Election

Labour manifesto offers welcome proposals on skills, but still not enough for SME builders, says industry

At least one part of Labour’s election manifesto has found favour with SME builders – and that’s the proposal to link its housing and skills policy as part of its industrial strategy.

Construction industry is vital to future of the UK economy, CIOB stresses to new government

Following one of the most unpredictable general elections in recent years, in which the Conservative Party is projected to form a majority government the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has stressed the importance of the construction industry to the UK economy, infrastructure and employment.

Conservatives set for majority government after devastating night for Labour

The Conservatives are on course to govern with a majority government after a devastating night for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

53% of construction industry believe party policies are unclear

A study by leading rental solution provider, Hewden, has found that a record 1.8 million construction sector workers (87% of the construction industry) intend to vote at next week’s General Election.

Building 180,000 homes a year is unachievable, say house builders

A new report on housebuilding has found that delivering more than 180,000 new homes a year is unachievable under current market conditions, according to the opinion of over two thirds of UK house builders.

Engineers call for political parties to pay greater attention to training

Greater investment in STEM apprenticeship schemes is a top priority to UK engineers, according to
Matchtech’s ‘Engineers’ manifesto’.

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Features

2017-05-10 11:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 15:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 11:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 10:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 11:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 17:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

2017-02-28 15:53

As part of an ongoing revamp, the Joint Contracts Tribunal has rolled out an updated suite of standard form construction contracts for Design & Build. John Cleaveley, partner and head of construction at Weightmans LLP, takes a look at the changes

2017-01-04 10:35

As pressure mounts to achieve the government’s housebuilding objectives, the effective regeneration of brownfield land is becoming increasingly important. Builder & Engineer takes a look at the challenges of regenerating contaminated land

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