ONS construction dip ‘reflects EU uncertainty’

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has pointed towards uncertainty amongst businesses and consumers ahead of the EU referendum as a reason behind the latest fall in output within the construction industry.

Published 18 April 2016

Skills shortage ‘could jeopardise’ fastest construction SME growth since 2007

A boom in the Scottish construction industry is being threatened by the industry’s ongoing skills crisis, according to the latest survey of small and medium-sized (SME) firms.

Published 28 July 2015

Quarter of UK construction workers ‘keen to retrain’

Almost a quarter of British workers have thought about retraining or switching to a different career over the last year, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 8 June 2015

Housing targets threatened by skill shortages, warns FMB

Plans to alleviate Scotland’s housing crisis could be threatened by increasing shortages of bricks and bricklayers, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 28 April 2015

Confidence among Scottish firms up but skills ‘time bomb’ is ticking

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned of a ticking construction skills time bomb with skills shortages on the increase across a number of trades and professions.

Published 30 January 2015

UK skills shortage sees firms hiring £1k-a-week foreign bricklayers

Building companies in the UK have hired Portuguese bricklayers on £1,000-a-week wages because of a shortage of skilled Britons, a recruitment firm has said.

Published 9 December 2014

Huge amounts of late payments still written off by subcontractors

A survey by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) has revealed that late payments are still a problem for around half of all subcontractors.

Published 26 November 2014

Construction work slowdown in build-up to referendum vote

Small and medium construction businesses in Scotland suffered in the run-up to the independence referendum vote, research from the Federation of Master Builders has shown.

Published 17 October 2014

Public sector procurement seminars target kitchen and bathroom installers

Public sector procurement specialist LHC is hosting a series of free seminars for kitchen and bathroom installers looking for work on public sector contracts.

Published 13 October 2014