Monday, 23 January 2017

UK Construction Market Update - December


The Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI December report shows a positive end to 2016, which is led by the fastest rise in new order volumes since January 2016. The Index registered 54.2 in December 2016 an increase from 52.8 in October 2016, signalling a robust and accelerated expansion of overall construction output. Complementing this, the Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey shows that sales by the UK construction products manufacturing sector climbed for the 15th consecutive quarter in Q4 2016, achieving continuing growth going into 2017.

Friday, 20 January 2017

CSCS Highlights of 2016

In 2016 CSCS announced further changes to the scheme in line with the aim of ensuring a fully qualified workforce.

Profiled Route 
Profiled Route was used by construction site managers and supervisors who had onsite experience but did not hold nationally recognised, construction related supervisory or management qualifications. On this basis, Profiled Route did not support industry’s desire to qualify the workforce and CSCS stopped accepting Profiled Route applications from 1st April 2016. With the closure of Profiled Route all new applications for CSCS Black and Gold cards now require the applicant to complete an NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7.