Refit Construction Ellis Fox Blog

Building, fixing or retrofitting? What’s the future for construction?

Two metrics that are frequently used as a litmus test for the health of the industry are: New contract awards and new construction starts. Looking at these metrics in recent months and it paints a rather depressing picture as both are in decline. Added to […]

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Resign well Ellis Fox Blog

Resign your way and be confident about it

As much as employees go through the process of searching for a new job, interviewing and considering offers, when it comes to resigning, there’s still a level of anxiety. For some reason in that moment when you have to confront your manager and hand over […]

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Construction career progression Ellis Fox Blog

What does the construction sector downturn mean for your career prospects?

Currently industry journals are dominated by headlines citing a continued downturn in construction output. This isn’t really news. Given current economic trends and a multitude of challenges it would have been more surprising if construction had managed to remain buoyant. While the bigger industry picture […]

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Skills 2024 Ellis Fox Blog

What will be the most sought-after skills in 2024?

2023 has been a year of many disruptions and it’s impacted construction and infrastructure sectors in multiple ways. The one thing that has remained a constant though, is the skills gap. Companies continue to struggle to acquire top talent for multiple reasons. Sometimes they don’t […]

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Year end fatigue Ellis Fox Blog

Year-end fatigue – Does it have you wondering: What’s next?

It’s that time of year when the world seems to spin. There’s just over a month before the year draws to a close and most companies are pushing hard to get projects completed before the festive season shut down. You’re probably already feeling tired and […]

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Construction perception Ellis Fox Blog

Attracting top talent – what does perception have to do with it?

When interviewing candidates, it’s likely you make an assessment the minute they walk in the room. How they’re dressed, how they communicate – it all influences your initial perception of them. And if you’re honest that perception will likely influence how the interview is conducted. […]

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Future skills Ellis Fox Blog

Now and into the future – How to gain more construction expertise for your company

Construction companies are feeling the skills gap acutely. While it’s been a known issue for a while, it doesn’t seem to be improving. Good candidates know that they are in demand and weigh up their options carefully. As a result, companies are having to work […]

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Equal Pay Ellis Fox Blog

Equal pay – counting the cost of thinking it doesn’t matter

In a recent court decision, Homes England was ordered to pay compensation, including back pay and interest, to a female employee. The dispute came about when she was promoted and discovered that she was earning less than a male colleague who she was now overseeing. […]

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CEO skills Ellis Fox Blog

CEO skills – what does it take to get to the top?

This week Balfour Beatty announced that their Construction Chief, Mark Bullock will be retiring in December and that they’re on the hunt for a replacement. Those will be big shoes to fill. Balfour Beatty is one of the largest main contractors with a better than […]

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Infrastructure challenges Ellis Fox Blog

Where to from here for the UK’s infrastructure?

It was inevitable with rising costs and associated controversy that there was a risk of HS2 not being delivered according to plan. Now that phase 2 has been cancelled, it’s giving rise to a number of debates within the industry. What went wrong? The list […]

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