International Women in Engineering Day 2017

Of the 2.3 million people working in the construction industry at the end of December last year, only 296,000 were women (according to the Office for National Statistics). That’s roughly 13%. So, on the day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and technical roles, I find myself chewing over why the construction industry is still failing to attract more women? Skills shortage   The construction industry is desperate to attract new recruits’ due to a major skills shortage.…

Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 1): Making investment worthwhile

Recruitment is a necessary process for any business looking to develop, but get it wrong and it can be expensive; bad recruitment decisions will after all, cost your business both time and money.  But get it right and your business will grow and prosper. At Mackenzie England, we find the most common mistake is for a business to recruit hastily, bringing in someone in who is available, rather than looking at the bigger picture.   This is why if you’re recruiting,…

How to hit the ground running in a new role

Starting a new job is an exciting but often a somewhat challenging process; it’s important to capitalise on first impressions, quickly understand your new environment and build relations that make a positive impact.  Here are a few tips from our candidates’ experiences at Mackenzie England on how you can hit the ground running in a new role: More ears than mouth! In the first few weeks it’s imperative that you spend a lot of time listening and learning rather that…