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report from Kier called Averting a £90bn GDP crisis points to a need for business and government to do more to improve out of date careers advice.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 […]

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 […]

Government has grabbed the headlines with its whitepaper “Fixing our broken housing market”. The paper sets out plans to reform the residential sector and boost the supply of homes in England. These include measures to deal with the high cost of renting and more relaxed planning rules. HBF comments: “the White Paper recognises that it […]

As Oxfordshire receives planning permission for 20,560 new homes the NHBC have issued a report illustrating the benefits of new homes. It is structured around the findings from a survey of people who had recently moved into a new home. At the same time, new research from BRE, shows that people are increasingly focusing on […]

Is it time for a collective effort to improve the image of construction and bolster recruitment to the sector? In recent weeks we have seen a call to collaborate and modernise the construction industry. The release of the Farmer Report, Modernise or Die has stimulated a lot of discussion amongst industry members. Indeed Construction News write […]

Achieving housing targets It is hoped the new Neighbourhood Planning Bill will streamline the planning process and give local people greater say over development in their area. This plan is part of speeding up delivery of the further new homes this country needs. Government is also considering modular construction in answer to the housing crisis. […]

Building homes during a skills shortage There is a very clear requirement for more homes to be built, and an article by Planning and Building Control Today presents a change in attitude for Build to Rent, saying designing and building purpose built rental developments that people want to live in is a key way of […]

The NBS have provided an overview of the new 2016 edition of the JCT family of standard building contracts. The new security requirements introduced in Approved Document Q are explained in an article by Kevin Underwood for Planning & Building Control Today. Christian Hilber, Associate Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, […]

The construction sector was the second biggest job creator last year, accounting for 25 per cent of job growth in 2015. Research from The recruitment and employment federation demonstrate the skills shortages in construction are proving beneficial for bricklayers pay, pushing pay to as much as £25 an hour. This comes as research from NHBC […]

Despite the many initiatives to bridge the construction skills gap a recent YouGov poll of 2,000 members of the public found 67 per cent would never consider work in construction. Findings go on to report only 11 per cent think the industry is ‘exciting’. This month Megan Wild looks at Women in Construction: Will it Ever […]