Construction materials shortage set to continue until 2022

Construction materials shortage set to continue until 2022

Elevated prices and the shortage of construction materials including timber, cement and steel is set to continue throughout the rest of the year. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has warned that the ongoing construction materials crisis and the availability of some key products hadn’t improved at all during the month of June. The demand both in the UK and globally continues...

UK construction needs to create 217,000 new jobs

UK construction needs to create 217,000 new jobs

New research suggests that the UK construction industry needs to recruit an additional 217,000 new workers by 2025 just to meet demand. Construction has bounced back quicker than expected from the Covid-19 pandemic and the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022. The Construction Skills Network (CSN) research published by the CITB shows 216,800 new jobs will be...

Construction sees bumper month as contract awards increase by 58%

In April 2021, contract awards increased by 58% compared to March to £9.1 billion. A level not seen since January 2020, says industry experts. Sector analysis by Barbour ABI shows that residential contract awards increased again in April to £2.5 billion, up from £2.0 billion in March. Data analysts have seen a strong performance for infrastructure, with a total value...

Construction activivity dips slightly

The latest information from Builders’ Conference shows that both the number and value of contracts awarded in April have decreased for the first time this year. Industry experts at Build UK are hoping that this was just a blip in the road due to the Easter break and that the continued easing of coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks...

World’s largest construction trade fair postponed

World's largest construction trade fair postponed

Bauma, the world's biggest and leading construction equipment trade fair held in Munich, Germany has been postponed to autumn 2022. The announcement comes after the result of many discussions between Messe München and top industry representatives as well as the Advisory Board. The new date is October 24–30, 2022 according to an official press release. The press release goes on to say;...

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

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...