5 Things You Need to Do When Recruiting for Your Construction Business in 2018.

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5 Things You Need to Do When Recruiting for Your Construction Business in 2018

 8th Nov 2017

5 Things You Need to Do When Recruiting for Your Construction Business in 2018


With the Construction Industry output set to rise by 1.2% and being projected to accelerate to 2.3% in 2019, as a business you will need to be prepared, with recruitment at the forefront of any growth plans.


We have complied a list 5 things that you need to do when recruiting in the construction industry.


1 – Retain Your Staff

This is one of the most important aspects of any business model. We understand that due to the shortage of skilled workers within the construction industry, it is more vital than ever for any businesses to retain staff.

Did you know that on average the cost to employers of replacing a single member of staff is more than £30,000 according to the Oxford Economics report. This is due to productivity loss, recruitment costs and administration.

That is a big cost to your business if you have a high turnover rate.


2 – Understand What Motivates Your Workforce

This brings us swiftly on to understanding what your workforce is motivated by…

A survey carried out by BUPA concluded that 46% of workers do not put extra effort into their role simply because they do not feel appreciated or rewarded.

You need to understand that every single person in your business is different and that is why you cannot simply pay a wage and have a few benefits over the year. You need to understand that some people may want a higher work / life balance or some of your employees may want to advance their career. For others, it may be that they want to make an impact within your business and the sector.

By firstly speaking to your employees on a regular basis and connecting with them on a genuinely personal level you will not only build a relationship with that individual but you will understand what motivates them. This in turn will lead to an engaged workforce and lower staff turnover.


3 – Know Your Market and Know Your Competitors

You need to know your sector within the construction industry and have an idea of what your competitors are doing.

Knowing what the current state of your market is and having the ability to analyse to see trends, will allow you to understand what your competitors are doing, how much they are paying and any benefits that they are offering.

This will then in turn give you a competitive advantage when it comes to recruitment and finding the right people for your company.


4 – Prepare in Advance for Staffing

This is so important!

As any business understands, planning what you are going to be doing 3, 6 or 12 months down the line is so important.

You have just signed a business contract which is due to start in February. You need to start your recruitment process by December at the latest. You need to have a 2-month gap ideally. This will give you sufficient time to plan, organise and execute your recruitment strategy plan without making fundamental errors. A smoother recruitment process throughout will lead to employing the right and best people for the roles.



Recruitment and construction are two industries that are constantly changing!

That is why you need to be realistic when it comes to recruitment, especially in the construction industry. Be realistic about what you are paying your employees, how many members of staff you need and time scales.

Don’t be romantic about what used to be! Understand that everything changes and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. Once you reach this mind set you will be able to clearly focus your attention on the matter at hand – recruiting excellent people for your business.


If you would like any information or advice please contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you. 


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