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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Net zero Ellis Fox Blog

Can UK construction collaborate to achieve net-zero?

The built environment has for decades carried the label as being one of the biggest single contributors to carbon emissions. This past week saw the announcement and soft launch of The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. This is massive positive step in the right direction, indicating that industry role players are committed to…

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Infrastructure efficiency Ellis Fox Blog

Promises vs Reality – What will deliver Infrastructure Efficiency?

When new infrastructure projects are announced it is usually with great fanfare. There’s much focus on the amount of money being invested in the project, how many jobs will be created and the benefits to the public. These are all positives, but the reality is that few infrastructure projects deliver on expectations. Delays and project…

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Construction hire Ellis Fox Blog

How to be the construction firm people want to work for

Career development is one of the top considerations when professionals are looking for new opportunities. People want to know that there’ll be prospects for growth beyond the position that they’re applying for, and if there aren’t, they’re unlikely to sign up for the role. How can construction companies create opportunities for growth while hiring for…

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Construction waste Ellis Fox Blog

Too much construction waste, not enough materials

The current materials supply chain problem that is being experienced in UK construction is a prime example of the liner economy gone wrong. While there is no shortage of waste being produced by infrastructure and construction in the UK, due to a number of factors the supply of certain construction materials is trickling though and…

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Counteroffer Ellis Fox Blog

Will a counter offer keep your best employee?

It’s a moment that most senior managers dread, receiving the resignation of a top performing employee. Should you just let them go, or is there a way to keep them (and their expertise) at the company? The answer can be a bit grey, because it depends on multiple factors. But one thing that should remain…

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Digital infrastructure Ellis Fox blog

How can the UK accelerate infrastructure development?

It’s no secret the country’s aging infrastructure is in dire need of improvement. In fact this has been the argument for gaining approval for some of the more ambitious rail projects such as Crossrail and HS2. The problem is that while most people will agree on what’s needed, it’s still a slow process to get…

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Resignation best practice Ellis Fox Blog

Hiring for UK Infrastructure – Best practices for handling resignations

There’s mindset that still prevails that he who holds the money holds the power. Unfortunately too often this results in companies overlooking what’s important to their employees and then getting surprised by resignations. When the letter lands in your email, the reality is that it’s probably too late to change things for that particular employee….

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Safety construction Ellis Fox blog

Has COVID Compliance resulted in Construction Safety Shortcuts?

Despite the construction industry being one of the few that has been allowed to continue working throughout lockdowns, it has still had to navigate a number of health and safety concerns. When lockdown was initiated in March 2020, one of the primary concerns was how to maintain social distancing while adhering to standard construction safety…

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Diversity Ellis Fox Blog

Diversity is an issue for men

There’s been much discussion in the construction industry about the gender pay gap and Diversity and Inclusion. Even business research supports the view that the more diverse a company the more likely it is to progress ahead of its competitors. Yet in construction change is small and change is slow. To be clear, it’s not…

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Construction major projects skills Ellis Fox Blog

What can make or break major projects?

Major projects such as HS2 and Crossrail are often in the news, citing problems with funding, productivity, community objections or government approvals. But there is one element that often gets overlooked, because it’s not in the public eye.  It’s the people driving the success of the project, the many role players that have specialised expertise…

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