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A round-up of a busy year at Temple Recruitment Specialists

Well, I can’t quite believe it – 2016 is almost over. As much as it pains me to say it, there has been a lot of change and a number of shocks this year. We simply cannot do a round-up of the year without mentioning the Brexit result and the impact this has had on our industry.  And I can barely begin to think about the shock result over in America.  But closer to home, this recent article in Construction News talks about an increasing number of construction companies going into administration, and cites Brexit for stalling projects and having an adverse impact on our sector.

However, although construction acts as a barometer for the economy as a whole, the number of firms that have gone bankrupt in 2016 still remains really low (and we can’t blame them all on Brexit, as tempting as that may be).  So, overall, things are still looking positive, which is just as well because 2016 has been a busy and productive year for us at Temple Recruitment Specialists and we are looking forward to more of the same in 2017!

We started the year with some new members of the team, Amy, Ricia and Sophie and they’ve been  prince-002busy filling roles for our growing number of candidates (and you can check out their profiles on  LinkedIn). We celebrated our first birthday in March and welcomed the new Temple Recruitment mascot, the adorable Prince (named after one of my favourite artists who passed away in 2016 – again, another shocking element to 2016).

We also moved in to our new premises just off the Wellingborough Road, making it even easier for our candidates and clients to visit us.  If you want to pop in and say hi then you can see where we are on this map on our website.

And finally, we are now a member of Construction Line, which will help us to have access to some of the best construction projects in the country, giving us the opportunity to provide varied and exciting opportunities for our candidates.

Just to let you all know, the team will be taking a short break over the festive period – we will close on Friday 23rd December and reopen again on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.  If you need to get hold of us during that time, the best number is 07854 976999.

So, that’s all from me for now, on behalf of the team at Temple, I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2017.

Best wishes

Claire Griffin

Director

Temple Recruitment Specialists

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We have joined Constructionline!

We are pleased and proud to announce that we have joined Constructionline!

Constructionline is a procurement and supply chain management service that collects information in order to bring efficiency savings to the construction industry by streamlining procedures and processes.

PrintSuppliers no longer need to duplicate information for every construction tender, and buyers have access to over 25,000 suppliers who have been assessed and reach government standards, simplifiying the procurement process for contractors.

Our membership proves we have reached high standards in construction recruitment and are one of the key players in our region.

After 15 years’ experience in this sector, I know that it can be really difficult to source a quality recruitment partner in the construction industry, so I’m delighted that this mark of quality will provide reassurance to contractors of our commitment to providing high quality trades and labour candidates for a variety of construction projects.

I’m really pleased that this scheme enables small to medium sized companies to join and to deliver their quality services for large, national projects by providing access to opportunities.

By joining this scheme, I’m confident that we will be able to open up a great range of opportunities for our candidates to work on new and exciting projects.

If you are interested, you can find out more about Constructionline at http://www.constructionline.co.uk/.

Best wishes

Claire Griffin

Director

Temple Recruitment Specialists

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Brexit uncertainty weighs on project starts

  • Starts in the three months to July were 12% up on a year ago, but 32% down on the previous three months.
  • Residential starts were 10% lower than a year ago and 36% down on the preceding three months.
  • Non-residential project starts were 9% down on a year ago and 20% lower than during the February to April 20165. Office project starts dropped 38% against the preceding three months and were 32% down on a year ago.
  • Public sector non-residential areas were also down on the same three months a year ago, when project starts were starting to improve following General Election related disruption.
  • Civil engineering projects starts dampened overall starts, being 32% down on a year ago.

The value of work starting on site in the three months to July was 12% down on the same period of a year ago, according to the latest Glenigan Index.

Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, said: “The 12% decline in Glenigan Index covers project starts in the run-up to the EU referendum and its immediate aftermath. High levels of political and economic uncertainty during the period prompted many private sector investors to defer investment decisions, contributing to the recorded drop in project starts.

“Non-residential project starts were particularly weak, due to fewer office, hotel & leisure and industrial projects commencing on site. This, combined with a fall in civil engineering project contributed to the overall decline in the index against both the preceding three months and a year ago.

“The three months to July also saw a 10% drop in residential project starts, as a slowing in private sector work combined with weak levels of social housing starts.

