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CN investigates: Labour exploitation

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Black market construction exposed: Where modern slavery startsSubscription

By Zak Garner-Purkis

Sites across the UK are complicit in the exploitation of undocumented workers – most of them from overseas. CN has spent six months investigating the industry’s hidden black market – and why prosecutions are so rare

Feature: Skills

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Bogus workers and the hidden threat of site card fraudSubscription

A recent case has highlighted an emerging problem: bogus or fraudulently obtained skills cards are being used by workers to access sites. Binyamin Ali investigates the true scale of the problem – and how the industry is fighting back.

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Galliford's Carillion road takeover uncovers 12,000-year historySubscription

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass has required a staggering £10m of archaeological works as well as overcome the liquidation of its main contractor.

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Top 50 soars as McAlpine triumphs in OctoberSubscription

The monthly top 50 contractors league passed the £4bn mark for only the second time this year as Sir Robert McAlpine scooped a first win in 17 months.

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Week in numbers: Kier sale, HS2 cost and TfL lossSubscription

Kier’s Australian disposal, HS2 phase two savings, Crossrail delay losses: all the critical figures underpinning the week’s top stories.

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Dispute sums are soaring – so get yourself preparedSubscription

The average value of UK claims has overtaken the US and Europe. Deborah Ruff and Julia Kalinina Belcher give their top tips on avoiding and mitigating disputes.

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Why diverging contracts can leave tier ones exposedSubscription

Bespoke agreements can work but if tier ones amend a provision in one contract, they must make changes to others or risk finding themselves exposed, explains Alexandra Reid.