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Digital technology can transform the construction industry, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge, according to a new report. Unlocking Construction’s Digital future: A Skills Plan for Industry by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shows how modern technologies can increase productivity and increase efficiency. Furthermore, the report warns […]
With a growing population requiring new homes and the government’s target of building 300,000 new homes per year, the housebuilding industry is showing signs of good health. We’ve witnessed great advances in housebuilding processes and materials in the last decade, reflected in the widespread adoption of on-site technology. While manual methods persist on certain sites […]
Construction output in the UK is forecast to hit 2.3% growth in 2019 despite a slight dip of 0.6% this year. The positive forecast from economists at the Construction Products Association is coupled with the expectation that growth will expand by nearly 2% in 2020. This will come as good news for civil contractors and […]
The construction industry has been boosted by a £22m government fund aimed at tackling the current skills shortage, reports the CITB. Launched by Anne Milton, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, the Construction Skills Fund will increase training on construction sites, encouraging more people to join the industry. The site-based training will enable participants to […]
Minimum pay rates for construction site workers will increase by 6% in a two-year deal. The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) Working Rule Agreement comes into effect on 25th June. Negotiated by construction unions Unite and GMB, the new deal affects more than 400,000 construction workers and will see their basic pay rates rise by […]
A report from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts more than 150,000 UK construction jobs will be created in the next five years. Released in light of data indicating a stagnant building industry in January and the recent house building slump, the report forecasts 1.3% annual growth for construction output. The 158,000 jobs anticipated […]
The construction industry is to receive a much-needed £250m boost in the UK government’s effort to boost productivity, reports the Construction Enquirer. Business Secretary Greg Clark confirmed the construction industry had won the investment as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, a planned partnership between the government and the construction industry to work collaboratively to […]
The UK House Price Index for June 2017 has been released, with the latest data showing that a yearly price increase of 4.9% and that the average property value in the UK is now up to £223,257. So what does this mean for construction companies? According to the data, the East of England has seen […]
Running a construction business is a complicated, multi-faceted process requiring huge amounts of organisation across people, places and products. With this in mind, as well as the current climate of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever before to ensure your construction accounting software is up to the job. The key to a successful construction […]
Construction workloads are on the rise, according to the latest RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey. 27% of respondents, up from 18% in the last quarter, reported an increase in total workloads, despite concerns that Brexit could slow down activity. The report also highlights the shortage of skilled labour and its impact on industry […]
The latest State of Trade Survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reveals that confidence continues to grow in the construction industry. The research shows that construction SMEs are optimistic about their workloads, employment levels, and enquiries, with 50% of businesses surveyed expecting higher levels of work in the next three months. In Q1 […]
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