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What technologies will influence construction in 2020?

For several years now there has been much talk about how technology could revolutionise the construction industry. While adoption rates have remained slow technology implementation is gaining momentum. Could 2020 be the year that things really start to change? BIM has already made inroads within the industry and become a requirement for major tenders. It’s…

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How can digital technology improve construction output?

Despite the advances of modern technology, the construction industry is still lagging behind when it comes to digital transformation and using technology to improve output. Digital adoption has been slow, in part due to wariness of new technologies, and in part due to the investment required to roll out implementation. After all these technologies are…

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The disaster of being in limbo

It’s a strange time of year, especially now in the week between Christmas and New Year. It feels like you should be on holiday even if you’re not. Business seems to slow down and it’s almost as if everyone is waiting for the New Year to start. Generally the time spent working is not the…

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Interview truth Ellis Fox Blog

How to get the real truth in interviews

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward in an interview, create a good impression and give the right answers. But at the same time there’s always the fear that being too honest may not get them the job, especially if they didn’t leave their company on good terms. So sometimes they fib a little,…

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Candidate experience Ellis Fox Blog

Hiring? Be prepared to be interviewed too

While most candidates do still feel a twinge of nervousness when going for a job interview, they are no longer the only ones in the hot seat. Today the interview process is a two way street where the candidates are also assessing their options and deciding if your company is one that they want to…

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Is a counter offer worth it?

One of your top people resigns and you feel you really can’t afford to lose them, so you do what’s logical, offer them more pay, more benefits, anything to get them to stay. In all honesty, you’re wasting your time. Here are 3 reasons why counteroffers rarely work: It’s not all about money While people…

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How will the new tax laws impact the construction supply chain?

In April 2020, a new tax law comes into effect which will directly impact the private sector and many smaller sub-contractors. It relates to IR35 status with the responsibility of PAYE and National Insurance payments shifting to the employer or fee payer. The status of an employee or subcontractor will directly impact how they are…

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Climate change construction Ellis Fox Blog

What is the construction industry doing about climate change?

If you’re confused by the headline, you’re forgiven. After all isn’t the environment and climate change the job of environmentalists? Sure they may conduct the research and advise what could and should be done. The problem is, no-one’s been listening. And they should have. For decades scientists have been warning against the effects of climate…

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Ageism Ellis Fox Blog

When age matters – are construction companies shooting themselves in the foot?

While there are a lot of news headlines about gender inequality in construction not much is said about older employees in the industry. There have been reports about how much of the expertise within the industry is due to retire in the next 10 years and how big a skills gap that will leave, so…

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Tech for tomorrow – keeping utilities switched on

IoT and smart technology are becoming the accepted norm in society with people familiar with the ability to switch on security alarms or lights remotely using smart devices. For utilities companies, smart sensoring is being used to be able to better predict demand and areas of routine maintenance. But technology’s offerings go far beyond that….

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How will construction respond to the climate crisis?

The British government recently announced tough new legislation is on the cards to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. This has been welcomed in principle because most people recognise that things need to change. We shouldn’t be as dependent on fossil fuels, for example, when there are opportunities to use cleaner energy sources. We…

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Technology – Construction just doesn’t get IT

In the last 30 years the world has undergone a massive transformation thanks to technology. Whereas in the 80’s computers were deemed a rare luxury that few people owned, now everyone uses not just computers but mobile phones to communicate on email, instant messenger and manage projects around the globe. Most people cannot imagine life…

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