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Brexit – The show goes on…

Brexit – The show goes on…

If nothing else, the lead up to Brexit has been entertaining, with daily headlines screaming out the latest complication. It was never going to be a straightforward deal and while some politicians may be confident of a positive outcome, it’s fairly certain commerce and industry don’t agree. Between all the political wrangling there is a…

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Leadership shakeup – is it enough to move construction forward?

Leadership shakeup – is it enough to move construction forward?

In recent months there has been a lot of movement in the upper echelons of construction. While some executives were forced to move on due to a corporate reshuffle, other chose to resign and take up perceivably better opportunities. But is this really making an impact on construction? It’s all well and good to ‘trim…

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What’s the big deal with the gender pay gap?

What’s the big deal with the gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap is not something the construction industry likes to talk about. Mostly because whenever statistics are released, they’re named as one of the biggest offenders. The average median hourly pay gap for women across all industries is 18.4%. However, in construction this ramps up to 25%. For some individual main contractors the…

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The Great Divide – The large tech implementation gap.

The Great Divide – The large tech implementation gap.

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of technology and BIM and how various digital solutions can help make construction safer and more efficient. But the number of companies forging ahead and actually implementing this technology seem to be in the minority. When asking industry role players why, the answer that is consistently…

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What skills are needed to drive digital transformation in construction?

What skills are needed to drive digital transformation in construction?

It is almost as if the construction industry is scrambling to find the panacea that will turn around its fortunes. Amid all the headlines forecasting doom and gloom with regards to Brexit, and reports highlighting less than impressive output, digital transformation consistently comes up as a suggested solution to the industry’s problems. But is it?…

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Infrastructure output flagged as a concern following Crossrail delays

Infrastructure output flagged as a concern following Crossrail delays

The announcement of a 9 month delay to the opening of the much anticipated new Crossrail project in London, not only made headlines in July 2018. It also highlighted a major concern in the infrastructure industry: Governments inability to deliver on major flagship infrastructure projects. With cost over runs in excess of £600m, it’s certainly…

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How can Tier 1 Main Contractors shape the industry for the better?

How can Tier 1 Main Contractors shape the industry for the better?

In decades past, industry performance was gauged by how the big players were performing, and since 2008 there have been few positive results. However, a new trend is emerging, with mid-size contractors showing higher margins and better productivity, despite the continuing challenging economic times. It’s been a wake-up call for the industry, and particularly tier…

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A High Speed dream that’s fast becoming an ugly reality

A High Speed dream that’s fast becoming an ugly reality

Back in 2009, when the idea of a high speed railway linking the north and south of Britain was introduced, it sounded like a fine idea. It would cut travel time between major commercial centres and provide much needed infrastructure and investment all along the route. However, 10 years down the line the project has…

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How big a slice do the big cheeses get – and are they worth it?

How big a slice do the big cheeses get – and are they worth it?

As many of the tier one contractors continue to post poor profit margins the question can be asked: Are the top execs really earning their keep? Interserve’s CEO came under fire earlier this year for drawing a large bonus when the company continued to report massive losses. Compare the tables below  against financial results in…

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Be prepared to pay more

Be prepared to pay more

If contractors thought their margins were tight before, they’re about to get worse. As the Brexit deadline looms and the governments are no closer to a deal, companies are being warned that they should prepare for the worst. But what does this “worst” look like and what will be the direct impacts on profits? Supply…

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Fit for purpose – The Construction Act

Fit for purpose – The Construction Act

While a great deal of noise has been made about retentions and late payments in recent months, it seems not a lot has changed. Despite promises to the contrary, subcontractors are still feeling the pressure of balancing cash flows. With the biggest main contractors reporting slim to no profits the chances of them making good…

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Heath check – Why it’s about more than showing a profit

Heath check – Why it’s about more than showing a profit

As Carillion has shown, posting large profits isn’t necessarily the best measure of success. Just months after doing just that, they closed their doors, the impact of which is still being felt in the industry. So if profits or even revenues aren’t the best measure of success, what is? What will give clients and subcontractors…

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