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As the construction sector battles ongoing skills shortages, we have a range of articles within the HR & Skills News section which draw attention to this and create debate around what the industry can do to help ease the skills gap. Also within the HR & Skills News category, we bring you the latest 'people movement' stories within the sector. Making sure you're up to date with all of the industry latest.

The effect of Brexit on the construction industry

The effect that a Brexit could have on the construction skills shortage is examined by Actis UK and Ireland director Matthew King, who wonders whether, regardless of the outcome, it will focus the mind on the need to embrace quicker, more efficient and less labour intensive build methods... As the...

Patrick Jelly joins Hewden

National specialist equipment and crane hire firm Hewden has appointed former Pitney Bowes boss, Patrick Jelly to the newly created role of Group Sales and Marketing Director. Effective immediately, Patrick will be responsible for overseeing Hewden’s overall sales and commercial strategy and ensuring Hewden delivers on its promise to be the...

Illegal construction worker father and sons team jailed

A father and two sons who employed nearly 200 construction workers illegally have been jailed for over 17 years in total… Three men have been convicted of employing illegal workers, it has emerged. Baljit Rai, 55, and his two sons Mandeep Rai, 32, and Daljit Rai, 34, were found guilty...

Scaffold training contract for North East Scotland signed

A deal between the Construction Industry Training Board and ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy will see the first scaffolding training centre built in North East Scotland… A new state-of-the-art scaffolding training facility in Aberdeen has taken a step closer after a deal was struck between the Construction Industry...
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Talent shortages behind growth of bricklayers pay

An analysis has revealed a shortage of talent is behind an increase in bricklayers’ pay, rather than an increase in demand… Analysis from construction and rail recruitment specialist One Way has pointed to a talent shortage, rather than an increase in demand for bricklayers, as the reason for rising wages. The...

Solving the construction skills gap with women power?

It is a fact that there is a growing construction skills gap in the UK. Randstad CPE have carried out a recent survey suggesting that women could have a bigger role to play in solving the dilemma, which they explain here… The construction industry is the strongest it has ever...
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Thousands of apprentices to partake in major pay study

The government has announced thousands of apprentices will take part in a survey aimed at providing information on training, hours, and pay… Research into the current status of apprenticeships will give thousands of apprentices a voice. The 2016 Apprenticeship Pay Survey will collect data from current apprentices, with the aim...
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Two new members join Build UK

Build UK has announced it has welcomed two new members, who will share and promote best practice across the industry… Two new organisations have joined Build UK, it has been announced. Build UK brings together the construction sector’s largest main contractors and leading trade associations. It represents over 11,500 specialist...

Lack of skilled workers pushes pay higher

A new report has revealed the shortage of skilled workers is pushing pay in the building trade higher… A new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed a lack of skilled workers has seen wages rise. According to the report, bricklayers are being paid up to £25 an...
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Construction union UCATT will merge with Unite

Members of construction union UCATT have voted to merge with larger union Unite… UCATT, the union of Construction, Allied, Trades & Technicians, is set to merge with larger union Unite following a vote from its membership. The union, which was formed in 1971, was created when woodworkers, alongside painters and decorators,...

New president for the Electrical Contractors’ Association

The Electrical Contractors’ Association has appointed a new president… Building services engineer businessman David Kieft has stepped into the role of president of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), it has emerged. The ECA, which represents building engineering contractors, will see Kieft take over from former president Andy Basham, who had been...

New study reveals problems with construction trainee qualifications

Information gathered via a Freedom of Information request has found a significant number of people studying a construction qualification will never be able to work on site… Some 167,000 young people studying towards a construction qualification will not be able to work on site, it has emerged. The information, which was...

Blacklisting firms formally apologise to victims

Leading construction firms tied to the blacklisting of hundreds of construction workers have issued a formal apology… Construction firms tangled up in the blacklisting scandal have formally apologised for their part. The blacklist was brought to light in 2009, after the Information Commissioners Office raided the office where the files...

Brickwork boss gains support for skills academy

A builder planning to establish his own national construction skills academy has gained the support of parliament… Ilkeston-born builder Ian Hodgkinson has received support from MPs to create his own skills academy. Hodgkinson, of Hodgkinson Brickwork Contractors, attended Westminster last week for the Building Britain’s Future event. This aimed to investigate...

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HR & Skills News

As the construction sector battles ongoing skills shortages, we have a range of articles within the HR & Skills News section which draw attention to this and create debate around what the industry can do to help ease the skills gap.

Also within the HR & Skills News category, we bring you the latest ‘people movement’ stories within the sector. Making sure you’re up to date with all of the industry latest.