Feedback Ellis Fox Blog

Interview feedback – why it’s better than silence

You’re busy, you have work priorities to focus on, so why should you take the time to respond to candidates who you have no intention of hiring? What difference will it make to them or to the company anyway? A lot, as it turns out! Put yourself in their shoes Job hunting and going for…

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Management soft skills Ellis Fox Blog

What soft skills can help your career progression?

The marketplace is changing. Whereas once the focus was on qualifications, skills and experience, today companies are looking for more. Knowledge isn’t much use if you can’t disseminate it to your team and get them to implement your vision. So let’s talk for a minute about soft skills and why they are a key element…

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Move jobs Ellis Fox Blog

Should you change jobs?

The thinking used to be, get a degree, get a job and become an expert in that field. Certainly that is something to aspire to, but the market place has changed. Job security, for one, is a thing of the past. Between volatile market conditions and disruptive technologies, companies and professionals alike are needing to…

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Decisive hiring Ellis Fox Blog

Hire right, decide now

Don’t underestimate the value of decisive hiring. If you want to be able to hire the top talent in the industry, you need to be prepared to move quickly. Top candidates are not the type to sit around and wait for things to come their way. They’re proactive and decisive and they move quickly once…

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Candidate experience Ellis Fox Blog

Hiring? Be prepared to be interviewed too

While most candidates do still feel a twinge of nervousness when going for a job interview, they are no longer the only ones in the hot seat. Today the interview process is a two way street where the candidates are also assessing their options and deciding if your company is one that they want to…

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Counter offer Ellis Fox Blog

Is a counter offer worth it?

One of your top people resigns and you feel you really can’t afford to lose them, so you do what’s logical, offer them more pay, more benefits, anything to get them to stay. In all honesty, you’re wasting your time. Here are 3 reasons why counteroffers rarely work: It’s not all about money While people…

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Rail, construction & skills Ellis Fox blog

How technology can be the catalyst for change in the rail sector

In construction, the rail sector is one that is certainly embracing technology and digital transformation. The implementation of digital signalling systems, for example, is helping trains operate more efficiently, maintaining timely schedules even with greater frequency. Smart monitoring systems are providing operators with real time alerts for faults and helping with pre-emptive maintenance that reduces…

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Tax & contracts Ellis Fox Blog

How will the new tax laws impact the construction supply chain?

In April 2020, a new tax law comes into effect which will directly impact the private sector and many smaller sub-contractors. It relates to IR35 status with the responsibility of PAYE and National Insurance payments shifting to the employer or fee payer. The status of an employee or subcontractor will directly impact how they are…

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Climate change construction Ellis Fox Blog

What is the construction industry doing about climate change?

If you’re confused by the headline, you’re forgiven. After all isn’t the environment and climate change the job of environmentalists? Sure they may conduct the research and advise what could and should be done. The problem is, no-one’s been listening. And they should have. For decades scientists have been warning against the effects of climate…

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Smart motorways emissions Ellis Fox Blog

Smart innovation – can smart technology help lower emissions on highways?

The technology for smart highways is already being rolled out on several major motorways in the UK, particularly in and around London. To date the focus of the smart technology has primarily been on reducing traffic congestion and improving road safety for commuters. As it turns out there could be another benefit that would go…

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Circular Economy Ellis Fox Blog

Which change can make the most difference to construction?

There’s a lot that could change in the construction industry; the gender pay gap, the lack of diversity in the industry, the ever increasing skills gap, the persistent culture of late payments, and low cost bidding, to name a few. And all of these in their own way can make positive difference to the industry…

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Late payments retentions Ellis Fox Blog

Will the hard line on late payments turn construction around?

Ever since the collapse of Carillion in early 2018, retentions and late payments in the construction industry have been a topic of heated debate. Both have a domino effect on the supply chain, with subcontractors and smaller contractors being the hardest hit. 2019 hasn’t been a positive one for construction in terms of output, yet…

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