“The potential development pipeline remains firm, with the value of projects securing detailed planning approval during the first half of 2016 is 5% up on a year ago. However the strongest growth in approvals have been in those sectors where project starts have been most affected by referendum uncertainty; private housing, industrial and office developments.

“The political outlook has begun to become clearer in recent weeks, following the appointment of the new Prime Minister and cabinet. Nevertheless we anticipate that the uncertain economic and political outlook will continue to disrupt the progress of some projects to work on site. Accordingly, we expect an overall weakening in project starts during the second half of 2016.

Regionally the North East and West Midlands were the only parts of the UK were starts were up on the three months to April. However, there was a more mixed performance against May to July 2015, with the value of underlying starts in the South East, South West, West Midlands and Scotland all ahead of a year ago.

Source: Glenigan

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Staying safe in the sun

Now that summer’s finally here, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to the blog post I wrote the last time we had a heatwave.  It’s so important that construction staff stay safe in the sun given the amount of time they spend outside.  Let’s hope the lovely sunshine lasts until the weekend when we can all enjoy it.

Claire

Well at last we have some sunshine.  And just in time for stay out of the sun day.  Although this is an American holiday, I thought it would be a good time to blog about sun safety as this is such an important issue in the construction industry (and fantastic that we are in the middle of a heatwave too).  Many of the workers that we place at Temple Recruitment work outdoors, so in this heat, I thought it would be goodsuncream image to remind everyone of some tips to keep them safe in the sun.

We all know that excessive exposure to sunlight can age the skin prematurely and cause skin cancer, which is now the most common form of cancer in the UK, with 10,000 cases diagnosed each year (www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/SkinInformation/SkinCancer.aspx).  Construction workers, given their exposure to the sun, need to take extra care.  We have taken some pointers from the HSE website, but we would advise:

  • keep your top on and try to wear a long sleeve top with a collar if possible
  • wear a hat, ideally one that has a large brim to protect your ears and neck (if you don’t need to wear a hard hat)
  • sit in a shaded area during your breaks
  • keep hydrated
  • keep checking your skin for any changes

 

If you work for Temple Recruitment, please ensure that the health and safety team have briefed you on how to keep safe in the sun.  If you are concerned about the provisions a site has made, please get in touch with one of the team.  Please also make sure that there is a safe, shaded area for you to take your breaks and that sufficient water has been provided.

There is also lots more information on SunSmart: the UK’s national skin cancer prevention campaign.

We hope that now it has finally arrived, you do enjoy the sunshine and let’s all hope it lasts until Sunday at least!

Best wishes

Claire

Claire Griffin

Director, Temple Recruitment

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Download the latest Glenigan’s Brexit report here

BrexitIf you’re not sure about the impact of #Brexit and the #EU referendum on construction, then you may want to download the Glenigan report here or read my latest blog with a few examples of the pros and cons of staying in the EU or leaving.

If #Brexit and the referendum is having an impact on your business, particularly around any staffing issues, please comment below or get in touch with one of the Temple Recruitment Team on info@temple-recruitment.co.uk.

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I don’t mean to get political but…

Brexit…this is too big an issue not to talk about on the #TempleRecruitment blog. There’s been lots of talk about #Brexit; it’s all over the media and many of my clients and candidates have very strong views about whether we stay in the EU or exit following the referendum on Thursday 23rd June. If you’re not sure what it all means, this helpful article from the BBC explains some of the key points. I’ve always said that I’d never reveal any political views on my blog, so instead I want to focus on the impact of remaining in the EU or exiting will have on construction. So, here goes…

Red tape
Many contractors and businesses find the EU ‘red tape’ stifling. There are 5.4 million small businesses in the UK and companies within the construction sector make up a large proportion of this figure. So we’re stifled by EU regulations within construction, but only a small number of construction businesses trade with the EU. This is a view that I’ve heard a lot – my feeling is that whether we stay or go, the government need to negotiate new arrangements so that construction businesses are empowered to maximise growth.

Is it worth it?
A poll in Construction News recently found that some contractors were cancelling or delaying projects due to rising costs. Others cite that all the risk of construction projects are being pushed onto the contractor. These issues could make contractors selective about the projects they take on, which could impact economic growth in many areas, as construction projects, once complete, continue to boost the economy as they deliver vital public services including shops, offices, schools, hospitals etc. So, if the way contractors are operating due to increased costs is changing, I sincerely hope that any changes are only temporary.

