As we near the halfway point of 2016, it’s a good opportunity for the construction industry to take stock of the developments in the opening part of the year, and look ahead to the next six months.
We are a company that specialises in temporary recruitment for the construction industry, so while the credit crunch which we saw signs of earlier in the year certainly resulted in increased competition in the labour market, on the whole we have been buoyed by the construction industry’s resurgence so far this year.
Emily Cadman of the Financial Times notes the robustness of the industry, highlighting the uplift in purchasing within the sector. There is also evidence to suggest that if you have the right skills, there has never been a better time to work in construction, with wages up by 6%, as we highlighted in Construction News.
The traditional economic powerhouse of the UK, the south-east is a region in which the construction industry has made great strides during recent months. James Oxenham points out that 40,000 construction jobs were created in the second half of 2015 in the south-east; that was a share of the 110,000 new jobs created across the UK.
The government’s National Infrastructure pipeline seems to be sewing the right seeds for the future, as evidenced in the fact that many of these 110,000 were apprentices. As we look ahead to the rest of this year and beyond, these figures tell us that these apprentices have the ability to develop and go some way to answering the skills shortage that hampers the industry from time to time.
We are encouraged by the confidence that has permeated through the sector in recent months, and here at Temp Connexions we stand ready to continue servicing the recruitment needs of our clients in the construction sector. Call us today for a no obligation chat on how we might meet your requirements, and let us work together for a successful end to 2016!