Infrastructure Challenges Ellis Fox Blog

£650bn Infrastructure Pipeline – Big Promises, Big Challenges

The UK Government’s recent announcement that £650bn investment has been earmarked for infrastructure development in the next ten years, hasn’t exactly been met with a great amount of enthusiasm. Those are big numbers, for sure, especially with £31bn available for spending in the next financial year. And there’s no debate that the infrastructure is needed…

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Construction skills shortage Ellis Fox Blog

How to take advantage of the skills shortage

Construction firms are under a great deal of pressure at present. Projects are moving forward quickly and a great deal of investment has been made available to ‘build back better’. As much as the boom is welcomed, it’s not without its challenges. Materials shortages are resulting in rising costs and project delays. But that isn’t…

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Skills gap Ellis Fox blog

What can be done about the skills crisis?

It is good that the construction industry is booming with multiple major infrastructure projects coming online. It’s creating more opportunities for companies and individuals. But amid the major expansion plans that most players in the construction sector have, there’s one major flaw. There’s not enough expertise to fill the skills gap and ensure successful delivery…

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Brexit construction Ellis Fox Blog

What will a no-deal Brexit mean for UK Construction?

With just two months to go until the UK says goodbye to the European Union, there’s a strong likelihood it’s going to be an unceremonious no-deal Brexit. Despite months and years of negotiations agreement on trade deals have not be reached and this is going to have a direct impact on many industries. For construction…

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Construction workforce Ellis Fox Blog

Let’s do more work with less workers?!

On the back of Brexit there have been many ambitious promises made. Promises for better infrastructure, promises for facilitating a transition to clean energy, promises to deliver affordable housing and public facilities such as hospitals. Not to mention the controversial go-ahead for HS2. All of these have one thing in common: A promise to build…

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Rail, construction & skills Ellis Fox blog

How technology can be the catalyst for change in the rail sector

In construction, the rail sector is one that is certainly embracing technology and digital transformation. The implementation of digital signalling systems, for example, is helping trains operate more efficiently, maintaining timely schedules even with greater frequency. Smart monitoring systems are providing operators with real time alerts for faults and helping with pre-emptive maintenance that reduces…

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Direct labour force skills EF Blog

A direct labour force – is this the change construction needs to secure its future?

Traditionally the construction industry has relied heavily on contract labourers, many of them immigrants and workers from the EU. Now with the turmoil that is Brexit, it’s shining a spotlight on labour sources. If the UK institutes more stringent immigration laws then many existing contract workers may face deportation and not be allowed to continue…

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Hiring Construction

Hiring – What details are most important to prevent a disconnect?

There’s a lot of talk about getting hiring right, finding the right fit, matching personalities with culture and values. As much as HR and recruiters believe they are getting this right, not all managers that they’re hiring for agree. Here are my four suggestions to overcome this: Involvement HR may be responsible for hiring but…

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People productivity

Profits, projects and people – Are Main Contractors dropping the ball?

You have to admit, the goings on in the construction industry have been a bit of a circus in recent years. It seems the industry is always on the back foot, having to come up with excuses as to why performance and output is down yet at the same time crying about the skills shortage…

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Construction skills shortage

Skills – Are things about to get worse?

In recruitment, one of the challenges we are faced with daily is evaluating the skills available in the industry. As we recruit primarily for senior positions within the top 50 main contractors, the questions we ask are; Are these the right skills for what main contractors need, and will they be able to help companies…

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How to jump ship so that it doesn’t come back to bite you

The New Year is usually a time for reflection when many people consider making career moves. Finding a new position is the exciting part, but then there’s the unenviable task of resigning. If your reasons for leaving have less to do with the new opportunity and more to do with getting out of your current…

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What skills are needed to drive digital transformation in construction?

It is almost as if the construction industry is scrambling to find the panacea that will turn around its fortunes. Amid all the headlines forecasting doom and gloom with regards to Brexit, and reports highlighting less than impressive output, digital transformation consistently comes up as a suggested solution to the industry’s problems. But is it?…

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