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175 new jobs for builders, brickies and carpenters are created every day as Britain enjoys employment boom Employment has hit its highest rate since World War Two, with official figures showing there are now 2.7million people in work BUILDERS, brickies and carpenters are relishing a work bonanza – with 175 new jobs created every day. New figures reveal the construction industry are among the biggest winners...
With the impending leave date getting ever closer, this article will take a closer look at how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect the construction industry Yes, we’re going there. Though the mere mention of the dreaded B-word is enough to spark chaotic debate everywhere from the local pub to the House of Lords, with the impending leave date drawing ever closer, it’s important to readily assess how industries and...
The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March, yet talks between the government and the EU about the withdrawal deal remain deadlocked. Joanne Starkie of the  Immigration Advice Service  looks at what a “no deal” scenario could mean for the construction industry As the deadline to leave the EU looms ever-closer, there is still little clarity for UK industries and businesses as to what the future holds. With...
UK construction activity fell during February, ending a ten-month period of sustained expansion, as a drop in commercial building and civil engineering activity was heavily to blame A soft patch for new orders so far in 2019 meant that job creation remained subdued in February. Survey respondents repeatedly cited concerns about a lack of new construction and infrastructure projects to replace completed contracts. At 49.5 in February,...
A regional breakdown of construction activity in four of Britain’s largest cities outside of London has revealed that building is booming across the country. Despite uncertainty from Brexit and a downturn in the sector in 2018, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast showed sustained or increased activity across all construction subsectors.   With an on-going housing crisis making the property sector in the UK unaffordable...
Sheffield City Council have been given a £715,000 grant to tackle skills shortages in the construction industry . It was given by the Department for Education's Construction Skills Fund, and will be used to create a local training hub called the Building Block which is due to open on March 29.  It is expected to help train 650 people and create 250 local jobs by March 31, 2020. Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for...
Output in Britain’s construction sector contracted in February to its lowest level in almost a year as Brexit anxiety continued to weigh on firms as they delayed making decisions on building projects. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 49.5 in February from 50.6 the previous month. This missed economists’ expectations of 50.5. A reading below 50 indicates contraction....
Keeping hold of the workers they currently employ is the most important aim to employers in the industry, a survey revealed One third of UK  construction  firms are already feeling the effects of  Brexit , according to new data, but most companies have not yet taken any action to deal with it. Research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shows that the number of construction employers feeling the impact...
It forecasts that average output in construction will grow 1.3 per cent annually, with 158,000 jobs created over five years More than 150,000 UK construction jobs are set to be created over the next five years despite Brexit uncertainty and Carillion’s collapse, according to a new report. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts 15,350 carpenters and 9,350 labourers will be needed as more homes are built. The...
Ireland West Airport has appointed a joint venture of Lagan Airport Maintenance and Clare Civil Engineering (LCJV) to carry out runway rehabilitation following an early contractor involvement process. The appointment of the contractor for the project at the airport in Knock follows an EU tender process. This design and tender process was led by Atkins Ireland following its appointment last year by Ireland West Airport as specialist...
A leading construction boss in the UK says government and councils need to provide greater transparency on project pipelines as construction output was shown to shrink to its lowest level since 2012. According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, output fell 2.8% month-on-month in December, contributing to a longer-term drop of 0.3% in Q4 of 2018. Rolling three-month growth fell by 0.3% in December 2018,...
A whopping £18 million in funding from United Kingdom Research and Innovation is set to revolutionise the construction industry through new technology. With this in mind, four new research projects aiming to speed up assembly, save money, and improve the quality of UK building projects have been announced by the cutting edge group. They Include: Manufacturing integrated building components using digital hybrid Concrete...