CN investigates: Labour exploitation
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
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.
The Lincoln Eastern Bypass has required a staggering £10m of archaeological works as well as overcome the liquidation of its main contractor.
‘The sad story of Romanians in construction’ was one headline suggestion for this week’s CN investigation into modern slavery.
The experiences people described in such detail in CN’s report on labour exploitation are sadly more common than they should be in the construction industry.
With the Planning (Scotland) Bill expected to introduce secondary legislation for a local infrastructure levy, key policy considerations must now be made.
The only certainties in life may be death and taxes, but for contractors there is the risk of another constant: high costs and low margins.
In construction, the majority hang up their hi-vis vests and retire at 65, but the industry can no longer afford to let this happen automatically.
Last month, housing secretary James Brokenshire announced a ban on combustible cladding on all new residential buildings above 18 metres.
Following Carillion’s collapse in January, the Budget marked the beginning of the end for the private finance initiative (PFI) and private finance 2 (PF2).
The industry is facing a once-in-a-generation opportunity for transformation, one that can establish the UK as a role model and service provider for construction around the world.
Given it was the chancellor’s last Budget before the UK leaves the EU, it was never going to be packed full of long-term spending decisions.
Returning to the construction industry after taking a long career break to start a family provoked mixed emotions for me, of both trepidation and excitement.
The construction sector has a plastic problem.
Take a quick glance around your office and think about what you actually spend your time doing all day.
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.
On Friday it was announced that Crossrail’s chief executive Simon Wright was to be replaced by Mark Wild – the project’s third chief executive this year. CN examines the backdrop to the latest change at the top.
There were plenty of announcements in the chancellor’s 2018 Budget that will have an impact on the construction industry.
After Wylfa’s developer announced three more appointments this week, CN recaps what the plans involve, who’s on site and what happens next.
Manchester is providing a wealth of work for contractors to target – but who is already working on the city’s biggest schemes and which jobs should companies keep an eye on?
Interserve revealed today that it made a £6m pre-tax loss for the first half of 2018.
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.
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.