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 job vacancies

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

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....

Jobs boost for Brits in construction sector Brexit bounce back

A third of construction companies expect to provide more jobs for British workers as the sector rises to challenges presented by Brexit and Covid-19.

A third of construction companies expect to provide more jobs for British workers as the sector rises to challenges presented by Brexit and Covid-19. CITB’s annual Migration Survey showed while there are challenges ahead for the sector which is set to grow by a quarter of million workers in the next four years, British construction is a robust industry which...

Construction output set to rise 14% this year

Industry experts at the CPA are predicting a 14% rise in construction output in 2021 and a 4.9% increase in 2022.

Industry experts are predicting a 14% rise in construction output in 2021 and a 4.9% increase in 2022. The Construction Products Association (CPA) has announced that construction will see a 'W'-shaped economic recession and recovery. Their assumption takes into account the new lockdown restrictions overwinter 2020/21 before a sustained recovery from 2021 Q2 as vaccines are rolled out and the services-based...

Industry calls on government to scrap reverse charge VAT

The largest industry organisations and trade bodies including the NASC and the Scaffolding Association have supported a letter calling on the government to withdraw reverse charge VAT in construction. The new planned tax changes will see subcontractors no longer charging VAT, instead the customer receiving construction services has to pay the VAT directly to the HMRC. In the letter to chancellor...

Business Secretary writes open letter to construction

Business Secretary writes open letter to construction

The new Business Secretary has written an open letter to all within the UK's construction sector praising workers, and stating 'It is vital that construction continues through these unsettling times.' In his first move as Business Secretary, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP has written an open letter to everyone working in the UK's construction sector. He confirmed it was...

Union launches alternative Covid-19 site guidance

Unite the union launches alternative site Covid guidance

Unite, the UK’s construction union, has launched an alternative comprehensive construction guide to help ensure the safety of construction workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The union who were unhappy with the current official Site Operating Procedures (SOP) published by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has launched its own detailed guide. The 30-paged document is far more comprehensive and stringent than the...

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