Although the decision around Pimlico Plumbers and the rights of gig economy workers is the most important contractor-related story to hit the news in the last few weeks, a few other items have certainly piqued our interest. From digital security breaches that highlight the importance of protecting data you hold to announcements of layoffs at some of the UK’s biggest manufacturers, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. Read on for more.
Will the steel and aluminium tariffs introduced recently imposed by the USA impact contractors working with those materials in the UK? For many it remains to be seen, but the move is deeply concerning for the construction industry. The availability and price of necessary materials will undoubtedly have an impact on construction companies which, in turn, will impact those they employ. We’ll be watching this one with interest.
The debate around how Brexit might impact contractors in the UK has been rumbling on for a while now, but we’re starting to see a few signs of the possible implications it might have. For any contractors working in the automotive industry, the first warning signs are starting to appear.
The UK’s car component industry faces an uncertain future as European businesses are advised to avoid using British parts for export goods ahead of Brexit. The Dutch government has issued advice to all businesses in The Netherlands, Sky News reported, warning exporters they may lose free trade access under existing deals “if a large part of your product consists of parts from the UK”.
“Engineering firm Rolls-Royce is to cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years as part of a major reorganisation. Middle managers and back-office staff are to bear the brunt of the cuts, which are expected to hit its Derby base hard.
The company is refocusing its business on civil aerospace, defence and power systems. About a third of the job cuts are expected to happen by the end of this year, Rolls-Royce said.”
“A branch of GCHQ, Britain’s intelligence and security service, is investigating one of the UK’s biggest data breaches at a single firm, involving unauthorised access to 5.9 million Dixons Carphone customers’ cards.
The National Cyber Security Centre said it was working alongside the retailer and other agencies after the attack, which also involved unauthorised access to 1.2m personal records of Dixons Carphone customers.”
“Jaguar Land Rover is moving all production of its Land Rover Discovery SUV to Slovakia from a plant near Birmingham, England, which will be retooled to accommodate a new generation of electric cars.
Britain’s biggest carmaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., will create a new factory platform at its Solihull plant that will enable the production of cars in electric, gasoline and diesel versions, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be named because the information isn’t public. All Discovery production will be gone from the U.K. by early 2019, resulting in possible job cuts at the Solihull plant before it ramps up staffing again.”