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.

CPA Sonya Hill

Could young offenders be a solution to the skills shortage?

PC Sonya Hill MBE talks to PBC Today ahead of the CPA Annual Conference, and explains the importance of a scheme that involves the rehabilitation of young offenders through training and the forging of business partnerships… The CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) annual conference is taking place on 4th November at...
Crossrail

Crossrail is creating a skills vacuum

According to new analysis, Crossrail’s demand for skilled workers is leaving many parts of the UK with shortages…
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Campaign to crackdown on illegal construction workers launched

The Home Office campaign to reduce the number of people working illegally in the construction industry is now underway… The government has been working to root out illegal workers across the country. Yesterday, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire revealed a new campaign to tackle illegal workers in the construction industry was...
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Construction workers put their health at risk

A new study has revealed three quarters of people will risk their health because of work commitments, with construction workers among the worst offenders… Construction workers are more likely to risk their health because of work commitments than other sectors, according to a new study. The study, which was carried out...
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New chair for Construction Leadership Council

Sir David Higgins is set to hand over the reins to Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme, who will become chair from next week… In a bid to streamline the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), the number of members has been slashed from 30 to 13. This move follows calls to make...
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Can the UK meet increased construction demand?

Addressing the skills shortage in the construction and engineering sector remains a difficult challenge, but is it one that can be overcome? PBC Today discusses… The government is pushing for more homes and more infrastructure, but the construction sector is in the throes of a very real skills shortage that...
New Job

New managing director for BAM Properties

BAM Properties is set to gain a new managing director after John Burke retires following a 25 year career with the firm… Glasgow-based BAM Properties, the property development arm of BAM Construct UK, has appointed a new managing director. John Burke, who was with the firm for almost 25 years, is...
London mayor urges apprentices to choose careers in construction

London mayor urges apprentices to choose careers in construction

The Mayor of London has entered a partnership with Lloyds Banking Group to launch a £1m Construction Skills fund… In a bid to get more young people into careers in the construction sector, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group to launch a new fund. The...
Construction recruiter is the first to join the Institute of Customer Service

Construction recruiter is the first to join the Institute of Customer Service

A leading construction sector recruiter has become the first in the UK to join the Institute of Customer Service… Edinburgh-based consultancy firm Peace Recruitment, which focuses on the construction, property, and engineering sectors, has met a major milestone by becoming the first recruitment firm to join the Institute of Customer...
Plans to boost apprenticeships and transform training unveiled

Plans to boost apprenticeships and transform training unveiled

The government is outlining radical changes aimed at boosting the number of apprenticeships and improving the quality of training courses…
98 per cent of tradesmen have second jobs

98 per cent of tradesmen have a second job

A new survey has revealed the majority of tradesmen have side jobs to make ends meet… In a survey of over 1,000 builders, plumbers, and carpenters nearly all admitted they undertake ‘hobbles’ or side jobs alongside their main role. The survey, carried out by constructaquote.com, asked respondents whether their employers were...
Scottish employment sees a five per cent rise

Scottish employment sees a five per cent rise

Construction employment in Scotland saw boost in the three month period to June, according to new figures… Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that in the three month period to June 2015 construction employment in Scotland rose by 9,000 to 176,000. The sector has undoubtedly enjoyed...
Planning firm expands team in Reading

Planning firm expands team in Reading

National planning consultancy firm expands its team in Reading with three new appointments… Three senior consultants are the latest additions to planning firm Turley. The company’s Reading office was expanded following an increased demand from clients. Tim Burden, Donna Palmer, and David Wetherill have extensive experience in the sector. Burden will...
SRA shuts down construction law firm

SRA shuts down construction law firm

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has shut down a West Yorkshire construction law firm for major failings… An experienced construction law firm has been shut down for failings, it has emerged. Barringtons Legal, which has its headquarters in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was established in 2013. The firm was started by experienced...
More than 60 per cent of construction workers without a contract

More than 60 per cent of construction workers without a contract

A new survey has revealed a significant number of construction workers do not have a contract of employment… In a poll of 1,043 construction workers, three in five reported they did not have a contract of employment. A further 20 per cent admitted they were not sure if they had...

Developing Lean Expertise – a Lean Construction Training Day

Developing Lean Expertise - a Lean Construction Training Day will be held on 28th October 2015 at Birmingham Metropolitan College (from 08.45 to 17.00) The Lean Construction Institute UK (LCI-UK) will this year, for the first time, be offering a Lean Construction Training Day, for anyone who would like to learn...
Concerns raised over new apprenticeship levy

Concerns raised over new apprenticeship levy

Government plans for a new apprenticeship levy could have a significant impact on the Construction Industry Training Board… The BSRIA has raised concerns about the introduction of a new apprenticeship levy, warning it could spark the end of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Building consultancy firm BSRIA said construction firms...
Construction wages see an eight per cent increase

Construction wages see an eight per cent increase

Recruitment consultancy firm Ionic Recruitment said permanent construction workers saw their wages increase by eight per cent over the past 12 months… Over the past 12 months permanent construction workers have seen their wages increase by eight per cent. Research carried out by consultancy firm Ionic Recruitment showed quantity surveyors experienced...
CITB streamlines training funds

CITB streamlines training funds

The Construction Industry Training Board has announced it is enacting measures that will make it easier for employers to apply for training funds… The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has made changes to the application process that will make it faster and more efficient for employers to apply for funding. Under...
Small construction firms are turning work away

Small construction firms are turning work down

New research has revealed resource issues are forcing small construction firms to turn down work… The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said 66 per cent of small construction firms have turned down new business due to a lack of resources. The figures showed almost half had outsourced work to third parties,...
Childcare costs hit construction workers hard over the summer

Childcare costs hit construction workers hard over the summer

A study has revealed the summer holidays will cost construction workers a significant amount due to childcare costs… On average construction workers will lose around £1,300 during the summer holidays due to the cost of childcare. In the capital this figure is higher, standing at around £1,850. The poll carried out...
Construction training should be put in the hands of local authorities

Construction training should be put in the hands of local authorities

Local authorities should take control of construction training in a bid to tackle the skills shortage within the industry… The growing issue of skills shortages remains at the forefront of the construction sector. Last month, the Federation of Master Builders revealed many small and medium-sized firms are finding it increasingly...
Balfour Beatty cuts 400 staff to drive down costs

Balfour Beatty cuts 400 staff to drive down costs

As part of its drive to cut costs Balfour Beatty has announced 400 staff members will be made redundant Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty Leo Quinn revealed yesterday that 400 members of staff will lose their jobs in an attempt to cut costs across the business. The firm has had a...
Construction sector faces illegal migrant worker clampdown

Construction sector faces illegal migrant worker clampdown

The construction industry will be one of a number of sectors that will be targeted by the government to reduce the number of illegal migrants in the UK... A government clampdown on firms that employ illegal workers will put the construction sector in the firing line. Raids will take place...
Self-employed construction workers on the rise

Self-employed construction workers on the rise

New data has revealed an increase in the number of self-employed people working in UK construction... Despite attempts to decrease the amount of casual labour in the construction industry new data has revealed a surprising rise. Union UCATT obtained figures via a freedom of information request, which showed the number of...
EU posted worker directive could hit contractors

EU posted worker directive could hit contractors

A proposed legal challenge that would make contractors liable to pay compensation to EU subcontractors if they undercut UK national trade rates is set for consultation... Contractors could face compensation claims from workers of EU subcontractors if they undercut agreed UK national trade rates. The proposed change has been put into...

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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.