According to the recently released results of a new survey, Scottish construction firms are more optimistic than they were last autumn.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) found an overall strengthening in growth expectations after a post-Brexit decline in outlook.
There was a forecast of growth this year in profit, workloads, and employment. There were, however, concerns raised over the current shortage in skills.
The UK Construction Market Survey carried out by RICS found that expectations for workload growth improved significantly in the fourth quarter, while 20% more respondents said that they anticipated a growth in employment in 2017.
The survey noted that the Scottish construction sector experienced modest growth in the last quarter of 2016, with 7% more respondents reporting that their workloads had increased.
The biggest driver of growth was the private industrial sector, where 23% of respondents indicated that they had experienced an increase.