Construction Careers Need Better Promotion

A new survey by construction giant Kier has revealed that much of the careers advice given to young people at school and college is limited and out of date. In particular, the organisation revealed that the variety of jobs in the construction industry is rarely communicated.

The firm spoke to parents about their perception of the careers advice given to their children and found that 74 per cent believe it’s too focused on academic pathways, while 68 per cent don’t feel that their kids get given enough advice.

Where the construction sector is concerned, Kier revealed that the lack of information provided about jobs in this industry is exacerbating challenges already faced in construction recruitment.

The sector currently needs to hire approximately 400,000 new recruits each year to keep up with demand for housing and infrastructure projects, the organisation noted.

A misconception of what working in construction is like is also hampering the industry, Kier found, with 54 per cent of the teachers and parents associating the sector with a lack of career progression and solely manual work.

Kier pointed out that in its organisation alone, there are over 2,000 different job roles with varying entry levels and progression points.

Head of employment and skills policy at the Institute of Directors Seamus Nevin commented: “We are in a period of significant change in the labour market and we need to produce more home-grown talent with the right skills.”

It seems that more people are realising the opportunities available in the construction sector though, with a survey published last month noting that construction industry jobs were the most sought after in the UK during the first six months of this year.

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Construction Most ‘Sought After Job Industry’ Says Survey

In a recent survey, construction industry jobs came top of the poll of the most sought after roles, which may be no surprise for some job seekers who have experienced what a competitive marketplace there is for construction sales jobs.

The research, which looked at job applications for the first 6 months of 2017, found that construction, administration and engineering had the most applications over that period according to

For employers, this is both a benefit and a burden – great if the level of applicants fits the roles and experience they are looking for, but not so great if they’re having to wade through endless unsuitable CVs. This is why many top employers in construction sales tend to work with specialist recruitment firms such as SRS, to help pair the right people to the right gaps from the outset to streamline these processes.  

For jobseekers, this means you need to work hard on making sure that your eventual application stands out from the crowd. You’re selling your entire career in a relatively short space (or time), so it’s key you place importance on what really matters, playing up your strengths and being mindful of areas of weakness. In a crowded marketplace, unique points of difference, strong pre-established relationships and strong product knowledge will all stand you in good stead for progressing into a new role.  

However if this is to be your first role in sales within construction, think about why you wanted to make this move in the first place. If it’s a more junior role where the above factors are considered so important yet, demonstrating why you, above the many other applicants, want to work for this company and industry, may be just enough to stand you head and shoulders above the crowd.

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Fewer Candidates Seeking Work In UK Jobs Market

The number of candidates available to fill vacant roles in the UK jobs market has declined markedly in the past month, according to new figures.

Research by Markit and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), found that candidate availability dropped in July, for both permanent and temporary positions.

Meanwhile, the private sector saw the number of vacancies available increase last month, with engineering, accounting/financial and IT and computing the sectors that saw the highest number of jobs come on the market.

Kevin Green, chief executive at REC, commented: “It’s clear that employers are having to work even harder to fill jobs as vacancies rise and candidate availability shrinks.”

He added that sectors that are “most reliant on European workers are under even more pressure as many EU workers return home”.

So, if you have construction industry jobs that you’re trying to fill, what can you do to ensure you attract the best candidates to apply for the position? It’s important to highlight the benefits of working for your organisation, which involves more than just the headline salary of a construction sales role.

In June, a poll by found that many employees really value perks at work, so being able to clearly demonstrate what you offer beyond the basics could be one way to encourage a wider range of candidates to not only apply for your role, but to really want it.

Whether you’re able to offer flexible working, provide free food and drinks at work, or have a comprehensive benefits package, it’s worth looking at how you can communicate that to job seekers.

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Do You Use Social Media To Snoop On Potential Job Candidates?

With social media such a prevalent force in our lives these days, it’s perhaps unsurprising that recruiters turn to the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to have a little pry into the lives of candidates applying for jobs within their companies.

But if you do this in the near future, you could actually be breaking European law, with an EU data protection working party just ruling that businesses should need to have legal grounds in place before checking out individual social media accounts, the BBC reports.

