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Top Hiring trends for 2022 in Construction

The great resignation is far from over and companies are having to work harder than ever to attract and retain top talent.  As construction and infrastructure projects ramp up, what can main contractors do to ensure they don’t lose out on opportunities to get the best people in the industry working for them? In this…

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Hiring in Construction, Infrastructure and Utilities – lessons from 2021

One of the trends emerging from 2021 has been the great resignation. This hasn’t been unique to construction or even the UK, it’s been taking place globally. Businesses have been challenged by the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, managing teams working from home and trying to navigate their ways around a hybrid working model. From…

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Achieving Culture Change in Construction

As life returns to normal in terms of going to work in an office and being able to enjoy a meal at your favourite restaurant, there is also recognition that not everything about the old normal was that great. It is almost as though having been through the Covid-19 pandemic, people are aware that some…

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Flexibility is no fad

Years ago some progressive companies started implementing flexible working conditions allowing employees to work from home on occasion or work office hours that suited them. Back then, it was seen as the exception rather than the norm as many companies believed it would lower productivity and become too difficult to manage. But after 18 months…

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4 Questions to ask in your next job interview

Gone are the days where a job interview was all about finding out what a candidate could bring to a company. In today’s competitive market and with the current shortage of skills in construction, the power has shifted to candidates. While they still need to prove their worth, interviews are equally about what the company…

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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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