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Is there a skill shortage in the Construction Industry?

The UK construction sector is one of the country's leading economic drivers, however a perceived shortage of skilled professionals is becoming a challenge for a field that relies on its workforce more than most.    Employers and specialist construction recruitment agencies are experiencing first hand the lack of qualified candidates - the Trade…
Published: 18/11/2015

UK working hours: should they be shorter?

Why do we have a five-day working week? What are the origins of the fabled nine-to-five? A trial of a six-hour working day in another European country recently found that not only were workers happier and less-tired thanks to their newly-improved work/life balance, but also more efficient - delivering higher quality across the board. Could the same approach…
Published: 10/11/2015

What Halloween Can Teach Employers About Recruitment

Accompanied by gloomy nights and a supernatural chill, Halloween will soon be here to darken our doors and illuminate the occasional jack o'lantern. With the 9 to 5 zombies beginning to loosen their ties, it can be tempting to hide away under the blanket until first light. Even the scariest of experiences can prove to be life lessons though and employers…
Published: 23/10/2015

How to Design Effective Interview Questions

The same dreary interview questions have been popular in Britain for many years now - but things are changing. "Why do you want to work for us?" is fast becoming "how many balls do you think will be used in the Rugby World Cup", or "describe the colour yellow to someone who's blind". But what do these questions really tell us about a candidate - and…
Published: 13/10/2015

5 crazy rules that drive great employees away

Retaining top talent is a constant challenge for employers, especially when staff turnover can cost a company upwards of £30K per employee. While some departures are unavoidable, others can be attributed to overzealous management and authoritarian policies can sometimes be the reason why valued staff feel it's fit to hand in their notice.    What…
Published: 06/10/2015

Contingency vs. Retained Recruitment: Which is Better?

Updated: December 2016 Introduction If you're looking for new staff for your business, then there's a question that may well be on your mind. What is the difference between contingency recruitment and retained recruitment, and which is better for you? The answer is surprisingly simple - so let us explain ... To someone who isn't from a recruitment…
Published: 17/09/2015

Seasonal Recruitment Trends

Cutting edge hiring techniques are nothing without timing and being aware of seasonal recruitment trends can make all the difference when planning your next foray into the labour market.  The peaks and troughs of the calendar year can cause a headache for employers and candidates alike, leading to a number of external factors that are worthy of consideration…
Published: 15/09/2015

Bad Hires: How to Tell a Maverick From a Muppet

In this article we're going to investigate a question that plagues every HR department. How can hiring managers differentiate between Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun and everyone's favourite celebrity amphibian? Ok, perhaps not. But still, we've gone all-out this time to help you spot candidates' red flags any way you can. What is a bad hire? We…
Published: 26/08/2015

Successful People: Common Traits

Ultimately, our goal as human beings, is to be successful. Whether it's success in the form of wealth, happiness or family life, we all strive for an 'ideal'. The great thing about success is that it's never too late to find it and we can all condition ourselves to be successful, through persistence and other key behaviours.  Read on to see how some…
Published: 04/08/2015

Increase Productivity at Work

Productivity: a polite way of saying 'to do your job to the highest and most efficient standard.' Something we all like to think we do anyway, right? Well believe it or not, studies have shown that there are a few simple tips most employers seem to miss - tricks that will significantly boost staff productivity ... If you've read our Avoiding Procrastination…
Published: 17/07/2015

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