Band of Builders charity appoints first CEO

Band of Builders has appointed its first Chief Executive Officer as part of ambitious plans to significantly increase the registered charity’s ability to help members of the UK construction industry who are battling illness or injury. The fast-growing charity – which was founded in 2016 before becoming registered in 2019 – has appointed its former Chair of the Board of Trustees...

Construction workers protest over ‘derisory’ pay offer

The construction industry’s unprecedented skills shortage will worsen without a better deal, says GMB Union  Yesterday, construction workers were protesting a ‘derisory’ pay offer made by the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC). Workers gathered outside a CIJC meeting in Central London in anger at an offer which is just over a third of today’s rampant 11 per cent inflation figure. The CIJC...

CITB to invest over £233m in British construction

With a strong focus on three core challenges for construction, CITB has published its Business Plan today (18 May), announcing it will be investing over £233m across Britain to support construction throughout 2022/23. CITB’s investment plan responds to the estimated demand for an additional 50,000 workers every year and is primarily focused on securing construction’s talent pipeline. This year, the...

CITB Grants supports businesses bringing new entrants into industry

CITB data reveals that almost 14,000 businesses have been supported in the form of grants, with over £77m paid out in the last year, and over 45% of grant spent went to small and micro businesses. The CITB Grants Scheme provides grants for employers in the construction industry that provide day-to-day training for their workforce. There are several areas whereby...

Revealed: the UK’s biggest van theft hotspots

New research has revealed the UK’s biggest hotspots for van theft, with some regions seeing the number of offences more than double..

CITB boss joins Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce

CITB Chief Executive Tim Balcon is one of 15 construction industry leaders on a new Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce. The aim of the taskforce, which will meet for the first time in May, is to look at addressing skills gaps around the construction, retrofit and maintenance of low carbon commercial buildings in Central London boroughs. Commenting on his new...

Vital text service launches to provide wellbeing support

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is adding another route to vital wellbeing support by launching their text HARDHAT service.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is adding another route to vital wellbeing support by launching their text HARDHAT service.

Lee Marley opens new London HQ

One of the UK’s leading integrated brickwork, scaffolding and stone sub-contractors, Lee Marley Brickwork has opened its new London HQ.

One of the UK’s leading integrated brickwork, scaffolding and stone sub-contractors, Lee Marley Brickwork has opened its new London HQ. The new headquarters located in Notting Hill, London will operate as the ideal professional space for visiting clients, suppliers, training environment for graduates, and as a head office for key staff. The 3500 square foot premises offer a modern, personable environment...

Subbies pay hits highest on record

Earnings for subcontractors in construction have reached the highest level since Dec 2019 and the highest on record across many parts of the UK.

Wages for subcontractors in construction have reached the highest level since December 2019 and the highest on record across many parts of the UK. According to research by the industy's biggest payroll firm Hudson Contract found that subbies in London, the South East, the South West and Wales are earning the most. Average weekly earnings increased by 1.8 per cent to...

COVID-19 Plan B announced

COVID-19 Plan B

The Prime Minister announced that England is moving to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.