Quantity Surveying: private practice versus contractor – could the grass be greener?

Quantity Surveying: private practice versus contractor – could the grass be greener?  This was the question that kicked off our debate last month when, together with RICS Matrics and CIOB Novus, we gathered a room full of quantity surveyors, who work across the industry, to discuss the differences and similarities in their roles. After a great deal of discussion and debate (and some disagreement from both sides of the fence!), we can conclude that it’s less about the colour of the…

Debate Event: Quantity Surveying

The world of surveying is diverse and can take you in many directions; having chosen to become a Quantity Surveyor, your choice of employer will determine and define the role you perform. Whether you work in private practice or as part of a contractor’s in-house team the role of Quantity Surveyor may look similar from the outside, but it is distinctly different. If you started your career on one path, you may know little about what ACTUALLY happens on the…

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 3): Why use an external recruitment specialist

With the growth of internal recruitment teams and, in particular, online professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, you may be questioning the value of hiring an executive search consultancy, like Mackenzie England, to help you find new talent for your business.  It’s important to remember that not all agencies are the same, and we pride ourselves on being distinctly different.  Here are 5 reasons we believe your business should be embracing a head-hunter relationship such as ours for your strategic…

Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 2): Embracing the head-hunter relationship for best business results

For many businesses, the most efficient way to manage strategic recruitment is to use the services of an experienced, external agency.  But how do you ensure that you maximise this relationship to get the most out of your investment? 1. Welcome us in to your business At Mackenzie England, relationships are important to us; you could say we’re driven by them. By inviting us to meet with your senior team, we can learn what is required from the role and…

Why networking is good and how to get it right

It’s the dawn of a new year and I expect, for many of you reading this, a raft of new resolutions on how you’re going to grow your business in 2017. If, like me, you’re reflecting on the accomplishments and hurdles of the last year, then you’re bound to hit upon something that you’d like to do more actively this year.  For me, it’s the same as always, quite simply meeting more people and making meaningful and credible connections. As…

Brexit: Where now for an already unstable construction industry?

Over 30 million Britons voted last month in a Brexit election that has resulted in what can only be described as a momentous turning point in our history. With the results came the anticipated plunge in the financial markets; the pound has dropped to its lowest level against the US dollar in over 30 years.  And to add insult to injury Prime Minster, David Cameron, has resigned; announcing plans to step down in as few as two months. Are we…

7 tips for overcoming the challenges of the skills shortage

As the UK has moved out of recession, job creation has been exceptionally strong; however business growth has been accompanied by stalling productivity.  There has been a huge amount of industry chatter about the effect of the UK’s growing skills shortage on both growth and productivity.  Finding, attracting and retaining the right talent to deliver business growth within a construction industry that lost so many jobs is a huge challenge.  Here, Martin shares how we feel employers should approach recruitment…