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The Construction Industry reacts to Hung Parliament in 2017 Election

The Construction industry reacts to Hung Parliament in 2017 Election Following the result of a hung parliament on the 9th June, the industry have been speaking their minds on the issues unfolding. We’ve compiled the most influential Construction Sector opinions to offer an insight into how this could impact the market.

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Is the Apprenticeship Levy beneficial to the construction industry?

Is the Apprenticeship Levy beneficial to the construction industry? With the introduction of the governments new Apprenticeship Levy set to take place in April and the growing pressures of the skills shortage, we ask: can the new tax have a positive impact on the construction industry? So, what is the Apprenticeship Levy? In April all […]

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Could women help solve the trades skills shortage?

Could women help solve the trades skills shortage? Figures released by AXA insurance in February highlighted a massive lack of gender equality in the construction industry; with women making up a mere 5.2% of the current trades workforce.  We’ve taken a look at the key statistics to demonstrate some of the main issues from the report […]

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A Recruiter’s Perspective on the Farmer Report

Ionic Recruitment’s Managing Director, Martyn Makinson, talks to Future Constructor & Architect about the findings in the Farmer report and how it affects the construction recruitment industry. The Farmer report created a stir in the construction industry at the start of UK Construction Week, with looming headlines predicting the demise of the construction industry, rising […]

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Budget 2016 – Reaction to travel and subsistence allowance

Travel and Subsistence allowance changes in March 2016 Budget

Last week saw George Osborne deliver his latest budget to the country.  Contained within the budget was the formal announcement about the change to contract and freelance workers’ pay structures that he outlined in his previous budget.

The decision to implement the new legislation has a massive impact on the contract recruitment sector. We’ve spoken to Julia Kermode from the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) to comment on the new changes and she had the following to say….

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Skills shortages in Construction continue to bite

The job market is over-heating in the construction sector with skills shortages causing pressure, driving up costs and holding back growth.

One of the most noticeable effects of the skills shortage is that competition for skilled people has resulted in a race to the bottom of who can pay the most to subcontractors and new employees and with deeper pockets, larger construction companies will be at an advantage.

Smaller developers will find that they can’t compete with the larger companies and struggle take on more work as their margins shrink due to labour costs.

On an individual level, companies would do well to remember that salary isn’t everything to attracting talent. In our experience, whether it is a tradesperson or management, people often place work environment and none financial benefits over a large salary.

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