Features and Analysis
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
The big challenges ahead – skills shortages, boosting productivity, adapting to Brexit – are driving a demand for change.
It’s been a busy few weeks in politics with the party conference season, and the government has been keen to demonstrate that it is working to build a better future for Britain.
The Daily Mail calls it a revolution, but what impact could the government’s latest proposals really have on the industry? John Hayes assess the plans.
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