Industry to carry on through latest national lockdown

Construction to stay open

Construction sites in England are set to stay open and fully operational during the latest lockdown that starts on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Saturday evening to announce a four?week lockdown in England from this Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The new restrictions include requiring people to stay at home except for specific purposes, not mixing with...

Contract awards continue upwards trend in September

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The total value of construction contract awards in September was 21.2% higher than for August according to new data from Barbour ABI. Expert analysis shows the total value of construction contract awards in September 2020 was £5.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average. This is 21.2% higher than for August and is also 13.8% higher than September 2019. The UK construction...

Major contractors picked for CITB management training fund

CITB apprenticeship

The CITB has picked 38 winning bidders for its Leadership and Management Development Fund. The £2.8m fund was set up to enable large levy registered firms to invest in developing the leadership, management or supervisory skills of their staff. It aims to support over 7,000 workers. The competitive fund attracted numerous creative bids for in-house training programmes with requests to better...

Site Operating Procedures updated to Version 6

CLC update SOP to version 6

Now in its sixth version, The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has updated the Site Operating Procedures to reflect recent changes in Government guidance. Whilst there are no significant changes to social distancing requirements on sites, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and Build UK have taken the opportunity to streamline the Site Operating Procedures document whilst maintaining the familiar format. Changes to...

Construction Pay Freeze Could Lead to Industrial Action

Construction workers pay freeze

Industrial discontent is looming in construction as out of touch employers impose a pay freeze on workers, says Unite. Unite, the UK’s construction union, is warning that the prospect of industrial discontent on construction sites across the UK in the coming months has greatly increased, as a result of employers blocking a pay increase. The problem involves the Construction Industry Joint...

HMRC warns IR35 changes are pressing ahead

HMRC Self Assessment

HMRC has warned construction firms this week to prepare for controversial changes to IR35 rules. The HM Revenue & Customs has warned businesses to prepare for the controversial changes to off-payroll working rules known as IR35. Earlier this year, HMRC delayed the introduction of IR35 for 12 months to help businesses and individuals deal with the economic impact of Covid. The construction...

Construction charity app upgraded to include financial support

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The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s free App has been upgraded with nudge, the market-leading financial wellbeing platform. The new feature comes in response to feedback from the industry and findings of their latest Impact Report.  One of the key findings of the recently published report was that 62% of emergency financial grants were to help pay for daily living costs including...

Builders report busy summer of home upgrades, says FMB

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Strong levels of demand for repair and maintenance works saw builders report a busy summer, according to a new survey released today by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Key findings from the FMB State of Trade Survey, the only survey of its kind to track the experience of small to medium-sized (SME) firms in the building industry, include: 1 in...

UK construction sees sharp rise in activity for September

UK construction sees sharp rise in activity for September

Latest data from PMI has signalled another sharp increase in UK construction activity in September. According to the latest monthly survey from the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), September saw the quickest rise in new construction business since before the COVID lockdown. Firms have increased their purchasing activity at the quickest pace for nearly five years. And employment continued to fall, but...

Government launches biggest upgrade of nation’s buildings in a generation

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Homes, schools and hospitals across England are set to be greener and cheaper to run thanks to a £3 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s buildings Around 120,000 construction jobs are expected to be supported by the new government funding schemes launched today. Homeowners can sign up for big savings on upgrades to their homes under the government’s £2 billion Green...

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