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.

pension

Construction workers miss out on auto-enrolment pensions

A significant amount of construction workers are losing out on pension contributions due to an increase use of umbrella firms… An increase in the proliferation of umbrella firms is pushing many construction workers out of auto-enrolment pension schemes. Umbrella firms are undoubtedly controversial, as it means workers are not classified as...
contractors

Plans to stop contractors undercutting wages to be introduced

A new law aimed at preventing contractors from hiring EU subcontractors at cheaper rates than national wage is set to be introduced… The government has announced it will forge ahead with plans to ensure contractors are unable to undercut wages by hiring EU subcontractors at rates less than the national...
construction worker

232,000 jobs to be created in construction over the next five years

The growth of the construction sector is set to boost the number of jobs by nearly quarter of a million over the next five years… Given the number of new infrastructure projects in the pipeline during the course of this parliament it should come as no surprise the construction sector...

Schools must push apprenticeships when offering careers advice

A new law will ensure schools give equal exposure to non-academic career routes... School career guidance must highlight non-academic routes as well as academic. New government plans will see an end to the “second class” perception of technical and professional education (TPE). Under a new law, apprenticeship providers and staff from...

A diverse and inclusive culture for a sustainable workforce

Natasha Levanti, ACE Group Communications Executive explains the need for industry to adopt a diverse and inclusive culture if we are to address a sustainable workforce… Professional consultancies and engineering companies no longer have excuses to avoid fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in today’s modern work environment. The challenges facing...
peer review

Peer review process ensures quality of access consultants

 About Access discusses the importance of the peer review process in ensuring quality... Whatever your trade or profession, credibility counts. You wouldn’t place an important legal matter in the hands of a bar room barrister any more than you would ask a learner driver to park your Bentley. That’s why, in 1999, the government...
housebuilding

Housebuilding industry recognises UK’s best site managers

Five site managers have been recognised as the top talent in their field during the NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards... The top site managers across the UK have been recognised during a gala event in London. The National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards, which saw five...

Apprenticeships: where should we direct the money?

Nida Broughton from the think tank the Social Market Foundation shares her thoughts on whether apprenticeships are good value for money…  Apprenticeships were described as the cornerstone of UK’s skills system in George Osborne’s last Autumn Statement. The Statement also gave additional detail on how apprenticeships are to be funded,...
skills

Immigration skills levy plan criticised

Plans to impose a skills levy on non-EU workers have been heavily criticised by contractors… Home Office plans to crackdown on the number of non-EU workers employed in the UK have been lambasted by the construction industry. The government is looking to impose an immigration skills levy, which will see firms...
construction

£14k awarded to construction manager forced to work 70-hour weeks

A payout has been awarded to a construction manager at one of the nation’s top firms after he was forced to work 70-hour weeks… Construction worker David Brown has won his case against his former employer after he was forced to work unacceptable hours. Brown, who worked as a site manager...
construction worker

Skills shortage holds up housebuilding

A new survey has warned a major shortage of skilled workers in the construction sector could put a hold on projects... A shortage of skilled workers is set to hold up new homes and infrastructure projects, according to a new survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The downturn...

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,...
tax

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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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.