The General Data Protection Regulation laws are to come into force in May next year, with these recommendations from this working party also suggesting that data collected from internet searches of job candidates be both relevant and necessary to the job in question.

Speaking to the news source, tech specialist at law firm Linklaters Peter Church said: “The general rules are that employers should inform applicants if they are going to look at social media profiles and give them the opportunity to comment. The searches should also be proportionate to the job being applied for.”

CareerBuilder’s most recent social media recruitment survey, released in April last year, found that 60 per cent of employers in the US use social networking sites to look up prospective employees, up from 52 per cent in 2015 and 22 per cent in 2008.

Companies were put off would-be members of staff by information such as inappropriate photos, discriminatory comments, poor communication skills and negativity towards fellow employees or previous companies.

Give construction recruitment company SRS UK a call if you need help finding the right talent for your business.

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How Satisfied Is Your Sales Team?

When you manage a construction sales team you want them to be happy to get the best performance. It’s well known that employees who are happy in their roles are more motivated and generally perform better than those who aren’t.

A new survey of workers across the UK by Qualtrics has revealed which sectors have the most satisfied workers, as well as where in the country people are more likely to be happy with their jobs.

Media and advertising – which often encompasses sales roles – has one of the highest levels of dissatisfied workers, with 23 per cent of people in this sector claiming they were slightly dissatisfied or worse.

The manufacturing and finance sectors were also on 23 per cent, while only the public sector had more unhappy employees at 24 per cent.

In addition, the survey found that people are happiest at work during their first year with a company. At this point 56 per cent of people said they were moderately or extremely satisfied, compared to 46 per cent among those who’ve been in a role for a year or longer.

Being able to keep your sales team happy in the long term is important if you want to retain talent and given that the survey also found that the media and advertising sector has the toughest job when it comes to keeping staff, it’s certainly worth looking at.

Stress is an issue for many UK workers, with a different survey earlier this year revealing that 40 per cent of the country’s workforce have suffered stress due to high workloads or have felt burnt out in the past year.

Taking steps to help people talk to managers about how they’re feeling is one of the keys to improving the situation and having such a policy in place could also help you with construction recruitment

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UK Workers Struggling With Mental Health And Wellbeing

There is evidence to suggest that as many as one-third of UK employees have a health and wellbeing issue.

A survey conducted by PwC found that 34 per cent of people could be struggling with issues such as stress, anxiety or depression.

However, the research also revealed that 23 per cent of those questioned don’t believe that their organisation takes the issue of employee wellbeing seriously, while 54 per cent work for organisations that don’t offer their staff health benefits such as counselling or health screening.

With a greater awareness of mental health issues and people increasingly looking for employers that take care of their staff, it could be worth looking at how you can improve the wellbeing of your teams to improve recruitment and retention.

Director in PwC’s people and organisations business Jo Salter said that firms need to understand the root causes of problems with employee wellbeing and take steps to address those if possible.

“Healthier and happier staff perform better, stay in their business longer and reduce costs and risks for organisations,” she added.

In competitive and high-pressure environments, like construction sales, being able to effectively manage employee wellbeing is particularly important. As well as focusing on how you can have a healthier team, you can also look at ways to make them happier.

Last month research was published which found that 40 per cent of staff feel like they’re getting a better deal if they receive workplace perks, such as private healthcare, flexi hours and complimentary food.

If you need assistance with construction recruitment in the UK, contact us today.


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Staff Value Perks At Work

Workers in the UK really value being offered perks by their employer, new research has found. Things like flexible working, private healthcare and complimentary food and drink were all named as top workplace perks among the 1,500 people surveyed.

OnRec reported on the poll carried out by, which found that 40 per cent of Brits feel as though they’re getting a better deal when they are offered a perk at work.

In addition, the research found that private healthcare was the most popular employee benefit, with 45 per cent of those questioned stating that this is the perk they most value.

However, 41 per cent like being able to use flexi hours and 42 per cent like receiving complimentary food. Another popular option was being able to finish early on a Friday.

