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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Ageism Ellis Fox Blog

When age matters – are construction companies shooting themselves in the foot?

While there are a lot of news headlines about gender inequality in construction not much is said about older employees in the industry. There have been reports about how much of the expertise within the industry is due to retire in the next 10 years and how big a skills gap that will leave, so…

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Interims Ellis Fox Recruitment

Are you hiring who you want instead of what you need?

In recruiting there is a lot of talk about finding the right “fit”. People that have similar values to the organization and who will fit in with the company culture. And while this is valid and true, sometimes it pays to shake things up a little. Senior managers in particular tend to hire people they…

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Climate crisis Ellis Fox Blog

How will construction respond to the climate crisis?

The British government recently announced tough new legislation is on the cards to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. This has been welcomed in principle because most people recognise that things need to change. We shouldn’t be as dependent on fossil fuels, for example, when there are opportunities to use cleaner energy sources. We…

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Overspending EF Blog

The curse of mega projects

For contractors it’s a feather in their cap to say that they’ve worked on a particular mega project, perhaps it’s ego, or optimism, but is seems that there’s a distinct disconnect with the reality of what it takes to make a mega project succeed. No one denies that big projects are complex, so why aren’t…

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Technology Old School EF Blog

Technology – Construction just doesn’t get IT

In the last 30 years the world has undergone a massive transformation thanks to technology. Whereas in the 80’s computers were deemed a rare luxury that few people owned, now everyone uses not just computers but mobile phones to communicate on email, instant messenger and manage projects around the globe. Most people cannot imagine life…

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Profit warning project delays Ellis Fox Blog

Profit warnings and project delays, just another day in construction…

You would think by now we know the industry and come to expect the inevitable project delay or profit warning. Yet somehow the industry still manages to be surprised when they are announced. Makes one wonder which reality they’re living in. If for months and years it has been the same old story and there’s…

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Hiring Construction

Hiring – What details are most important to prevent a disconnect?

There’s a lot of talk about getting hiring right, finding the right fit, matching personalities with culture and values. As much as HR and recruiters believe they are getting this right, not all managers that they’re hiring for agree. Here are my four suggestions to overcome this: Involvement HR may be responsible for hiring but…

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CEO strategy

Hands-on or Hands-off – What’s the best CEO strategy?

There’s an interesting correlation between CEO’s strategy and business success that may not seem obvious. And surprisingly it comes down to what’s most important in an organization not who. Certainly the CEO position affords a great deal of respect, not only do they typically put in longer daily hours on normal weekdays, they’re also spending…

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Construction skills shortage

Skills – Are things about to get worse?

In recruitment, one of the challenges we are faced with daily is evaluating the skills available in the industry. As we recruit primarily for senior positions within the top 50 main contractors, the questions we ask are; Are these the right skills for what main contractors need, and will they be able to help companies…

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Is it worth the paper it’s written on?

Traditionally senior management roles carried with them a pre-requisite of a university degree, usually a MBA and preferably from one of the top universities such as Oxford or Cambridge. In recent years, however, some companies are claiming that experience and skill is more important and candidates applying for senior positions need not necessarily have a…

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