Hays Construction Highlight Opportunities As Trades And Labouring
Jobs Show Resilience
on: June 10, 2009, 4:21 am
Author: Alexandra Tucker
to Hays Construction, leading specialist recruiter, despite a
difficult start to the year, there continue to be pockets of construction
Crowe, Regional Manager at Hays Construction, commented, "Although
the length of contracts has become shorter on average, the demand
for trades and labouring
jobs has remained steady in some parts of the UK."
can afford to be more selective regarding the calibre of applicants
they recruit and the specific requirements needed given the excess
supply of experienced and quality site staff available in the
marketplace. Flexibility is an important pre-requisite for employers,
who are looking to hire individuals on a temporary basis for their
labouring and trades
the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a key requirement,
particularly given the health and safety regulations that contractors
need to abide by. Lynne Crowe stressed, "It does not matter
if you are a fully qualified experienced tradesman or a first
time general labourer, a CSCS card provides proof of competency.
Employer requirements also include Prefabricated Access Suppliers'
and Manufacturers' Association (PASMA) passes in the building
public sector continues to prove resilient and there are a number
of long-term opportunities for tradesmen such as carpenters, painters,
tilers, plasterers, bricklayers, painters, decorators and banksmen,
particularly within the health and education sectors, which have
benefited from a significant injection in government investment.
Examples include renovation programmes for hospitals and the Building
Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which continue to create
opportunities for skilled operatives.
commercial new build activity is being scaled back in the private
sector, there has still been ongoing refurbishment activity. "Companies
may seek to re-evaluate a move to a brand new office building
and instead look at redeveloping existing premises," noted
Lynne Crowe. "The high-end residential market has also created
opportunities for those companies with strong cashflow who are
able to pick up bargains and inject funds into upgrading properties,
which they can then re-sell when property values increase."
need to stand out and differentiate themselves from their peers
to have the best chance of securing employment in the current
market. Whether seeking both permanent or temporary work, employers
are looking for CVs with evidence of a solid work history, excellent
ready references and for tradesmen, full tools specifications.
But interpersonal skills are equally important, "A good attitude
to work is a must and all jobseekers must be keen to impress,
as every job interview is their platform to excel," concluded
Hays Construction is part of Hays plc, the leading global specialist
recruitment group, specialising in construction
jobs including construction
manager jobs and quantity surveying
jobs. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one
of the market leaders in Continental Europe. The Group employs
8,294 staff operating from 380 offices in 28 countries across
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