Carl Miller, managing director at the company, explained that the research initially began by looking at how people perceive perks offered by their banks, but that the scope of it was widened because it became so interesting.

“We discovered that when employers show they are invested in employees’ welfare and happiness, they can create a culture of mutual appreciation,” he stated.

If you’re looking for ways to motivate your sales team that go beyond their bonuses, you may want to consider how perks are used within your firm. It’s also good to think about how you’re marketing any perks you offer when you embark on the construction recruitment process too.

Employee wellbeing is a hot topic across a range of industries, and one that’s worth considering given that 40 per cent of UK workers recently reported feeling burnt out or under pressure because of high workloads at least once in the past year.

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How To Beat Job Interview Nerves

Looking and applying for construction industry jobs can be difficult and stressful, but when you do get a call to say you’ve got an interview all the hard work will really pay off. That said, the hard work isn’t exactly over – you’ve still got to perform well and do your best at the interview stage.

It’s completely natural to feel nervous about going for an interview. In actual fact, a few nerves can be quite helpful as they keep you alert, on your game and will show your prospective new employer that you do really care about the position you’re going for. But when the nerves take over, that’s when you could start running into a few problems and potentially putting your new job at risk.

The key to beating job interview nerves is being as prepared as you can be. Do some research into the company and what the role requires, but also spend time thinking about the qualities you have that you want to tell your interviewer about. View your interview as a conversation and less as a question and answer session, and you’ll feel more confident, comfortable and natural throughout.

The night before, make sure that you go to bed at a reasonable time and get a good night’s sleep. Nerves may keep you awake so stay off your phone a few hours before bedtime and have a hot drink to help you nod off.

And there’s nothing worse than rushing to get to the interview – being late won’t make a good impression and won’t help your nerves. Always get there ahead of time if you can.

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Unemployment Continues To Fall

Construction job recruiters will be pleased to hear that unemployment has continued to fall, a sign of a strong and stable industry and economy.

The latest figures from The ONS show that unemployment fell in April 2017, continuing a trend that has been seen for a number of months now. It is now the lowest it has been for 42 years.

Building site construction is one industry where recruitment is on the up, with some in the industry warning that it needs to hold onto its older workers if it is to retain enough workers and expertise.

TotalJobs responded to the news saying it had also seen significant growth in jobs in the catering and hospitality industries, not-for-profit, and public sector.

“We may not know the outcome of the 8th June vote, but resilience in the face of change has been a feature of the job market this past year. Brexit and the shockwaves from across the Atlantic have done little to halt a continued fall in the unemployment rate, which is good news for the next Government.

“But the future is still very much uncertain, and we will have to see what the results of the general election bring. It will be important for both candidates and employers to ensure they are adaptable in the coming months, as each political party will look to improve the outlook in the job market.”

There are some fears however, that stagnating wages show the real picture, with many smaller businesses unable to afford wage rises, which could lead to challenging times ahead for the economy.

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Two-Thirds Of People Go To Work When Sick

A new report has revealed that a significant proportion of the UK’s workforce still go to work when they’re sick and should take a day off.

In the latest Aviva Working Lives Report, 69 per cent of those surveyed said they’d gone to work when they should have had a day off because they were sick.

Among the reasons given for going into the office when they were unwell was heavy workloads, and particularly the concern that these would just build up while they were off.

Worryingly for businesses, 42 per cent of respondents admitted to often feeling anxious or stressed while at work, something that those managing sales teams should be aware of given that this can be a high-pressure environment to work in.

If you’re managing a construction sales team, what can you do to make sure everyone is happy and working to their potential?

Speaking to HR Director, Adrian Lewis, an absence management specialist at Activ Absence, offered some advice. He explained that it’s important to understand the causes of absenteeism and presenteeism if you’re going to tackle both issues effectively.

“Tackling absence is not about waving a big stick and chasing ‘lazy’ employees back to work, it is about uncovering the root causes of absence and working with your people in order to tackle them,” he asserted.

Being able to demonstrate a supportive and caring working environment is also important when you’re carrying out construction recruitment activities in the UK to bolster your sales team, so looking at staff wellbeing and how to improve it is beneficial at every stage of the cycle.

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