Conflict avoidance pledge has been signed by 50 groups
A pledge has been launched by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and has received more than 50 signatures from industry bodies.
The conflict avoidance pledge has been created in a bid to deter from construction and engineering disputes.
RICS announced that the pledge is a “voluntary commitment [to] self-assessment [that is] open to any organisation or firm, regardless of size or location”.
The Conflict Avoidance Coalition Steering Group, a group commitment to reducing the costs associated with conflicts, were responsible for creating the initiative.
The pledge received signatures from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) United Kingdom, Transport for London, Network Rail, and the Charted Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
“Too often, employers encourage contractors to submit compliant bids for the best price. Contractors, on the other hand, apply a commercial strategy to win the bid,” stated John Fletcher, Poduct Group Director for Alternative Dispute Resolution at RICS.
“Both sides then seek to manage contracts to their terms. The result is a recipe for disputes, which is built into contracts before they even start.”
“It is only when the industry unites to tackle these all too common issues that we can deliver real change.”
“We look forward to more organisations and companies joining our campaign by signing up to the pledge and making the running of construction and engineering projects, hopefully across the world, more streamlined.”
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.