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RCI January 2018

EDITOR’S COMMENT RCIMAG.COM JANUARY 2018 005 Happy new year! What does 2018 have in store? Looking back on 2017, the roofing sector certainly had a lot to contend with. We had the continuing issue of the housing shortage, compounded by the skills shortage, significant price increases, raw material shortages, and of course the Grenfell tragedy, one of the worst urban disasters in Britain’s history. Following Grenfell, there will no doubt be a shake up in the construction industry in the coming years with regards to Building Regulations and fire safety. The Hackitt Review interim report found that “the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose.” This, the report said, “is a problem connected both to the culture of the construction industry and the effectiveness of the regulators”. Something needs to change. Speaking to contractors and manufacturers, the issues that are worrying them this year are the spectre of Brexit and its impact on consumer confidence and the skills shortage. Sarah Harding, marketing director at Marley Eternit, said: “Without a doubt, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome will be the labour shortage”. In the next ten years, 500,000 people are going to retire from the industry and this will be exacerbated by Britain’s exit from the EU. However, we can take comfort from a recent study by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which has shown that more young people in the UK are interested in a career in construction. Looking ahead, we think that 2018 will be a good year for the roofing sector, with the Government committing £44 billion to the largest housebuilding drive in decades and the promise of building 300,000 homes per year to fill the housing gap. Sarah said: “this is a great opportunity for roofing contractors, who may find themselves in the fortunate position of being able to choose which projects they want to work on.” This year, the construction industry will also take a step forward in terms of regulation and accreditation. We have the first ever Dry Fix standard coming early in 2018 and the NFRC and CITB also announced that they are collaborating on a new accreditation which aims to improve efficiency, upskill the workforce and attract new talent. The accreditation will launch this year and will see James Talman, CEO of the NFRC, setting a target of achieving 5,000 accredited roofers. At RCI we also have some news of our own in that we will be welcoming a new editor to the magazine. Matt Downs has moved on to pastures new. We are sad to lose Matt, but we look forward to welcoming Nichola Farrugia to the RCI team for the February issue. Holly Miles, RCI acting editor Overheard on Twitter Follow: @RCImag Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a wonderful 2018 inspiring more young people about #construction #backtowork @ConstructionYT @CITB_UK are conducting a survey in regards to how many EU born workers have returned to work after the Christmas break. It will help to understand the needs of the industry post #Brexit. It only takes 2-3 mins: http://bit.ly/2CHtgYE #Construction @BuildUK Our site team @WarwickSport @WarwickUni has attracted the next generation into construction by giving 100s of young people on-site work experience #CareersinConstruction #Midlands @WillmottDixon Did you know 76% of SMEs say it would have a negative impact on the health of their business if any of the EU workers they employ returned to their country of origin, now or post #Brexit ? http://go.fmb.co.uk/2CI3Fug @fmbuilders According to @FT, the construction industry has the largest difference between what they pay their male & female staff, with an average median gap of 24.6 per cent according to the latest data published on the UK government’s #genderpaygap http://on.ft.com/2EzNJf2 #construction @nfbuilders Winter working and staying safe - http://nfrc.co.uk/blog/nfrc-blog … #healthsafety #safesites #ConstructionUK @TheNFRC Inverted flat roofing systems carry a number of benefits, but one of the most impressive is their ability to provide functional, usable space on roofs. Read our SOPRAVOICE article now: http://ow.ly/wrRB30hnrEI @SopremaUK There are now more than one million small businesses operating in the UK #construction sector – up 32,000 in the last year: http://bit.ly/2CnE49X @UK_CW In collaboration with the Home Building Skills Partnership, CITB and Hamilton Deeds, NHBC is pleased to announce the release of several fully funded open courses in 2018. For more information, please click: http://www.hbf.co.uk/policy-activities/homebuilding skills-partnership/assistant-sitemanager contextualised-training-modules/ … @NHBC Jablite at the RCI Show 2017 – NOW in time lapse video http://ow.ly/KcdQ30hAZCQ #Roofing #RoofersRevolution #Construction @jablite T-level panels membership confirmed http://dlvr.it/Q8zCf0 #construction #news @TCIndex Industry pay rates: have your say - we want to hear from our members! This is your opportunity to let the NFB know what you think would be a fair industry pay award for the period 2018-2020. Complete the short survey by 17 January 2018 at 5 pm @nfbuilders


RCI January 2018
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