The construction sector’s Decision Making Unit (DMU) is far more complex than many business-to-business markets. It is not the responsibility of one person to specify the building products required, there are many decision makers. To add to this there are many that have the influence to prevent the selection of a product. This Slideshare introduces […]

When planning a piece of construction market research there is much to consider, such as your objectives, target market, and research methodology. But possibly the most important factor is the nature of the research company you choose to work with. The construction industry has a complex Decision Making Unit. With the team responsible for designing, […]

Forecasting construction markets is not an exact science. The construction projects in the pipeline, the key industry drivers and the wider economic environment are known but there is a degree of uncertainty. This has certainly been demonstrated recently with Brexit. In this blog we take a look at construction forecasts, at how they work and […]

In 67 per cent of local authorities in England, insufficient houses were built to meet demand in 2015/16 (DCLG 2016; DCLG 2017). Across England, of the 265,936 houses that are needed, just 189,650 new dwellings (71 per cent) were provided. While other factors, such as money supply, play their part, this is impacting on the […]

A new report from Kier called Averting a £90bn GDP crisis points to a need for business and government to do more to improve out of date careers advice. The study found that 90% of teachers are unaware of the scale of the recruitment shortfall in the construction sector, with 41% not realising that there […]

We have recently surveyed construction professionals, asking them questions about their journal readership, blog readership, social media activity and use of construction product directories. This is to inform the fifth edition of the Construction Media Index report. How have the findings changed since our last Construction Media Index survey? In this article I take a […]

A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. […]

How can construction draw in new talent? A survey of over 350 contractors, conducted by ECIC, has revealed that there is high pressure for the sector to meet demands with the current skills shortage continuing. According to the survey, 78% of contractors admitted they were impacted by the skills shortage, with 56% planning to increase […]

AR and wearable tech to improve construction site safety Augmented reality is being used by Skanska in their training. By using 1:1 scale virtual reality for onsite training they are able to simulate dangerous scenarios that would not be possible at a real physical training grounds. In California, start-up Lightform has developed a new type of […]

Writing for PBC Today Buildoffsite argues that, to fix our broken housing market, we need to challenge our use of traditional construction methods and materials. Buildoffsite say “The only viable way to get substantially increased capacity out of a supply chain that is under real strain is to challenge traditional methods of construction and also […]