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…

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…

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,…

When a team is more important than a hire

At Mackenzie England, we have noticed a definite change in employee attitudes over the past few years; attracting and retaining talent is not simply about “top salaries” and “great benefits packages” (of course they do need to be up there too!).  But today, recruiting and retaining staff are much more about “what”, “who” and “we” and sometimes an effective team is more important than a hire. I know that personally, I’m more energised and effective if I work within a…

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…