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Future of Construction

Dec, 2018

The construction industry is suffering from a skills shortage, slim margins and low productivity, but help is at hand in the form of new technologies and innovative materials. The Future of Construction special report, published in The Times, explores how building information modelling, or BIM, can tackle short-termism, how contech startups help firms transform to digital processes and seven of the biggest innovations changing the sector. It covers the threat posed by organised crime and the sustainability offered by buildings constructed as material banks. Also featured is an infographic showing the relationship between immigration and non-UK skilled labour, and comment on variations in the regulation of commercial and residential properties


The construction sector is heavily reliant on migrant workers and imported skilled labour. Currently, 15 per cent of the UK construction workforce are non-UK workers, rising to over half in London (52 per cent). As Brexit approaches, what is the current reliance on international labour in the industry and how is this going to change?