Skills

Labour inflation warning amid slow recovery forecast

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Staff shortages and wage inflation are set to become bigger problems than material supplies in 2023, a key figure has warned contractors, as data firm Glenigan predicted a “challenging” period for the sector. Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) chief executive John Newcomb, who co-chairs the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) product availability…

Construction carbon skills challenge begins

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A panel of construction chiefs and sustainability specialists will hold its first meeting today, as it looks to tackle a “spiral of short-termism” and boost industry skills. The City of London Corporation’s Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce aims to plug gaps in the building sector’s capacity to address the…

Skanska pilot will reintegrate workers who take career breaks

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Skanska is launching a pilot scheme to provide work opportunities for highly qualified employees who take a career break. Amid a shortage of skilled workers in the industry, the tier one firm will work with STEM Returners, a programme that helps to reintegrate professionals who are trained in the science,…

Construction workers get 5 per cent pay rise

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A 5 per cent pay rise has been agreed for about half a million site workers, trade unions have confirmed. Following months of negotiation, unions and the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreed to a 5 per cent blanket pay increase yesterday. However, the final agreement is only half of…

Product prices rise by a fifth, CLC warns

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Construction material prices have soared by more than a fifth since the start of this year, according to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which has warned of further “significant” rises to key products in 2022. Average inflation for products so far this year has reached 23 per cent, the CLC…

Labour woes a ‘bigger problem’ than materials shortage

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Labour shortages in the construction industry are a bigger headache than disruption to materials, suppliers have warned. Speaking at CN’s ‘Decarbonising Construction’ event earlier this month, Structural Timber Association (STA) chief executive Andrew Carpenter said the problem with stocks of materials was not as great as long-term issues surrounding the…

Construction needs over a quarter of a million extra workers by 2026

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More than a quarter of a million extra construction workers will be needed by 2026 to meet growing demands on the UK sector, a Construction Skills Network (CSN) report reveals. The paper shows that the built environment requires an additional 266,000 workers to meet projected UK construction demand over the…

Allocation of £3m to bridge construction skills gap in Scotland

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A total of £3m is being pumped into Scottish construction to support new workers and improve retention levels. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is investing the money to support those at the beginning of their career, with the Scottish Academy for Construction Opportunities (SACO) using it to support workers…

FM Conway names new chair from within the family

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FM Conway has named a new group chairperson. Joanne Conway has taken over the family firm, following the death of her father and former chairman, Michael Conway, who died from illness in March. Her appointment makes the Kent-based firm a third-generation business. It was founded by her grandfather 60 years…

Fire started deliberately at £200m Derby construction site

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A fire that broke out at a construction site in Derby on Saturday evening was started deliberately, police investigations have revealed. The work in progress is part of a £200m redevelopment to build a 3,500-capacity performance venue called Becketwell Performance Venue. The site was being run by demolition specialists Cawarden…