I have touched on this already, however there are concerns that the £16bn invested in UK projects by the European Investment Bank would stop if we exited Europe. Just so that you know what this means, as an example, the Thames Tideway Tunnel received £700m of funding last week from the EIB – and they employ A LOT of construction staff. However, the pro exit camp would say that we could trade more with the US and China, therefore replacing the funding we would lose from European investment.

No matter what happens at the polling stations on 23rd June, I think I speak for everybody in the construction sector when I say that whatever happens, we cannot see a dip in productivity within construction due to undue caution being exercised until the referendum result is known. The sector is as buoyant as I have seen it in the last 8 years since the recession hit (well, it is for Temple Recruitment Specialists anyway), so I’d hate to see any political changes having a negative impact on hard working businesses and construction staff.

As always, let me know your thoughts.

Best wishes
Claire Griffin
Director
Temple Recruitment Specialists

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Ground Workers – Rugby

We are looking for CSCS Ground Workers to start work ASAP in Rugby.

The client is looking for several ground workers so we’re happy to receive applications from individuals, pairs or gangs. You’ll be working for a major housing developer on one of their sites and they’re looking for good all-rounders who are confident and competent in all aspects of ground works on big residential sites.

The working week will be a standard working week with 7.30am starts. There may be the possibility of weekend work for candidates once you’ve settled in on site.

Ideally, you’ll have been working as a ground worker for at least 3 or 4 years and be able to provide some recent work-related references for us to follow up on before you start. Holding some CPCS machine tickets would be an advantage but isn’t essential.

You’ll also have an up-to-date CSCS card and you’ll need to register with us and provide evidence of your card, ID and NI number. You’ll also need to have your own PPE and transport because the client has multiple sites and if they’re happy with you, they’ll move you onto alternative projects once you’ve finished up in Rugby.

Rates are negotiable depending on experience and this is for an immediate start.

If you’re interested in this role, please email your CV over to Sophie at Temple Recruitment Specialists now!

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Bricklayers Foreman

We are looking for an experienced Bricklayers Foreman to start work in the Coventry area. The work will mostly be Monday to Friday with the opportunity of overtime on weekends as required and the client is looking for someone to start ASAP .

You’ll be working over various sites in the West Midlands for the client, overseeing the bricklayers in each location, and this is a great opportunity for on going/long term work for the right candidate. We are really looking for someone who has a proven track record as a foreman and can provide some recent, relevant work-related references to back this up.

You’ll need to have your SSSTS, an up-to-date First Aid certificate and a current CSCS card. You’ll also need to get registered with us prior to starting on site and to provide evidence of your NI number, ID and all of your current tickets.

Rates are negotiable depending on experience.

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Concrete Finishers

We are looking for several experienced CSCS concrete finishers to start work on Monday in Northampton.

The run of work is scheduled to run for 3-4 weeks and we are happy to look for individuals or a gang. At least two of the people put forward for the job will need to have an IPAF ticket.

You’ll be working on a redevelopment in Northampton and the standard working day is 10 hours, starting at 8am. People currently on site through us have been working every Saturday so regular weekend work is available for those who want it. The client is really looking for reliable, experienced concrete finishers who can get on with the job under minimal supervision and are able to hit the ground running! You’ll be responsible for making good on site and have a proven track record as a concrete finisher.

This is for a Monday start so please get in touch if you’re available. Before sending you onto site, we’ll need to get you registered and see evidence of your ID, NI number and CSCS/IPAF tickets if applicable. We’ll also need to follow up on a couple of work-related references prior to starting out on site.

Rates are negotiable depending on experience so please let us know what you’re looking for.
If you’re available from Monday, please email your CV over to Sophie at Temple now or call the office on 01604 945910!

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Quantity Surveyor

We are looking for an experienced Quantity Surveyor who is wanting to further their career with a major housing developer. Based in Northampton, they have sites across the Midlands and are looking for a QS to join their team on a permanent basis.

This position would suit a Quantity Surveyor who is looking for a permanent role within a successful housing developer and this really is a fantastic opportunity for someone to progress within the company.

This position would suit a Quantity Surveyor who has worked within a residential housing or ground works role previously. At any one time, you’ll be responsible for up to 4 sites.

