Construction hiring Ellis Fox Blog

Hiring in Construction, Infrastructure and Utilities – lessons from 2021

One of the trends emerging from 2021 has been the great resignation. This hasn’t been unique to construction or even the UK, it’s been taking place globally. Businesses have been challenged by the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, managing teams working from home and trying to navigate their ways around a hybrid working model. From…

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Construction labour shortage Ellis Fox Blog

Navigating the Construction Labour Crisis

Labour shortages are nothing new to construction. For years the industry has been warning of the diminishing pool of senior expertise as professionals retire or exit the industry. But now the crunch is being felt at all levels, with main contractors reporting they’re having to pay up to 18% more for unskilled labour because there…

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Construction’s new battleground

Environmental awareness is growing exponentially, with governments and industry leaders recognising the need to reduce reliance on virgin resources, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and most importantly reduce carbon footprints. New laws and levies have been implemented with the aim of holding developers and contractors accountable for construction and infrastructure developments. But sadly, for…

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Green Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges

With COP26 being hosted in Glasgow this past week, the focus is once again on climate change and net-zero efforts. What’s become evident in recent years is that single approach or solution will not be enough to meet the targets within the tight timeframe we have. Additionally, it’s not enough to green infrastructure, it needs…

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Employee retention Ellis Fox Blog

Corporate policies that kill retention

Construction is a traditional industry but one would hope that in 2021 people have become more enlightened and that companies are becoming for progressive in their approach to employee engagement and retention. Yet biases still creep into the workplace that can result in conflict, exclusion and even in employees leaving. It’s common knowledge that hiring…

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Construction growth Ellis Fox Blog

Construction Growth – Define Good

In a recent report published by Marsh, titled The Future of Construction: A Global Forecast for Construction to 2030, construction is reported to be on the fastest growth trajectory out of all industries in the next decade. Naturally most professionals in the construction industry celebrate this. Growth of 35% as predicted wouldn’t have seemed possible…

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Skills gap mentorship Ellis Fox Blog

How to bridge the skills gap now for a better future in construction

The skills crisis in construction has been talked about for years, yet investment in training and development doesn’t seem to have had much impact. Perhaps because so many construction firms were struggling to keep their heads above water and the pipeline of projects wasn’t looking too optimistic. Nobody could have predicted that a global crisis…

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Infrastructure Challenges Ellis Fox Blog

£650bn Infrastructure Pipeline – Big Promises, Big Challenges

The UK Government’s recent announcement that £650bn investment has been earmarked for infrastructure development in the next ten years, hasn’t exactly been met with a great amount of enthusiasm. Those are big numbers, for sure, especially with £31bn available for spending in the next financial year. And there’s no debate that the infrastructure is needed…

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Innovation netzero Ellis Fox Blog

What’s Driving Construction Innovation?

There’s little debate that leadership plays a vital role in business success. It’s not just about navigating operational challenges, or factors influencing the future of the industry, but looking for opportunities to leverage, even if they deviate from the normal way of operating. Currently one of the most talked about topics is climate change and…

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Construction robotics Ellis Fox Blog

New technologies driving change in construction

There is a great deal of innovation taking place in the construction sector and predictions are that 3D printing and off-site manufacturing may well one day overtake traditional construction methods. There are some that believe the industry could benefit a great deal if this were to take place sooner rather than later, but changing decades…

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Construction net zero Ellis Fox Blog

Achieving Net-Zero – 5 Key considerations for Construction Leaders

Highways England recently announced their roadmap for achieving net zero by 2040. As one of the largest infrastructure construction firms in the UK, it is encouraging to see their commitment to reducing environmental impacts and taking the lead in the industry to do so. Accelerating efforts to become net-zero are highly complex. What are the…

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Mindset Ellis Fox Blog

Mindset matters

When one talks about mindset, it’s usually in the context of having a positive or negative approach to life. Indeed in recruitment we’ve witnessed how people with a “can-do” mindset tend to go further, have larger professional networks and enjoy a greater level of success in their career. The past year has been especially tough…

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