Construction Industry

Allies or competition?

by mel starrs on May 15, 2007

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Strange things going on in the industry. I note that CIBSE can now count EC Harris as members. EC Harris would generally be seen as allies of building services engineers, being primarily project managers, quantity surveyors and land development experts. It’s a trend I see more and more. At the larger end of the market, […]

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10 years of New Labour

by mel starrs on April 25, 2007

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Interesting precis of the past 10 years by Construction Journal here – the message is good, but could do better. (Labour) has given construction 10 years of steady workload, without the peaks and troughs of previous decades. And on the back of this, everyone in the industry has benefited, with pay increases comfortably above the […]

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Skills shortage

by mel starrs on April 18, 2007

in The Profession

I’ve had many a conversation over the past few months lamenting the lack of engineers available for hire at senior and associate level. These figures from 2004 show that we’re not imagining this shortfall – look at the massive gap in age bracket 40-44: General concensus is that in the early 90’s when the industry […]

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Mystic Mel…

by mel starrs on March 20, 2007

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Some cosmic vibes must have been passing my way when I posted this (8 March).  An email landed in the inbox this week to let me know that on the 7 March: SummitSkills completed Stage 1 of its Sector Skills Agreement ‘Horizon’ project last week with a prestigious and creative conference that informed delegates of progress […]

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Top 10 firms web presence

by mel starrs on March 20, 2007

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Can you answer the following questions for your company’s website? How well marketed, and popular the website is How well designed and built the website is How accessible the website is, particularly to those with disabilities How satisfying the website is likely to be Silktide have a nifty little tool called sitescore which will give […]

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Sunday Times Top 100 Companies

by mel starrs on March 12, 2007

in The Profession

It’s that time of the year again – some companies rate it of more use than IIP accreditation for staff recruitment and retention – the Sunday Times Best 100 companies to work for. The pick of the industry below:    2007 2006 Employer Sector   16 14 Drivers Jonas Property   17 16 King Sturge Property   27 […]

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I’m deep into research for the dreaded MBA dissertation and I thought I’d share my new found knowledge with you all. For instance, did you know prior to 1982, ACE and RIBA fee scales were in place in the UK and the markets for both engineering consultancy and architecture were fixed? I had no idea […]

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Found via Contract Journal, BBC2 are showing a series of programmes on Workskills in the Construction Industry. Full Program: 0200  The Complete Guide The construction industry is a leading employer with a huge range and variety of jobs and it needs more recruits than any other sector – 80,000 over the next four years. Find […]

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CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) have published the results (pdf) of a survey of 1400 construction professionals. From their press release: The World Bank has estimated the cost of corruption to the global economy at US$1.5 trillion a year. More specifically corruption in the Great British construction industry could cost anywhere up to £3 billion […]

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