5th November 2017
New Year, New Industry focus? This month has seen a number of positive announcements which will help ensure the construction industry move from strength to strength in the coming years. This Round-up brings news of a united front in the wake of BREXIT, as well as a government productivity boost for the industry.
With BREXIT negotiations in full swing, seven of the construction industry’s major trade bodies have come together to set out what they believe to be the sector’s responsibilities and requirements post-Brexit. The Manifesto included the need to recruit and train more UK workers to reduce the risks faced by the industry’s reliance on migrant workers.
With the UK Government in a bid to boost productivity, Construction has been selected as one of the industries in which the government will place its focus. On the back of this announcement, the government commented “The government and the construction sector, through the Construction Leadership Council, have agreed a Sector Deal to transform the productivity of the sector benefiting the wider economy. The deal will substantially boost the sector’s productivity, through greater investment in innovation and skills, creating new and well-paid jobs and maximising its export potential.”
New figures have highlighted a downturn in construction activity in London. On a whole, the number of projects in central London has dropped to a three-year low. It has been suggested that delays are due to BREXIT and rising material costs. With plans in place to future-proof the industry ahead of BREXIT, this may well be something government and industry officials are looking at rectifying.
In other news and on a lighter note this month, a forward thinking safety wear specialist has launched a new range of thermal hats designed specifically to be worn under hard hats. For those of you out on site this winter, we’re sure these will definitely be on your Christmas list!