The black market in identity documents is set to soar as the deadline for construction workers to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme looms.
European citizens who can currently work in the UK without additional documentation have until July 1 to apply for the scheme.
Tax status and employment contract services specialist Hudson Contract warned that “the government has effectively outsourced enforcement of the new immigration regime to the public and private sector” with organi
A shortage of lorry drivers is intensifying the construction materials crisis as sites struggle to get deliveries to fuel booming demand. The latest update from industry leaders highlighted growing problems in the haulage industry. A statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products Association said: “The availability of hauliers is a particular issue over the past months and it is clear that this is no
A construction company has been fined after a worker’s hand was severed by an inadequately guarded mitre saw on a construction site in Bolney, Sussex. Lewes Magistrates’ Court heard that on 9 January 2019, a worker installing a skirting board in a new build house was using a powered mitre saw to cut material to length. An investigation by the Health and Safety (HSE), found that there was a systematic failure to ensure the mitre saw was properly guarded, and there was insuffic
Pagabo has issued a prior information notice (PIN) for its newest framework design for civils and infrastructure projects within the built environment The framework will run for four years, with the option to extend to a further two years and will allow local authorities and public sector bodies to procure a range of projects such as rail, nuclear, bridges, roads, maritime, water, and power projects. Jason Stapley, Pagabo managing director, said: “Other areas that will be cov
The government's proposed planning reforms will not speed up housebuilding or make the process cheaper, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published a report urging the government to reconsider the reforms, which include a zonal approach for planning and replacing Section 106 with a national infrastructure levy. A Section 106 is a legal agreement between an applicant seeking planning permission and the
The construction industry has bounced back from the Covid-19 pandemic and should reach 2019 levels of output in 2022, but by 2025, the industry will need to recruit an additional 217,000 new workers just to meet demand. The CITB Construction Skills Network (CSN) 2021-25 report predicts a growing contribution to come from repair, maintenance and improvement work, as retrofitting existing buildings to meet net-zero emissions targets becomes more important. According to the CSN,
Contractors wanting to bid for public works jobs will have to pledge to be net zero by 2050 under new Government rules. From 30 September, contractors seeking to bid projects worth more than £5m a year will have to publish clear and credible carbon reduction plans before being considered. The move mirrors the prompt payment measure introduced in 2019, which allowed a contractor’s performance in paying their subcontractors promptly to be taken into account when bidding for gov
When googling “construction project delays” you get 84.8 million articles that contain reasons, causes, advice and even research journals on the subject. It is well known, as an industry, we are not good at finishing projects on time or to budget and yet, it is one of the most important need factors for clients. The consequences of delays can mean cash flow issues, time spent readjusting plans, communication nightmares, job changes and the unlikelihood of repeat business for
Listed civils contractor nmcn has announced a fourth increase in predicted losses to the stock market this time to £24m. The latest trading update this morning also warned that “the company will need to consider all appropriate options” if ongoing refinancing talks fail. Losses for 2020 were predicted at £15m last October then £16.5m in December and £22m in February. The update said: “Activity levels across the business are reasonable however we are dealing with some performa