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Tuesday29 July 2014

NEW ANALYSIS

Skills gap news analysis

Training to nowhere

11 Jul 14

Plenty of young people across the UK are signing up for construction training - the real problem, according to a report out today, is that many are taking courses that simply don’t meet the industry’s needs.

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The London housing problem

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The industry has made great strides in adopting BIM since the government said it would be a compulsory part of public sector work by 2016. However, news the task group driving uptake is soon to be wound down is shaking confidence that the deadline will be hit

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What next for Balfour Beatty?

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Workers of the World unite

Bosses of employee-owned companies claim greater engagement and increased profitability. So why isn’t everyone doing it?

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Fair payment charter: Cheque’s in the post

Few issues are more contentious in construction than payment practices. So will a new fair payment charter that asks contractors to commit to shorter payment times actually work - or merely add to the pile of previous failed attempts to reform the industry?

The squeeze is on

Tax changes for temporary site workers

In a radical move that seems bound to increase labour costs, the government is clamping down on temporary site workers claiming to be self-employed. And as if that wasn’t bad enough news for construction companies using this kind of labour, they’ve only got two weeks to prepare for the change

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Budget 2014: Over to you, George

Ahead of next week’s Budget, Building looks at the measures the construction industry can expect to emerge from Osborne’s red box

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Flooding: 'We're planning for the wrong future'

As recent events have starkly illustrated, the UK can no longer ignore the growing risk of floods. But what can planners and designers do to manage our rising water levels? Here four of the country’s leading experts give their views

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Skills shortages: Let the right ones in

With the upturn in work has come predictions of a skills shortage. But the CIC’s Jack Pringle thinks the need for architects, QSs and engineers is already so critical that we should be sourcing them from outside the UK and Europe

Paul Sheffield - Kier

Kier boss hints he's leaving construction

Chief executive Paul Sheffield says he is excited about using his skills to do “something completely different”

What goes around …

Procurement: Facing the consequences

For five years some clients have been taking advantage of the downturn by dumping risk on contractors and screwing them down on price. But now things are on the up, is the supply chain hitting back?

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Green Deal: One year on

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Mark Reynolds

Dear next prime minster …

Agenda 15 is Building’s campaign to influence the next government by telling politicians what construction needs to be able to thrive. To get you thinking, we’ve asked four senior figures in the sector what single policy change they would most like to see adopted by the next government

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The truth about spending on flood protection

The government claims that flood protection spending is rising, but as the UK towels itself off after yet another deluge, the public is understandably sceptical. So what’s the real story?

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Construction and immigration: Have your say

With the immigration debate raging, Building wants to hear the views of the construction sector on the issue

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