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Black market construction exposed: Where modern slavery startsSubscription

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

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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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What's next for CSCS cards?Subscription

With so much recent change to the certification scheme, chief executive Graham Wren summarises the strategy and sets out what the future will hold.

Steel prices: What's driving them and what's next?

Steel prices: What's driving them and what's next?Subscription

Trump’s tariffs, Chinese over-production and Brexit: Steel is at the centre of global geopolitics. What does this mean for the price of steel? Binyamin Ali and Lucy Alderson report

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A new credit crunch? What’s next for bank lending to constructionSubscription

In 2015, outstanding loans to construction firms stood at just over £37bn. By August this year, they had fallen to £32.6bn. Why does lending appear to be in decline and where is this trend heading? Lucy Alderson investigates.

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Tier one performance: Data reveals fewer projects built on timeSubscription

Looking at one of the most challenging periods for construction on record, a new report reveals the full impact on the industry’s key performance indicators.

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Fight for fit-out: Smaller jobs open new battlefrontSubscription

ISG subsidiary Agility is barely two years old and turning over £80m a year. So why are smaller fit-out firms having success and who’s competing in this space? Binyamin Ali investigates

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Ex-offenders: The solution to the skills crisis?Subscription

The Ministry of Justice wants ex-offenders to enter construction as it tries to reduce re-offending rates. But what exactly is being done and can it be successful? Lucy Alderson visits HMP Brixton to find out more

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Procurement 2.0: How a Scottish model is conquering EnglandSubscription

An innovative approach to public sector procurement that started in Scotland is now making waves for two English councils on the south coast – with major implications for public clients.

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Drugs and alcohol: What's happening on site?Subscription

A third of construction operatives have seen someone under the influence on site. Lucy Alderson speaks to workers and experts to identify where enforcement is falling short and assess the scale of the problem.

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