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Derby College has teamed up with colleagues at Gateshead College to launch a research project into the skills shortages and limited engagement in Construction degree courses. The BRIDGE project has been supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEGCE) Catalyst Fund and has been prompted by a Construction Skills Network report which has highlighted a growing skills shortage in the industry. The study said that...
Construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more, every year, than many of their university-educated counterparts, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) NI. Small building firms across NI were asked what they pay their tradespeople and the average annual salaries were as follows: Supervisors earn £48,456 Site managers earn £47,856 Steel fixers earn...
Beamish Museum, in Chester-le-street, is set create almost 100 new jobs as part of an £18mn expansion. The project is the largest in the museum's 48-year history and is due for completion in 2021. It is designed to attract an extra 100,000 tourists to the region, with the Heritage Lottery Fund having provided a £10.9mn boost to the initiative. Tradespeople, including bricklayers, stonemasons, general labourers,...
OUTPUT in the UK's construction sector unexpectedly fell last month as commercial building and civil engineering work continued to drag on the industry. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction purchasing managers' index (PMI) showed a reading of 52.2 in December, down from 53.1 in November and below economists' forecasts of 53.1. A reading above 50 indicates growth. Despite the industry struggling to fire on all cylinders, housebuilding...
Output in the UK's construction sector unexpectedly fell last month as  commercial building  and civil engineering work continued to drag on the industry. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction  purchasing  managers' index (PMI) showed a reading of 52.2 in December, down from 53.1 in November and below economists' forecasts of 53.1. A reading above 50 indicates growth. Despite the industry struggling to fire...
Impact on UK Construction One of the major issues facing the construction sector is the shortage of skills. The sector currently relies heavily on a foreign migrant labour force. Almost 13% of construction workers across the UK were born abroad, and in London and the South East, this proportion increases to 50%. In particular, 25% of employees in the sector in London were born in the EEA Once the UK leaves the Single Market, it...
Robots will take 600,000 of UK builders' jobs by 2040 as construction experts warn of a 'fourth industrial revolution' By 2040, there will be just 15,500 carpenters and interior fitters, report found There may be just 6,500 decorators in 20 years, compared with 110,000 now While increased robotics and automation may take jobs, it will increase safety  It will also create new roles such as computer...
Only larger construction companies have seen growth in the past year, according to accountants and business advisors. Growth dropped for all companies below the £25-100 million turnover group surveyed and stagnated for the smallest group. The latest Construction Sector Report crunched the numbers to analyse the financial health of construction companies across North London and Hertfordshire and found some surprising results...
The Crossrail 2 proposal to link railway routes in Surrey and Hertfordshire via a new tunnel under central London would not merely provide a cross-city suburban link like the Elizabeth Line, but instead would be a ‘transformational’ project providing direct benefits ‘from the Wash to the Solent’ while also supporting UK-wide transport and economic needs, Crossrail 2 Managing Director Michèle Dix told a joint...
20% of Scotland’s construction industry employees likely to retire within 10 years With an aging workforce preparing for retirement, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is campaigning to get school leavers to embark on a career in construction. A new CITB campaign, Can You Dig It? was launched following the release of new figures that suggest the sector will see around 31,000 employees retire within the next...
New research by the Construction Industry Training Board predicts the creation of up to 20,000 new jobs in the construction sector in the East of England over the next five years, but anticipates a subsequent hiatus. These latest figures from the rolling five-year forecast produced by the Construction Skills Network show a noteworthy increase on last year’s figures, which predicted a growth of just 14,000 roles within the sector...
UK construction firms have reported a deceleration in the industry’s growth in July, signalling weaker development in terms of housing activity and a reduction in the commercial sector, according to the latest IHS Markit/CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) UK survey. There is a reduction in new business capacity growth for the first time since August last year when Brexit issued a blow that “acted as a...