Jordan Marshal - Building
According to the social media platform’s Workforce Confidence Index (WCI), those working in the industry are less optimistic about their futures than they were a month ago. They had previously been the country’s most confident about their personal employment situations.
But they now lag behind a number of others including IT and finance.
Education Up Most
But confidence has risen most in the last month among those working in the education sector – their score this time around is 19, up from nine last time.
Recreation and Travel
Those working in recreation and travel are also feeling more optimistic – a score of just 10 is more than double the four recorded last time.
The index gives a score ranging from -100 to 100. The overall score for the UK workforce, based on 3,367 responses from 29 June to 26 July, is 16. When this score was broken out into its three component areas – jobs, finances and career prospects – workers feel most optimistic about their ability to get or hold onto a job, with a score of 30.
In contrast, when asked how confident professionals feel about their ability to improve their financial situation in the next six months, the score was just five.
When asked how confident they feel about their ability to progress in their career in the next year, professionals returned a score of 13.
Learn & Earn with DfMA
Applying DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) to lightweight structures defines the process of taking these to the next level. For example, standard designs from our very low rise ‘SolidLox’ brand enable us to provide buildings that do not require massive foundations and which can avoid harming tree roots while delivering on time and within budget.
Such projects require a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development – and to those who just ‘talk about it’!
Saving Waste – from Concept to Clearance
Modular Off-site MMC SIP & Timber Frame structures provide excellent ways to save waste and deliver top energy rated homes. Working with architects, planners and environmentalists to satisfy all types of design, we are already well on the way to incorporating waste reduction measures into our procedures and processes. This means our ‘Volumetric’ and ‘Flat pack’ modular building solutions envisaging ultimate demolition and clearance can ‘tread lightly on the earth’ as we adapt business innovations and developments to environmental needs.
Partnering for Modular Progress
All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.