The Construction Skills Network Report by CITB predicts an increase of over 8,000 jobs per year on last year’s forecast, with the annual demand for workers increasing to 44,690. In contrast new research from RICSs predicts skills shortages will threaten 27,000 building projects within five years.

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn has criticised the Government’s Employer Ownership Fund (EOF) as not fit for purpose, after learning that just £720,000 of a £30 million budget is forecasted to be spent in 2014/15.

Research by recruitment firm Ranstad CPE has found that since 2010 the number of women in construction jobs has risen by 4%, from 16% to just over 20%, compared to a 1% rise over the preceding five year period. Randstad projects the proportion of women working in construction will rise to 26% by 2020, and that this proportion could well be higher “given the right cultural change”.

Generation Z are the young people who were born after the millennials – those who are unlikely to remember a time without the internet. Wes Simmons of Eque2 presents ideas on how to prepare your construction company for the arrival of Generation Z. A light hearted blog from Buzzfeed provides 15 signs you were born to be an engineer.

Building Magazine has drafted a manifesto for construction for the next parliament. Construction companies and consultants responsible for more than £6bn of UK turnover have got behind Building’s Agenda 15 Manifesto, just two weeks after it was launched, reports Building magazine.

The Guardian recently reported Britain’s locally elected leaders only control around 6% of their cities’ tax base – but in New York, it’s 50%. Now Britain’s 11 biggest cities outside London are teaming up to lobby for a major new wave of devolution.

Draft guidance is available in preparation for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The Regulations will come into force on 6 April 2015. The intention of the new Regulations is to recognise the influence and importance of the client as the head of the supply chain and that they are best placed to set standards throughout a project.

The Infrastructure Act 2015 has become law, the act allows the creation of Highways England, a government-owned company which sees the creation of 5-year funding certainty for the highways infrastructure supply chain in England.

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