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

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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 harder to attract top talent.

In this week’s article we share three ways in which construction can start to overcome the skills gap in the short, medium and long term.

Short term:

To fill an urgent skills gap at a senior level, a solution is to seek out an interim. If they’re available for contracts, interims would be able to start sooner than permanent candidates as they aren’t constrained by lengthy notice periods. An additional benefit of hiring an interim is getting specialist skills. This is valuable if you have a specific problem to solve, such as getting a project back on track or solving an internal team problem. Interims can be brought in for a short-term contract or on a temporary to full time basis. There’s a great deal of flexibility and when you’re looking to solve a short-term skills gap, this is highly beneficial.

Medium Term:

It’s been shown repeatedly through industry studies that it’s significantly cheaper to retain employees than to continually replace and hire new. Focusing on employee engagement and empowering employees to develop more skills, especially with emerging technology, has multiple benefits. Technology can help employees become more efficient. Also, for the company it’s a way of ensuring skills are retained. Working with new technologies in existing roles will prevent employees from looking elsewhere for opportunities to do so.

Long Term:

Industry networks have an important role to play in the perception that people have of your company. In fact, at Ellis Fox, we have found our extensive industry network to be the most valuable asset when it comes to sourcing top talent in construction, infrastructure and utilities. Having a personal recommendation holds significantly more weight than a list of accolades on a CV. Be consistent in building a network within the industry and recruiters, and it can help you to secure top talent in the longer term.

Regardless of whether you’re looking to hire now or in future, building relationships, leveraging technology and developing skills remain some of the most effective ways to bridge the skills gap and gain more value from the expertise within the industry.