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.

Laing O’Rourke puts Australian construction operations on the market

International engineering firm Laing O’Rourke has announced it plans to sell its Australian operations A change in infrastructure spending in Australia has prompted engineering firm Laing O’Rourke to sells its operations based in the country. The Australian arm, which reported post-tax profits of A$142m in the 12 months to March 2015,...
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Construction sector sees tax evasion clampdown

HMRC tax investigation yields within the construction sector saw a 17 per cent increase during the 12 months to March 2015… The construction sector has become a significant focus for HMRC, as it clamps down on tax evasion. Figures from national accountancy group UHY Hacker Young revealed there was a...

Search on for HS2 construction commissioner

A construction commissioner is being sought to oversee work set to start on HS2 during 2017… One of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects is seeking a new construction commissioner to oversee work. During 2017, the London to West Midlands leg of high-speed rail (HS2) will start work. HS2 is expected to...
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Construction workers lose £3k under new tax changes

Union warns new policy changes preventing workers who are employed via umbrella companies from receiving tax relief on expenses will have a considerable impact… Plans to ban workers employed via umbrella firms from receiving tax breaks have been heavily criticised. Construction union UCATT said an Inland Revenue policy document published before...
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South east sees construction employment growth

New figures have revealed an increase in the number of people employed in the construction industry in the south east when compared to the previous year… Construction employment in the south east of England has seen significant growth over the past 12 months. Figures from the Department for Work and...

Top Five Ways to Improve Employee Engagement in Construction

Jonathan Austin, Founder & CEO of Best Companies outlines the top five ways to improve employee engagement in construction… The success of any organisation is down to the people who work there, and employees who are engaged and motivated to succeed are the best possible asset. Rather than just expecting...
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Birmingham construction college closes

Birmingham Metropolitan College has announced it will close its construction and technology college in a bid to save money… The Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) at Brierley Hill, which runs courses on construction and technology, is set to close at the end of its lease. The move comes as the college...
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CE of Laing O’Rourke steps down

Anna Stewart, Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke, has announced she will step down due to health problems Laing O’Rourke has lost its chief executive due to ill health, it has emerged. Anna Stewart will step down with immediate effect. Her responsibilities will be taken over by group executive chairman Ray...
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What impact will an ageing population have on construction?

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Building explores the impact of an older generation on the construction sector and the challenges this will bring… In a survey of nearly 1,000 of its members, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) found the built environment plays a pivotal role in...
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Retrofitting training firm ceases trading

CoRE Ltd has revealed it has ceased trading after the council refused help to keep the retrofitting training firm afloat… A Stoke-on-Trent based firm that offers courses in eco-friendly retrofitting techniques has closed its doors. CoRE Ltd, which opened in 2011, was based at the £12.3m Centre of Refurbishment Excellence in...
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Shortage of skills pushes up construction prices

A skills shortage is pushing costs up so high that contractors are turning down work from high risk projects… A new poll of UK contractors has revealed significant skills shortages within the sector, which is pushing up the cost of construction. The poll, carried out by infrastructure and support services group...
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Construction firms put off taking on apprentices

According to new research a third of construction firms are put off taking on apprentices because of the red tape involved… Apprentices are the lifeblood of the construction sector, bringing new workers into the industry while ensuring the necessary skills are developed. They will also form a major component of...
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Plugging the skills gap: the apprenticeship levy

During the Spending Review the Chancellor clarified how the apprenticeship levy would work going forward. Planning and Building Control Today examines what this means for the construction industry… The construction sector did well in yesterday’s Spending Review. Extra funding for housebuilding and significant support for infrastructure projects will certainly stand...
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Majority of construction staff work when injured or ill

More than 90 per cent of construction workers admit to working when they were physically injured or unwell… Pressures on construction workers to pay the bills has pushed many to head to jobs when they should not have done so. New research from trade insurance specialist constructaquote.com found significant numbers of...

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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.