Construction buyers have reported business rising at the fastest rate for 17 months.

Is the construction trade still on the up? Soaring residential workloads and sustained growth in civil engineering were the main drivers to growth, report notes. And there was more good news as material price inflation bottomed-out to a seven month low. Tim Moore, Senior Economist at IHS Markit and author of the Markit/CIPS Construction PMI, [...]

2023-02-08T21:14:51+00:00June 6th, 2017|

Will NEC4 live up to expectations for the construction industry?

Contractors are set to benefit from a raft of changes expected in the impending NEC4 suite of contracts, including greater clarity when it comes to insurance. The latest versions of the NEC documents – NEC4 - are due to come into force later in June. It’s 12 years since NEC3 contracts were first published and [...]

2023-02-08T21:15:38+00:00June 1st, 2017|

Building trade on the up?

Industry survey suggests building trade looking healthy and anticipating growth According to the Federation of Master Builders latest trade survey, one in two members predict rising workloads in the coming months, with just 5% predicting a decrease in activity. Around 85% of builders believe that material prices will rise in the next three months and [...]

2023-02-08T21:15:28+00:00May 11th, 2017|

Stop. Make a change highlights worker health and safety

  More than 60,000 people working on infrastructure sites nationwide will stop work on Tuesday in a bid to boost health, safety and wellbeing standards. Around 1,000 sites, office and production facilities up and down the country will halt work for two hours to take part in the Stop. Make a Change campaign. In [...]

2023-02-08T21:15:35+00:00April 21st, 2017|

UK Construction sector fatalities on the rise

UK construction industry safety in the spotlight as new figures reveal the sector accounts for almost a third of deaths in the workplaceUK Construction industry sector fatalities have increased to 43 during the year from April 2015-16 compared to 35  during the previous year.Generally, across all UK industries, there were 144 fatalities April 2015-16. Provisional [...]

2023-02-08T21:16:17+00:00August 12th, 2016|

HSE inspection of construction sites fall

Is HSE suffering with a lack of resource? Despite HSEs Fee For Intervention initiative in recent years, which should be a motivation for HSE to increase construction site visits, their on-the-spot checks are becoming increasingly infrequent. It may seem a strange thing to say, but it is worrying to note that the number of HSE [...]

2023-02-08T21:16:28+00:00June 17th, 2016|

Construction Industry to help UK Steel

The UK’s largest construction trade body calls on members to use British produced steel. Build UK, which represents major construction contractors and more than 30 specialist trade bodies, issued a statement yesterday saying its members were committed to providing opportunities for British-based steel producers to support local economies, create jobs, and reduce carbon emissions from transport. They [...]

2023-02-08T20:40:37+00:00May 4th, 2016|

232,000 new construction jobs over the next five years

A growing UK construction industry is set to create 232,000 new jobs over the next five years according to CITB. Latest research from the Construction Industry Training Board forecasts annual average growth of 2.5% from 2016-2020. That growth will create the need for thousands of new jobs including 9,400 office based roles every year, 2,800 bricklayers and [...]

2023-02-08T21:17:07+00:00February 17th, 2016|

Construction skills shortages pushed up wages by 6% last year

Skills shortages pushing up wage bills for UK construction businesses? New research suggests that pay increases in the construction industry are running at three times the national average of 2%. The latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors also warned that skills shortages are putting at risk some of the Government’s biggest housing [...]

2023-02-08T20:41:12+00:00January 26th, 2016|
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