Research recently conducted by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) on agency workers highlights the fact that many are unaware of their rights and are afraid of raising concerns. It is right, and valid, that Acas has brought this important issue to the fore, and begs the question: Why are agency workers so ill informed of their rights?
As the nation prepares for the closest general election in living memory, it’s an opportune moment to take a look at what can be done to support growth in the sector.
Rail freight, which offers a key service to the construction industry, has seen an upsurge in rail borne demand for aggregates and cement. Construction traffic increased by 17% during the year 2013/14 and continued to grow this year with a 9% increase over the previous year for the first quarter of 2014.
You wouldn’t think a saying from a fictional pirate would have much relevance in the real world, but sadly the quote attributed to Captain Jack Sparrow: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem,” sums up one of the biggest challenges facing today’s supply chain: an inflexible mindset.
According to the Property Data Report 2013* there is £80 billion worth of warehousing in the UK. But, at any one time, how much of it is lying dormant, unutilised?