The key figures underpinning the biggest stories of the past seven days, including Aberdeen bypass job ads and yet more Carillion revelations.
15 hours – Aberdeen bypass shifts
A CN investigation uncovered numerous adverts posted by agencies on social media platforms for jobs involving shifts of 15 hours a day or 80 hours a week on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. The findings have prompted renewed calls for a government investigation into safety conditions on the project, after another CN investigation last month revealed that multiple workers on the troubled project quit due to stress and exhaustion related to the number of hours they worked.
£7.3m – Carillion’s CITB grant
The CITB’s latest accounts have revealed the companies that received the biggest grants in the 15 months to March, with Carillion topping the lot. In total, Carillion received £7.3m of grant funding in 2017 – £0.6m more than second-placed Kier and £2.3m more than the third-biggest recipient Laing O’Rourke. The CITB noted that the money given to Carillion covered the 12 months up until its liquidation in January.
£23m – PwC’s Carillion fee
The official receiver estimates that PwC will earn around £50m by the time the liquidation is complete. The revelation came as the MPs behind the Carillion joint inquiry released former CEO Richard Howson’s response to their final report, in which he accused the government and public sector bodies of withholding payment to Carillion and contributing to its collapse as a result.
47 – £12bn framework winners
The four-year £12bn framework is divided into three value-banded lots. Among the contractors to secure more than one spot are Amey, Bam, Bouygues, Graham, Interserve, Kier, Mace, Mears, Mitie, NG Bailey, Robertson, Skanska and Vinci.
37% – Buckingham turnover growth
Buckingham Group’s turnover has risen 37 per cent from £308.7m in 2014 to £423m in 2017, as reported this week. The company also posted profit growth of more than 20 per cent despite a “frustrating year” for its buildings division.
£30bn – Annual spending recommendation
The government’s infrastructure advisory body has called for £30bn to be invested every year in improving UK infrastructure through to 2050. The NIC urged the government to pledge at least 1.2 per cent of the country’s annual GDP to infrastructure spending between 2020 and 2050.