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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Counter offer Ellis Fox Blog

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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Tax & contracts Ellis Fox Blog

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 Utilities Ellis Fox Blog

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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Climate crisis Ellis Fox Blog

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 Old School EF Blog

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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Leadership shakeup – is it enough to move construction forward?

In recent months there has been a lot of movement in the upper echelons of construction. While some executives were forced to move on due to a corporate reshuffle, other chose to resign and take up perceivably better opportunities. But is this really making an impact on construction? It’s all well and good to ‘trim…

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What’s the big deal with the gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap is not something the construction industry likes to talk about. Mostly because whenever statistics are released, they’re named as one of the biggest offenders. The average median hourly pay gap for women across all industries is 18.4%. However, in construction this ramps up to 25%. For some individual main contractors the…

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How can Tier 1 Main Contractors shape the industry for the better?

In decades past, industry performance was gauged by how the big players were performing, and since 2008 there have been few positive results. However, a new trend is emerging, with mid-size contractors showing higher margins and better productivity, despite the continuing challenging economic times. It’s been a wake-up call for the industry, and particularly tier…

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