Pay rise agreed for construction workers

Pay rise for construction workers

Builders and Unite the union have agreed a 1.5% pay rise for construction workers. The pay rise has been agreed for the 2021/22 year following successful pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Unite the union. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one-year deal involving a 1.5% pay rise to come into...

Contract awards return to above average levels since September

Contract awards

Contract awards have returned to above historical average levels for the first time since September 2020. In March 2021, contract awards increased by 22% compared to February to £5.8 billion, according to industry analysts Barbour ABI. The experts say the main change in activity was a very large increase in the hotel and leisure sector. The latest edition of their Economic &...

CHAS partners with Nottingham Uni to tackle modern slavery in construction

CHAS partners with Nottingham Uni to tackle modern slavery in construction

CHAS, the supply chain risk management expert, has partnered with the University of Nottingham Rights Lab to undertake a research project around the risk of modern slavery within construction supply chains, with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The project, which will begin in April 2021, will assess the risk of modern slavery in construction supply chains and...

Free home Covid testing kits available for all construction workers

COVID TESTING KIT

Firms within the construction industry can now order free Covid test kits for their workers to use at home. Businesses can already order free rapid lateral flow kits to test their employees twice a week in the workplace. The new extension of the workplace testing regime will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers, where it is not possible to set...

Improved Pre-Qualification System Goes Live

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Major contractors are now adopting the Common Assessment Standard. Build UK has announced that the new industry-wide pre-qualification (PQ) system is now fully up and running, simplifying a complex system for the benefit of everyone in the construction sector, they said. The organisation hope the rollout of the Common Assessment Standard will significantly reduce the duplication of time, effort and resources...

350,000 new construction jobs to be created by 2028

Construction jobs

To ensure the UK government’s commitment to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is on track, the construction industry will require the equivalent of 350,000 new roles to be created by 2028, says the CITB. According to the CITB these will need to be found through a mix of new skilled jobs, increased efficiencies in existing roles, and...

February contract awards increase by 11%

Contract awards up 11%

Construction contracts awarded in February climbed by 11% but is still below average reports industry analysts. According to industry data Barbour ABI has seen February contract awards increased by 11% compared to January to £4.7 billion. They say this remains below average levels, but underlying activity has increased as no single project was valued over £200 million. Similarly to January, distribution...

Construction continues steady recovery

Construction

The UK construction industry has hit the ground running according to information from construction data provider Builders Conference. Their latest data shows that the number of construction contracts awarded in January increased, following the traditional slowdown in December. However, with another national lockdown now in place, the effects of the coronavirus restrictions continue to be felt and both the number and...

Balfour Beatty awarded £32m NHS job

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Balfour Beatty has announced that it has been awarded a £32 million contract to build a new, world-class Ophthalmology and Orthopaedic health facility in Inverness on behalf of NHS Highland. This latest contract award will see Balfour Beatty construct the 8,305 square-metre National Treatment Centre, including 24 inpatient rooms, five operating theatres, clinics and outpatient departments. In addition, the company will...

Chancellor urged again to withdraw Reverse Charge VAT plan

A campaign calling on the Government to withdraw the implementation of Reverse Charge VAT is gathering pace after it was revealed it could cause a cash-flow crisis across the construction industry.

A campaign calling on the Government to withdraw the implementation of Reverse Charge VAT is gathering pace after it was revealed it could cause a cash-flow crisis across the construction industry. Over 150,000 businesses within the construction industry are set to see a 20% drop in cash flow when the planned VAT changes come into force on the 1st March....

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