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.

Construction ambassador scheme launched to tackle skills gap

Contractor firm Forrest has launched a new scheme aimed at promoting the opportunities for young people in the construction sector… The skills shortage is undoubtedly the greatest barrier to progress in the construction industry at the present. Addressing this challenge is neither easy nor will it be quick. The government...

Job losses set for Laing O’Rourke

Restructuring of Laing O’Rourke will see some 200 staff members lose their jobs Private contractor Laing O’Rourke has revealed plans to cut 200 jobs as it seeks to restructure its operations. It is thought the majority of jobs lost will be back office roles, and the firm said it will likely...

Skills shortage warning issued by Barratt

Despite seeing a strong performance over the past six months, Barratt warned skills shortages are pushing up the cost of building… The house building sector could be at risk due to the ongoing skills shortage, which is increasing construction costs. Barratt reported it has experienced a surge in pre-tax profits, rising...

Bovis Homes replaces poor performing contractors

Poor productivity and quality of work has forced house building firm Bovis Homes to replace a substantial number of contractors across its sites… Substandard performance of trade contractors has pushed Bovis Homes to re-evaluate its sites. The firm said replacing poorly performing contractors had pushed building costs up by some...

Hundreds of construction workers needed to build new town

Some 280 construction workers are required to create a new town near Plymouth that will see over 5,000 homes built… Hundreds of construction staff will be needed to build 5,500 homes in the new town of Sherford. The consortium working on the market town said it will need hundreds of construction...

Civil engineering costs will drive tender prices

A new analysis from RICS has revealed the cost of civil engineering will be a key driver of tender prices over the next five years… The latest report from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has shown civil engineering costs will impact tender prices over the next half a...

Electrical contractors see a surge in work

The final quarter of 2015 saw a surge in work for electrical contractors and further growth is expected during the current quarter... A new survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association has revealed how the sector performed in the final quarter of 2015. The survey, which was conducted in association with Scolmore,...
compensation

£5.6m compensation for 71 victims of blacklisting

Some 71 members of construction union UCATT have started to receive compensation over blacklisting… Companies involved in blacklisting have started to pay out compensation to their victims. A total of 71 UCATT members will receive a share of £5.6m, averaging nearly £80,000 each. Some payments were as high as £200,000,...

Minister call for construction industry to build home-grown talent

The construction sector must remove the barriers preventing young people from embarking on careers in the industry… The government has big plans for house building and infrastructure. However, those plans hang in the balance due to a national skills crisis. Now, Ministers have called upon the industry to remove barriers and...
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...

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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.