Features and Analysis
It’s no secret that the UK construction industry relies heavily on migrant labour.
The industry must face up to some simple truths if it’s ever to end the chronic skills crisis
Each week, CN commissions opinions from people working across the sector in a variety of disciplines. Here are the five most-read comment pieces of 2018.
2019 will be a significant year for the UK construction skills landscape.
As the government launches its new skills-based immigration system, Construction News picks out the key points.
Having worked in construction for more than two decades, I recently received – for the first time ever – a truly diverse set of job applications for a vacancy in my team.
2019 is shaping up to be quite the year for UK construction.
Occupational health continues to climb up the industry’s agenda. A panel of health, safety and environment experts came together to define the problem, the barriers to progress and how it could address other key issues such as productivity.
The construction industry is divided into two groups of people.
Walk down most UK high streets and you’ll see that 21st century Britain is a marvellous melting pot of colours, backgrounds, creeds and cultures.
Despite the revelations that construction has the UK’s worst gender pay gap, there is a chronic lack of data on what could be an even bigger disparity. Lucy Alderson finds out why ethnicity pay gaps need the industry’s attention.
The government is showing that its focus on modern slavery is here to stay. Michelle Essen and Chris Hoile highlight why best practice will be increasingly crucial.
‘The sad story of Romanians in construction’ was one headline suggestion for this week’s CN investigation into modern slavery.
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
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.
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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