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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a paper calling on government and the construction industry to think outside of the bricks and boost diversity in construction skills, by embracing Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). RICS Modern Methods of Construction analyses the benefits of embracing off-site modular housing and using PropTech to aid modern day housing delivery. It also addresses and recommends...
Construction experts have slammed a report from the The Migration Advisory Committee which sets out plans for a new immigration policy post-Brexit. The committee has decided not to make construction a special case when it comes to relaxing rules to keep up a steady stream of lower-skilled workers. Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders said: “The report explicitly recommends that there should be...
The latest figures released by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed strong performance in the UK’s construction sector, with output up by 3.3%. Housebuilding  seems to have thrived throughout the summer heatwave with the growth of  construction  leaping by 0.5% in July as result. Sterling was up 0.15% on the US dollar to trade at 1.293, and rising 0.2% versus the euro to 1.118, which boosted the...
The UK economy bounced back in July as the services sector rebounded and construction output reached a record high. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy expanded 0.3% in July, while gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.6% on a three-month basis. That was ahead of economist expectations for a 0.1% and 0.5% rise, respectively. Economic growth was bolstered in part by the UK’s dominant services...
Commercial building was the best performing area of construction output in August 2018, followed closely by residential work, the latest monthly survey of industry purchasing managers reveals. The latest expansion of housing activity was the weakest since March, though, and civil engineering workload decreased for the first time in five months. A number of survey respondents cited a lack of new work on infrastructure projects....
Reseach from data scientists  Adzuna  has discovered the top five cities for employment outside of London, with Manchester topping the leader board As London’s property market continues to  inflate rent  and  living costs , it is hardly surprising that people are looking elsewhere to find construction jobs outside of London. The research looked into which cities have the most construction jobs outside of...
Housebuilding output grew at its fastest rate since December 2015.   Are you hiring Construction Workers / Professionals? This Free report will save you a lot of time and money when advertising your jobs: https://t.co/hTaFI8LQF7 Trusted by 1000s of Construction Companies throughout the UK & Ireland: pic.twitter.com/OrwIJliG0F — Construction Jobs (@Construct_job) June 6, 2018 UK construction activity rose...
Immigration has largely contributed to the political, social and economic success of the UK’s construction industry throughout history. The question is,   how are construction businesses preparing for an EU skills shortage in the long-term?   The UK is facing a construction skills crisis. With 8% of the UK’s construction workforce from the EU, a post-Brexit climate could see over  176,500 jobs under threat ....
20 on-site hubs to train more people to help deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s A multi-million pound fund to help tackle the construction skills shortage has been  launched  by the Skills Minister Anne Milton today (18 June). With 158,000 new construction jobs expected to be created in the UK over the next five years, the £22million Construction Skills Fund will bring training to construction sites -...
Bullying On Construction Sites What is bullying? Are head flushing, name calling antics simply the domain of the playground? Or does the behaviour transfer beyond the school gates and into the workplace? Sadly, the latter is true, with over 60% of employees experiencing bullying in the workplace at some time in their career. Bullying is not discriminative, it effects males and females, young and old. It is...
Carillion's board presided over a "rotten corporate culture" and was culpable for its "costly collapse", two committees of MPs have concluded. They also called for a potential break-up of the big four audit firms, after they "waved through" the indebted construction firm's accounts. And they attacked the government for lacking "decisiveness and bravery" to tackle corporate regulation failures. The MPs said regulators should consider...
UK contractors have been urged to face up to the “significant human rights risks” in their supply chains after the  Chartered Institute of Building  (CIOB) found that both British and foreign workers are at risk of exploitation despite recent legislation. Criticising the industry’s “slow response” to the  Modern Slavery Act , the  Construction and the Modern Slavery Act  suggests...