Roles and Responsibilities:

-Preparation of contracts, including details regarding quantities of required materials
-On-going cost analysis of maintenance and repair work
-Feasibility studies of client requests
-Analysing completed work and arranging payment to contractors
-Allocating upcoming work to contractors
-Site visits, assessments and projections for future work

The successful candidate should have the following experience:

-Working/previously worked with a residential housing/ground works company
-A QS Degree or be working towards one
-Be proactive, ambitious and driven
-Be happy travelling to various sites in the Midlands

 

The job comes with a competitive salary, car allowance, annual bonus and 23 day’s holiday. You’ll also be provided with medical cover and pension.

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CSCS General Labourers – Wembley

We are looking for several CSCS General Labourers to start work immediately in Wembley, North London.

You’ll be working on a large commercial project and this is a great opportunity for a long run of work with the site scheduled to run for at least the next 6 months.

The client is looking for reliable, hard-working people with a proven background as a labourer. The standard working week is Monday to Friday with a 7.30am start but there is also the opportunity for regular weekend work with an overtime rate available.

You’ll need to have a valid, up-to-date CSCS card, your own PPE and be able to provide us with a couple of relevant work-related references prior to starting work on site. We’ll also need to get you registered beforehand and see evidence of your ID, NI number and CSCS card.

Rates are negotiable depending on experience.

This is for an immediate start so if you’re available, please contact Sophie at Temple Recruitment on 01604 94910

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CSCS General Labourers

We need 2 x experienced CSCS General Labourers to start work on the 18th May 2016 just outside of Luton.

 You’ll be working on a major extension of a hotel and the work is scheduled to last approximately 3-6 months. It’s a busy site with a 7.30am start time and there is the opportunity for long hours and weekend work for the right people.

 We are looking for reliable, hard-working labourers who are happy doing all aspects of labouring on site, including cleaning as required. You’ll also need to have your own PPE.

 Before starting on site, you’ll need to get registered with us and be able to provide a couple of work-related references for us to follow up on before you start. We’ll also need to see evidence of your ID, National Insurance number and CSCS card as well.

 Rates are negotiable depending on your experience. If you’re interested in applying for this role and are available to start on the 18th May, please contact Sophie at Temple Recruitment on 01604 945910

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CSCS Bricklayers 2+1 – Towcester

We are looking for experienced CSCS Bricklayers and a CSCS Bricklayer’s Labourer to start work on Tuesday on a site in Towcester.

You’ll be doing the footings on a residential build and the run of work is expected to last 2-3 months. Ideally the client would like a 2+1 gang but is happy to take individuals with a good, proven track record in their respective trades.

The work will be Monday to Friday and rates are negotiable depending on experience. You’ll need your own tools, PPE and transport to get to the site. You’ll also need to provide a couple of work-related references for us to follow up on prior to sending you to the job and we’ll need to get you registered and see evidence of your ID, CSCS card and NI number.

If you’re interested in this role, please send over your CV to us or get in touch with Claire at Temple now on 01604 945910

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5 reasons to consider a career in construction

Slider-box-3I was disappointed, but not altogether surprised to see a recent Construction News article saying that two thirds of people interviewed would not consider a career in construction. I’ve been in this industry for 15 years and it’s been the best move I’ve ever made. I think that people either love it or hate it, but I think that schools and colleges need to do a better job at educating young people to make sure that they are aware of the possibilities for a long lasting and fulfilling career. Here’s my top 5 reasons why more people should consider a career in construction.

  1. There are hundreds of different jobs within construction to suit your skills. For analytical people that like numbers, then something like quantity surveying could be perfect. For organised, meticulous people, project management is also a really good option. And if you love the outdoors, then there are a huge range of management and trades and labour jobs to suit all tastes.
  2. If you’ve already trained or had a career in another field, then you can easily transfer some of these skills into a career in construction, which could give you the variety and excitement that your career is currently lacking, without having to retrain fully or take a huge drop in salary. For example, the Chartered Institute of Building are now running a programme to promote management careers in construction for those leaving the military.
  3. No industry is recession-proof and the UK construction sector has certainly been hit during the 2008 recession. However, it is a vital sector for the economy and a key driver of growth. It contributes almost £90 billion to the UK economy, comprises over 280,000 businesses and creates 2.93 million jobs (10% of total UK employment).  So, although it’s not possible to give a 100% guarantee of job security, construction needs a huge number of people to deliver the growth needed to sustain the economic recovery.
  4. The industry is constantly evolving, with the focus now being on sustainable developments and use of environmentally friendly materials. If environmental issues are key to you, then a career in construction as a sustainability consultant could be something to look in to. Check out the sustainability courses that the CITB run.
  5. The construction industry gives you a great degree of freedom. If you want to be your own boss, then the construction industry provides lots of opportunity to set up your own company or to work as a contractor through an agency. There’s also a lot of opportunity to travel overseas if that’s something you want to do.

