Features and Analysis
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.
The National College for High Speed Rail opened two sites 12 months ago. One year on, funding and student shortfalls have raised questions about its viability.
What happens when the standards of a professional body are at odds with those of the Institute for Apprenticeships? Binyamin Ali examines how the resulting turf war is damaging the industry’s skills pipeline.
Working 80-hour weeks and 18-hour days are just some of the on-the-job experiences shared with CN. Just how dangerous is this long-hours culture for health and safety? Lucy Alderson investigates.
Our industry has a voracious appetite for skilled workers.
The date for leaving the European Union is fast approaching.
More than 100 years ago, the British were at the height of influence for ambitious construction and infrastructure projects including housing, railways, sewers and tunnels.
I’m often asked why, in the current arena of inclusion and diversity, we still need organisations like Women in Property.
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