
However, despite the improvement, Northern Ireland still continues to lag behind the rest of the UK.
Jim Sammon from the RICS said: "It's encouraging to see the workload balance turn positive following a long period in which the construction market in Northern Ireland has experienced a very significant downturn.
"The survey chimes with anecdotal evidence of more positivity in the sector."
The private industry sub-sector of the Northern Ireland construction market, did however, record a fall in workloads in the third quarter of this year.
Mr Sammon added: "We are talking about small improvements from a low base and the key challenges for the sector locally remain.
"Finance is tight, private sector activity remains scarce, and public sector demand remains constrained.
"We would urge the NI Executive to encourage and nurture a recovery by increasing infrastructure spending through moving more money from current to capital spending.
"Infrastructure is a driver of growth and competitiveness. Its upkeep, development and maintenance is also essential to a well-functioning society."
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