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Can the UK develop the skills construction needs?

In the lead up to Brexit and in the wake of sweeping immigration changes, the construction industry warned that losing access to EU and other foreign workers could place it at a disadvantage. Already in 2018, predictions were that there weren’t sufficient skills to replace those senior executives who would be up for retirement in…

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Brexit trade deal and the impacts on construction

Following rounds of unfruitful negotiations over the past years, and as the Brexit deadline on 1 January 2021 loomed, many companies were preparing for the implications of a no-deal Brexit. But just 7 days before the deadline, an agreement was finally reached. There are still many changes ahead, and companies will need to prepare for…

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What will a no-deal Brexit mean for UK Construction?

With just two months to go until the UK says goodbye to the European Union, there’s a strong likelihood it’s going to be an unceremonious no-deal Brexit. Despite months and years of negotiations agreement on trade deals have not be reached and this is going to have a direct impact on many industries. For construction…

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Let’s do more work with less workers?!

On the back of Brexit there have been many ambitious promises made. Promises for better infrastructure, promises for facilitating a transition to clean energy, promises to deliver affordable housing and public facilities such as hospitals. Not to mention the controversial go-ahead for HS2. All of these have one thing in common: A promise to build…

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The disaster of being in limbo

It’s a strange time of year, especially now in the week between Christmas and New Year. It feels like you should be on holiday even if you’re not. Business seems to slow down and it’s almost as if everyone is waiting for the New Year to start. Generally the time spent working is not the…

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A direct labour force – is this the change construction needs to secure its future?

Traditionally the construction industry has relied heavily on contract labourers, many of them immigrants and workers from the EU. Now with the turmoil that is Brexit, it’s shining a spotlight on labour sources. If the UK institutes more stringent immigration laws then many existing contract workers may face deportation and not be allowed to continue…

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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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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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Brexit: Planning for the unknown

While the news carries reports of continued failure of Governments on both sides to reach agreement terms for Brexit, the deadline continues to creep closer. In just over 7 months, with or without an agreement in place, Britain will no longer be part of the EU. And exactly what this will look like in business…

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Is the perfect storm building in the UK’s construction industry?

With more than 154 000 construction workers in the UK currently from the EU (According to ONS data for the period 2014 to 2016), and 500 000 senior workers expected to retire from the industry in the next decade, the construction industry will be hard pressed to avert a skills shortage in the short and medium term….

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