At the moment our depot is as busy as usual, but later on in the year the weekend engineering work is tailing off, so some easier weekends to be had. For five years we have been flat out at weekends and all weekdays.
I have enough work at the moment,but did some ringing round this afternoon to drum up a bit of business.
I ring 3 of my clients (London Coach operaters) and each one commented that it was hard at the moment, and all where expecting a bleak year.
I sincerely hope they are wrong!
Ironically, my workBASE (fruit importers) is quietish compared with 7 years ago...it used to be manic.
Now a lot of packing is done at source...Cyprus, South Africa, Uruguay, Spain etc....so while the workforce back here have it easier now...i'm (and my colleague is ) busier than ever travelling round and setting up lines and servicing equipment ready for the new seasons.
Labour costs......thats what drives it.
Uruguay and S Africa.....$5 a day for the average worker....jeeez £2.50 a day !!!!!
I think i spend 10% of my working year abroad.
Busy and getting busier ... at least, it is if you're not one of the day drivers, who seem to be able to bugger off home after eight hours at work, leaving me and the other night driver to finish their shifts off.
Quiet at the moment but then January is always a crap month people have spent up at Christmas and New Year and are waiting to get paid at the end of the month. Start to see a pick up in Feb with normal service being resumed beginning of March.