• The changing construction sector

    The world around us is changing at a rapid rate. Driverless cars are set to carry us from location-to-location in a matter of years, numerous firms in sectors like architecture are using virtual reality to outline plans for major builds and the guy from ‘The Apprentice USA’ is leader of the free world. It’s an exciting time to be alive. But what is changing in the construction industry?

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  • Technology is here to save the construction industry

    Aside from political matters, the growth of technology and its potential impact is one of the hot topics around at the moment. The majority of the media focus usually hints that its potential impact will be largely negative and that, ultimately, technology in some form is coming to steal your job. However, a new report from PwC suggests that this certainly isn’t the case in construction at least and, in fact, tech could provide the impetus to spark the industry back into life and usher in a new era.

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  • The global rail industry in 2017

      For those of you who have been able to take your eyes off our Prime Minister’s attempts to sabotage her own election, you may have noticed that Kenya recently completed its largest infrastructure project in 50 years, a Chinese funded state railway connecting Nairobi with coastal city, Mombasa. However, that’s far from the only major rail project under development around the world:

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  • The World’s largest construction projects

     Regular readers of the construction press could be forgiven for feeling just a tad pessimistic. Productivity is rising, yes, but the number of people actually able to make projects happen is falling and very little being is done about it. That’s before we factor in that up to 200,000 professionals from the current workforce are set to leave the UK post-Brexit, potentially leaving us in an even more perilous situation. But we’ve decided to take a break from the negativity in the domestic market and instead look to the rest of the world, but what are some of the biggest engineering and construction projects taking place at the moment?

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  • Why the post-Brexit construction sector could be a lonely place

     We all know the construction sector isn’t stocked with talent. Numerous firms have reported trouble finding the skills they need to allow projects to go ahead and recent statistics suggest that two out of three building firms have had to turn away work because of the ongoing shortages.

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  • Why ‘brickie visas’ aren’t a good idea

     Skills shortages are rife in the construction and engineering industries, you won’t need us to tell you that. And with unemployment at a 12-year low, builders are struggling to find the people they need to allow projects to go ahead. Few realistic solutions have been put forward by trade bodies and employers, however Migration Watch UK has recently suggested the idea of ‘brickie visas’ in an attempt to retain some of the skills that are almost certainly going to be lost when the UK eventually leaves the EU.

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  • Construction is booming – But where are the workers?

     Anyone with a close eye on the construction sector will be aware that the Markit/CIPS UK Construction purchasing managers’ index, or PMI, rose to 53.1 in April, up on figures recorded in March and a considerable increase on economists’ expectations of 52.0. The growth has been credited to an increase in civil engineering and new home build activity with reports suggesting that there has been a “solid upturn” in new work received by UK construction companies.

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  • Top skills needed by construction project managers

     As you’ll already be aware, project managers play a vital role on site, and ensuring that a project is completed on time and within budget requires an incredibly diverse range of skills. The long list of responsibilities held by project managers, means that they need strong communication and leadership skills, and the ability be able to manage budgets, risk and resources. But what are the top five skills needed by project managers?

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  • The top five regions in need of construction skills

    We’ve spoken about the need to promote construction as a career of choice numerous times on our blog, but with skills shortages mounting and recent figures from global design, engineering and management consulting company, Arcadis indicating that a hard Brexit could result in the loss of over 214,000 EU construction specialists it’s clear that far more needs to be done to attract youngsters into the profession.

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  • Construction of new stadiums creates even greater demand for construction professionals

     As expectations of the modern stadium become ever greater, builds are becoming longer and increasingly complex, and as a result, demand for construction specialist is rising even further. Stadiums designs are expected to understand, and meet, the needs of the fans, incorporate innovative design elements and increasingly, include alternative sources of revenue. So which stadiums are meeting these new requirements and where is demand rising quickest?

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