Digital transformation Ellis Fox Blog

How can digital technology improve construction output?

Despite the advances of modern technology, the construction industry is still lagging behind when it comes to digital transformation and using technology to improve output. Digital adoption has been slow, in part due to wariness of new technologies, and in part due to the investment required to roll out implementation. After all these technologies are…

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Give value Ellis Fox Blog

What value do you give?

With Christmas coming up next week there is a lot of focus on gifts. While the spirit of Christmas talks about giving, let’s be honest, all we really want to know is what we’re getting. And that’s fine as long as someone else is willing to give. It’s not that different from the employer /…

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Skills transfer Ellis Fox Blog

How transferable are your skills?

It’s been a tough year for construction in the UK. It’s been one of the industries hardest hit by the uncertainties of Brexit and the resulting economic downturn. A number of construction companies have folded or cut back on jobs, which has left many people wondering how secure their positions really are. It’s no longer…

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Interview truth Ellis Fox Blog

How to get the real truth in interviews

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward in an interview, create a good impression and give the right answers. But at the same time there’s always the fear that being too honest may not get them the job, especially if they didn’t leave their company on good terms. So sometimes they fib a little,…

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Circular economy infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

Building infrastructure that lasts

Once upon a time things were built to last, and they did impressively well. There are many structures in the UK that are hundreds of years old and still standing strong. Today, however, one of the biggest infrastructure headaches is maintenance. Due to incredibly high volumes of traffic and adverse weather conditions, the UK’s road…

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Infrastructure flooding EllisFox Blog

Will UK infrastructure sink or swim?

The past week has seen several flood warnings issued in various parts of England as autumn rains are producing much heavier downpours than usual. Some areas experienced a week’s worth of rain in just a few hours and there has already been extensive damage to both homes and infrastructure. To make matters worse, there is…

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SW opportunity Ellis Fox Blog

Why its all happening in the South West

While many areas and sectors in the construction industry are trading cautiously and tightening their reigns because of a cutback in investments and the uncertainties of Brexit, there is one region where construction projects are growing exponentially. Between housing, infrastructure and civil works it is estimated that the South West region will create more than…

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Hiring offer Ellis Fox Blog

What’s the bottom line?

Companies are having to work harder to attract top talent in the construction industry. It’s not enough to wave a good pay cheque at prospective candidates, people are looking for more. Now that’s not to say that salaries don’t matter – because they do, but employees are looking for value and benefits that will help…

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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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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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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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