A survey has been launched by BESA, ECA, and SELECT with the aim of obtaining an early picture of the current and anticipated business impact of coronavirus in the engineering services sector and its supply chain.

The survey can be found here.

ECA Director of CSR, 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 survey, which is completely confidential, should take around three minutes complete. The initial deadline for responses is Friday 27 March at 4pm.

The survey comes as Build UK and CECA have stated that construction "sites may have to close" due to coronavirus. The two bodies will be asking the government to "identify safety critical work on the infrastructure network that is essential and must be continued".

ECA is monitoring the situation closely and has created an employer advice portal at www.eca.co.uk/coronavirus. Likewise all updates and advice about COVID-19 from BESA are available at www.thebesa.com/coronavirus-updates/.