Construction productivity Ellis Fox Blog

Productivity, policy and profits

As construction and the development of infrastructure leads the charge towards economic recovery in the UK, there are still some sceptics that question if the industry can actually deliver. Historically main contractors have struggled to maintain profits and productivity and have held on tightly to some poor policies – such as late payments. What will…

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Team business recovery Ellis Fox Blog

Back to work, back on track

Despite ongoing uncertainty and safety concerns, business is opening back up. Many employees that have been working remotely from home are returning to the office and most are only too glad to be getting back to some form of normal. So while it may feel we can all sigh with relief, the reality is that…

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Career Future Ellis Fox Blog

What do you have?

At a time of uncertainty, it is easy to focus on the negatives. If you have been furloughed you may be debating what your next move should be. Will you be rehired by your previous employer? Will you have to seek out a new position? Are companies even hiring now? And how do you compete…

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Construction positive Ellis Fox Blog

How to stay positive despite a gloomy future outlook

The construction industry has been battling bad news for more than two years. And just when things were starting to look up for the sector, with the go-ahead of HS2 and improved output in February and the beginning of March, corona struck. If people were asking what more could go wrong, that was the answer….

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Skills transfer Ellis Fox Blog

How transferable are your skills?

It’s been a tough year for construction in the UK. It’s been one of the industries hardest hit by the uncertainties of Brexit and the resulting economic downturn. A number of construction companies have folded or cut back on jobs, which has left many people wondering how secure their positions really are. It’s no longer…

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Circular economy infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

Building infrastructure that lasts

Once upon a time things were built to last, and they did impressively well. There are many structures in the UK that are hundreds of years old and still standing strong. Today, however, one of the biggest infrastructure headaches is maintenance. Due to incredibly high volumes of traffic and adverse weather conditions, the UK’s road…

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Circular Economy Ellis Fox Blog

Which change can make the most difference to construction?

There’s a lot that could change in the construction industry; the gender pay gap, the lack of diversity in the industry, the ever increasing skills gap, the persistent culture of late payments, and low cost bidding, to name a few. And all of these in their own way can make positive difference to the industry…

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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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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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What is holding back highways innovation?

The number of road users is increasing exponentially every year, adding to road congestion and maintenance costs. On top of that many local authorities have had their budgets cut, limiting infrastructure development. While there are calls for innovation and a different way of thinking, new technology is a hard sell to the authorities holding the…

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Can technology facilitate a more efficient & effective construction industry?

It has taken less than a decade to demonstrate the real value of using technology to improve planning, processes and procurement in construction. BIM has now become a standard in major tenders with the industry leaders now embracing BIM level 2. BIM is just the start of technological improvements that can dramatically change the construction…

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Cybersecurity in construction

When risks are accessed in the construction industry it typically brings to mind worker safety and the question of on-time delivery by subcontractors and supply chain vendors or payment by clients. However, with technology increasingly being incorporated into construction it has opened up the industry to an entirely new type of threat. Smart technology is…

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