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.…

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…