 

Hopefully this blog post has highlighted some key reasons why the construction industry should be a career option of choice for young people. Given that so many construction professionals are due to retire (see more information in this article) then we need to make sure we’re getting more people to consider a career in construction.

If you love your career, tell me why – your story may inspire somebody else to consider construction as a career choice.

Best wishes

Claire Griffin

Director, Temple Recruitment Specialists

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Cleaner – Dunstable

We need a cleaner to start work cleaning site offices in Dunstable. Due to the location of the site, you will need your own transport.

The work will be for 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday and rates are negotiable depending on experience.

If you’re interested in this role, please call Claire for a chat on 01604 945910

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CPCS FLTD – Hertfordshire

We need an experienced CPCS FLTD to start work immediately on a busy residential site near St. Albans.

The site manager really needs someone who can hit the ground running because you’ll be supporting lots of bricklayers and scaffolders so you’ll need to be able to juggle numerous requests.

This is an opportunity for someone to get good hours in and the hourly rate is very competitive for the right person.

You’ll need to have your own PPE, ideally have a Blue CPCS card or be working towards this and be able to provide some good, relevant work-related references prior to going on site. We’ll also need to get you registered and see evidence of your CPCS card, ID and NI number.

This is an immediate site, so if you’re available call Claire now on 01604 945910

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CPCS 180 Operator – Rugby

We need an experienced CPCS 180 Operator to start work immediately in Rugby, Warwickshire.

You’ll be working on a residential new build site and the client really wants someone who can be left to get on with the job under minimal supervision.

The standard working week will run from Monday to Friday with a  7.30am start and this is a great opportunity for on going work if you’re reliable and have a proven track record on large residential sites.

If you’re interested in this role, please get in touch with us, making sure you have a couple of work-related references and your CPCS card details to hand.

Call Claire on 01604 945910 for a further chat about the role. Rates are negotiable depending on experience.

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Tiler – Coventry

Our client needs an experienced Tiler for a couple of days work in Coventry.

You’ll be tiling a 30 sq metre wall in an office refurbishment and will be happy working under minimal supervision.

Due to the site, you’ll need an up-to-date CSCS card, your own PPE and tools.

If you’re interested in this role, you’ll need to register with us prior to starting work and provide evidence of your CSCS card, ID and NI number. We’ll also need a couple of work-related references to follow up as well.

Please call Claire now if you’re interested in this role on 01604 945910

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2nd Fix CSCS Carpenters – Coventry

We need 2 x 2nd Fix Carpenters to start work immediately in Coventry.

You’ll be working on a large office refurbishment and the work is scheduled to take 4-6 weeks. The work will be Monday to Friday 7.30am starts with the possibility of weekend work. Rates are negotiable.

Ideally you’ll have been working as a carpenter for at least 5 years and hold a Blue CSCS card or above. You’ll be expected to have your own tools, PPE and 110v kit.

Before you starting work, you’ll need to be able to provide evidence of your NI number, CSCS card and ID. We’ll also need a couple of work-related references to follow up on prior to starting work.

If you’re interested in this role, call Claire for a chat on 01604 945910

 

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2nd Fix Carpenters – Oxsted

We need 2 x CSCS 2nd Fix Carpenters to start work ASAP in Oxsted, Surrey.

You’ll be working on a large residential site and have at least 5 years experience as a carpenter.

The work is estimated to run for 2-4 weeks and the client is looking for carpenters with their own tools and 110v kit.

Before starting work we’ll need to follow up on a couple of work related references and see evidence of your NI number, CSCS card and ID.

Rates are negotiable depending on experience.

If you’re interested in this role, please call Claire at Temple on 01604 945910

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