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.

Hardest places in the UK to find construction work

Hardest places in the UK to find construction work

New research has shown the hardest places in the UK to find regular construction work... A new study has revealed the North East and Wales are considered the hardest places in the UK to find regular construction work. Electricians and bricklayers were found to be the two trades that struggled...
RICS launches new diversity initiative

RICS launches new diversity initiative

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has announced it is launching a new initiative aimed at making the property and construction sector more inclusive and diverse... A new initiative will launch next month aimed at creating more diversity in the construction and property industry. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)...
Mace hires two senior officials

Mace hires two senior members of staff

Mace has announced two senior members of staff will join their team from rival contractors Laing O'Rourke and Sisk Construction... Two new senior hires have been made at construction and consultancy firm Mace. Tom Gent is set to join as head of innovation, while Jon Harris will come over as...
Kier confirms Mouchel takeover

Kier confirms Mouchel takeover

Building group Kier has announced it will acquire Mouchel in a £265m deal that will give the group a new order book of £9.3bn... Mouchel, which maintains a third of Britain's highways, is set to be taken over by UK building group Kier. The £265m deal will be financed by a...
60 B&Q stores to close

Kingfisher announces 60 B&Q stores to close

The owner of DIY chain B&Q has announced plans to close 60 stores across the UK and Ireland... Kingfisher has revealed 60 of its B&Q stores will close over the next two years. The firm, which also owns Screwfix, said it would also close a few stores across Europe that...
Time to address the skills shortage

Time to address the skills shortage

Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA examines the current construction skills shortage and urges action to help promote the industry as an attractive career path… As the influence of the recession begins to fade and the construction industry sees a return to growth, all the things that beset us, such...
400 Travis Perkins depots to open in four years

400 Travis Perkins depots to open in four years

New plans have been unveiled by builders' merchant chain Travis Perkins to open 400 new depots over the next four years... Travis Perkins has announced plans to open 400 new branches, creating 4,000 new jobs. The majority of these new roles will be outside London and the South East. The investment...
Campaign needed to encourage girls to build

Campaign needed to encourage girls to build

The NHBC Foundation has called for a new campaign aimed at encouraging more girls into the house building sector... New research has revealed that just one in 10 women are interested in following a building or construction-based career. Now, the NHBC Foundation is calling for an industry-wide campaign to boost...
Plugging the skills gap

Plugging the skills gap

As an active Construction Equipment Association member, Junaid Makda of Nylacast views the construction equipment industry skills gap not as a problem, but as an opportunity… The phrase “skills gap” often has negative connotations across many industries. There is no doubt it exists and is an operational problem, however, it’s...
Britcon has announced a new managing director

Britcon has announced a new managing director

Paul Clarkson, former operations director, has been promoted to managing director of the building, civil engineering, and structural steelwork contractor Britcon. Paul Clarkson, who has been with Britcon for five year, will take over from Shaun Hunt as managing director, it has been announced. Hunt will remain in a vice...
Carillion to create 5,000 new apprentices

Carillion to create 5,000 new apprentices

Construction company Carillion will create 5,000 new apprentices over the next five years across the country. The news comes following the Autumn Statement, which was delivered last week. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed plans to end employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) for all apprentices under 25. As...
2015 construction hiring numbers soar

2015 construction hiring numbers soar

The construction sector will see an increase in the number of new staff hired in the first part of 2015, according to a new survey. A rapid increase in employment prospects within the construction industry will see the number of new staff taken on in the first part of 2015...
Kier in takeover talks with Mouchel

Kier in takeover talks with Mouchel

Kier has confirmed it has held preliminary talks with consultant Mouchel regarding a possible takeover. Construction company Kier has revealed it is discussing the possibility of taking over consultant firm Mouchel. The deal, if it goes ahead, could boost Kier's presence in the civil engineering sector. In a statement to the Stock...

Construction dust: high risk, low risk?

Terry Slater, Director of SMH Training & Scientific Services UK LTD highlights the dangers of construction dust and solutions to reduce the risks An estimated 5.5 million workers are exposed each year to hazardous gases, vapours, and airborne particles, and many of these workers are from the construction industry. The...

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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.