"There is still considerable demand for good commercial candidates in the Edinburgh region, most notably at Project QS and Senior QS level with the majority of work coming through public sector procurement routes like HUB Framework or indeed through larger clients like Edinburgh University.
Over the next 6 months I can foresee growth in demand for expertise in Design, Planning, site based construction staff and Estimating. BIM is another new skill set that is becoming ever more important within the main build contracting sector and I can see a more opportunities develop for this particular expertise in 2017. To that end I would urge candidates who are considering a career side step from operations or design consultancy to consider their transferable skills and try a new role with firms that offer sound continuity of work and good reward packages.
Salaries are continuing to creep upwards but are by no means near the pre-recession levels we experienced in 2008 and, if anything, employers are still remaining cautious when considering salaries offered to new members of staff and how this may affect their own pay structure. It’s important that with the increased demand for staff, Job Seekers must consider their options wisely ensuing their career goals are satisfied. It's important to understand your personal and professional motivators when considering a career move to achieve a long term fit and we urge you to discuss them with us in confidence.”
2016 has shown a consistent demand for freelance operational management and commercial staff in the major build sector.
Lengthy contracts are on offer which can make opportunities with the major players more attractive than those in the small\medium enterprises (SME) section. However, the procedures and bureaucracy that larger companies often face can slow down the hiring process so the arguably more agile SME contracts can recruit quicker.
The East of Scotland has certainly seen a boost in activity this year, and the number of new projects starting in and around Edinburgh is encouraging. We expect the demand for staff to come from this region as opposed to our usually busy and buoyant Aberdeen section though this should change in early 2017.
The summer has been incredibly busy for those with high-end finishes experiences and we further anticipate high demand for those Package/Construction Managers who have an engineering bias and effectively manage large groundworks and external work packages.
Early 2016 saw continued growth in the subcontracting sector, with a noticeable rise in opportunities as large national contractors pick up multi-million pound contracts across Scotland. We’re expecting more of a need for staff for projects within the East of Scotland this year despite us having roles for a variety of disciplines from Stranraer to Shetland. Quantity surveyors, Estimators and CAD Technicians are very much in demand across the subcontracting sector with positions ranging from Assistant/Junior level through to more Senior levels.
Why work for a subcontractor? Well there are certainly no shortage of companies out there but what we often find with smaller businesses is that there is often more scope for career progression compared to some larger organisations which means you can be a major influence in the shape, direction and performance of the company.
Within this competitive market, it’s not just the large building contractors that are leading the way, many subcontractors can offer competitive benefits packages along with a friendly working environment where you’re not just a small cog in a large machine!
We’re seeing a significant upturn in the demand for temporary staff across the build SME sector. This is because the skills shortage is causing difficulties finding suitable permanent staff, particularly at the short notice. So good quality freelance staff are in demand.
Most jobs last 8-10 weeks with 88% of our workers kept in regular and sustainable hire throughout the year. We look after our loyal freelancers who work throughout the country for us and ensure that training certificates are monitored and renewed at our in house training courses.
There is no doubt that some employers can offer continuity of engagement and due to the cyclical nature of the SME market, I see demand continuing to increase over the summer into the autumn.
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