Job reference Ellis Fox Blog

The do’s and don’ts of getting job references

Job references play a critical role in hiring, with employers often relying on references to confirm a candidates skills and experience before making an offer. The challenge for candidates is often they don’t want to tell their managers they’re job hunting until they’ve secured a new role. So what’s the best way to ask for…

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Salary match Ellis Fox Blog

Matching salaries – good or bad policy?

There has been a power shift. With so many jobs available and companies struggling to retain current employees, jobseekers are finding they have more leverage when seeking out new roles. This dynamic is driving companies to rethink their policies and benefits and it is creating a new way of working – none of which are…

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Hire Interims Ellis Fox Blog

3 Benefits to Hiring an Interim in Construction

At a time when all industries – not just construction – are struggling to fill job positions, many companies are looking for alternate ways to fill the most urgent gaps. When it comes to senior roles or areas of specific expertise, an interim is often the best bet. Interims can deliver a huge amount of…

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Hiring right Ellis Fox Blog

3 Tips for hiring amidst a skills shortage

As the news in the construction and infrastructure industries continues its rollercoaster ride, one factor remains steady – the skills shortage. Statistics from October 2021 put the number of vacancies above 40 000, the highest in years, and indications are that it’s only getting worse. This is a challenge for main contractors that are already…

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Hiring salary Ellis Fox Blog

Should salary be role or person based?

Hiring is currently very competitive with a shortage of skilled professionals who are in high demand. This means that when it comes to negotiating salaries, candidates often have the upper hand. But budgets are tight and often companies have a specific figure in mind when hiring for a particular role. What happens when a candidates…

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Construction hiring trends Ellis Fox Blog

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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Construction hiring Ellis Fox Blog

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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Culture change Ellis Fox Blog

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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Flexible working Ellis Fox Blog

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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Interview questions Ellis Fox Blog

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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Construction hire Ellis Fox Blog

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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Construction boom Ellis Fox Blog

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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