How did we get back here so quickly?

I’ve been around in recruitment for a long time, (some would say too long), and having worked through three recessions in the Construction Industry, I’m still surprised at how quickly we go from famine to feast. As we’ve seen before, now we are getting back on track again we’re not able to provide the people to make the most of the work that’s on offer.

When we were at the bottom of the market in 2009/2010/2011 I had people on the phone every day looking for work with another tale of redundancy and another company having gone into liquidation or downsizing etc. and I helped those that I could find new roles. It’s a sad fact that once again we lost some good people out of the UK industry having either gone abroad for opportunity or re-trained to do something completely different that’s less affected by the volatility of the construction industry and to compound the problem many new trainee’s were dumped so another generation of up and coming people will be missing.

So now we’re left with a fantastic workload and hopefully increasing order books but we just can’t find the skills and talent to help the companies who would like to take this opportunity to grow.

It’s a difficult market and one that needs forward planning so companies don’t become over stretched and early strategy planning is needed for recruitment over the coming 6-12 months because finding people is getting more difficult and taking longer.

I look at the roles I have currently and it’s fairly obvious that once again all Commercial people are highly sought after because we have vacancies ranging from Assistant and Intermediate level Quantity Surveyors to Senior Quantity Surveyors, Associates and Director levels with Main Contractors, Developers and PQS Practice.

So in reality this article is really only a lightly veiled sales pitch to anyone with Quantity Surveying skills to get in touch and let us know what you would like from your next career move because we have companies who want you.

I pride myself in placing people into roles that fit not just the career aspiration but also fit your personality so I’ll take the time to get to know you as I do with the companies I work with. I feel this is the important part of the process that can be lost by some recruiters.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you would like a conversation about the options available or you are looking for staff please contact me.

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