The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has released a list of priorities for the construction industry.
The priorities the SEC Group would like to be addressed by policy makers in the next government are aimed at:
- Removing wasteful practices in order to make the industry more efficient
- Enabling SMEs to realise their full growth potential
- Improving standards across the industry
SEC Group outlines a number of priorities for the construction industry, including improving payment, reducing carbon emissions and overcoming the skills deficit.
According to the Business Department “late payment is more of an issue in construction than in other sectors”. The SEC Group said poor visibility of cash-flow, under-capitalisation of large companies and lengthy supply chains cultivate payment abuse which produces unnecessary cost within projects and, thus, waste.
The SEC Group advises government to make construction industry payment practices more efficient through wider use of project bank accounts and through the digitisation of the payment process, using tools to facilitate greater monitoring and auditing of payment processes.
Legislation requires that carbon emissions are reduced by 80% by 2050 and government has targeted a reduction of 50% by 2025.
As much as 60% of UK carbon emissions are from buildings. The SEC Group advices government to encourage incentives for carbon efficiency, to adopt a carbon audit of the public sector estate prior to commencing a programme of retrofit and to make expertise available to property owners by not-for-profit advisory bodies.
SEC Group aso urged government to deliver sustained growth by attracting new talent into the sector, ranging from young people and apprentices through to adult trainees and experienced workers who move to construction from other sectors and require re-skilling or training to undertake specialised roles.
SEC Group is an umbrella body comprising the industry’s trade associations, which include Plumbing and Heating Contractors Alliance; British Constructional Steelwork Association; Electrical Contractors’ Association; and Building & Engineering Services Association.