Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC
May02

Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC

Less than one in three women are given protective clothing and equipment specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC last Friday. So why do employers need to consider men and women differently when it comes to PPE? “PPE cannot protect a worker from hazards if it does not fit. Equipment designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition”, says...

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Group risk products to support mental health could reduce risk of suicide in the building and construction industry, says GRiD
Mar23

Group risk products to support mental health could reduce risk of suicide in the building and construction industry, says GRiD

Construction workers more likely to commit suicide than die in a fall Tragically, research has identified that people working in the construction industry are six times more more likely to die by suicide in the construction industry than from falls. At a time when the sector needs as much support as possible for the mental health of their staff, Group Risk Development (GRiD) – the industry body for the group risk industry –...

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Young Women’s Trust urges employers to “be bold for change” in male-dominated sectors
Mar08

Young Women’s Trust urges employers to “be bold for change” in male-dominated sectors

Construction companies Balfour Beatty and Wates today, on International Women’s Day, took the Young Women’s Trust pledge to recruit more women to their apprenticeship programmes – and the charity is urging more employers to join them. The charity’s research has found that young women are often shut out of male-dominated sectors like construction and engineering due to gender stereotypes. Young women who have gone into male-dominated...

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Report claims modern slavery practices ‘common’ in Construction Industry
Sep06

Report claims modern slavery practices ‘common’ in Construction Industry

The global construction industry faces a “strong risk” of modern slavery, according to a new report by LexisNexis BIS. The report, called Hidden in Plain Site – Modern Slavery in the Construction Industry, analysed articles from more than 6,000 licensed news sources in more than 100 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, Africa and Asia between January 2015 and May 2016. It shows that throughout the global...

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Brexit impact on construction ‘red herring’, covering decline in skills says One Way
Aug04

Brexit impact on construction ‘red herring’, covering decline in skills says One Way

Despite the latest PMI survey results, which show the UK construction industry is showing a “clear loss in momentum” for the second quarter, leading recruitment experts in the sector claim that despite a ‘natural hesitation’ to invest since the Brexit vote, the biggest problem the sector faces is worsening skills shortages, rather than uncertainty over Brexit. A number of commentators have suggested that the...

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Construction sector needs to attract more women, says One Way
Jul18

Construction sector needs to attract more women, says One Way

Construction firms must look to become more attractive places for women to work if they want to beat the skills shortages, says One Way. Whilst there are women working in the sector already, the construction industry is often perceived as a ‘lads environment’, a factor which can create barriers to recruitment – and in an industry where talent is in short supply, with European recruitment opportunities set to reduce...

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Government construction targets impossible due to a lack of ‘feet on the ground’
May12

Government construction targets impossible due to a lack of ‘feet on the ground’

A lack of manpower is the biggest concern for the Government in meeting construction targets, according to construction and rail recruitment specialists, One Way. This comes in light of a recent survey from property consultants McBains Cooper which revealed that just three in ten of England’s housebuilders believe the Government’s target of building one million homes by 2020 can be achieved. The report listed the biggest barriers as...

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The 5 Key Skills Construction is Crying Out For
May05

The 5 Key Skills Construction is Crying Out For

Five of the most in demand roles within the construction industry are all suffering from skills shortages, according to a study by One Way Resourcing. The quarterly analysis by the construction and rail recruitment specialist outlined five of the most sought after roles across the construction, civil engineering and housebuilding fields. The sector, which is already facing significant shortages, is likely to be stretched to full...

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Construction workers still in demand despite blip but skills shortages rife, says recruiter
Apr28

Construction workers still in demand despite blip but skills shortages rife, says recruiter

Demand for construction specialists will remain strong despite a downturn in output, according to One Way. An analysis by the rail and construction recruitment specialist outlined how the drop in output is a temporary blip caused in part by uncertainty over the EU referendum along with public spending cuts. One Way found that, despite this drop, demand for construction professionals should continue to remain stable over the coming...

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