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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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Projects leading the UK construction boom

Despite the challenges of the past year, there’s one silver lining. After years of decline, the UK construction industry is showing a strong turnaround and is set to lead the way in terms of economic recovery in the UK. A major contributing factor is the number of high profile infrastructure projects that are underway. Many…

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Playing your cards right in salary negotiations

For both candidates and companies salary negotiations can be tricky. Show your cards too soon and you could lose out, ending up paying more or earning less than you would have liked. Finding the winning option for both parties is not simple, but it can be made easier when you have someone in the middle…

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How to win at your next interview

Going for a job interview can be nerve racking, especially if it represents a big step up in your career. Preparing well can help lift your confidence and present yourself in a way that impresses a potential employer. Knowing what kind questions are likely to be asked and how to phrase your answers can make…

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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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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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Video Interviewing – The new way is here to stay

Just as business was starting to gain momentum and most people were starting to enjoy the freedoms of socialising and moving about again, a second lockdown was announced. But businesses that were starting to get back to pre-pandemic levels of growth are not going to want to slow down despite restrictions. Most can’t afford to….

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Crises and opportunities on the road to recovery

While the primary focus may currently be on the opportunities for economic recovery following the pandemic, the reality is that the challenges that existed prior to March are still around. Brexit is anything but clarified and the likelihood of disruptions caused by major climate events such as heatwaves and flooding remain. Plus the industry was…

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Hiring for economic recovery

The government has repeatedly confirmed that they want infrastructure and construction to form the backbone of the UK’s post pandemic economic recovery. Major funding has been announced for new frameworks, while major projects such as HS2 and Hinkley Point C are forging ahead. Yet at the same time, main contractors are going to have to…

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It’s complicated? – It shouldn’t be!

The modern day term “it’s complicated” often raises an eyebrow. What is the person not saying? Why is it complicated? And you may be wondering: What does complicated have to do with hiring top talent for utilities and construction? Many companies determine to get the hiring process right, asking candidates for multiple interviews and assessments….

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What’s hampering diversity in construction?

Recent events in the USA have highlighted some of the issues regarding diversity and racial prejudice. It’s a heated debate for sure, but what does it have to do with construction? Statistics from a 2014 survey indicate that the percentage of black people and minority groups in the UK’s general workforce is only 10%. In…

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Should UK Construction be hiring now?

As many main contractors start reopening sites and returning to work, it’s accepted that it will be a while before momentum is gained. There are still many obstacles to overcome and new safety requirements as well as backlogs in the supply chain are going to slow the speed at which work can progress. While there…

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