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Main Contractors | Permanent roles


David Brunton - Senior Recruitment Consultant

"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.”

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Main Contractors and Building Sub-Contractors | Temporary roles


Paul Frith - Managing Consultant

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.

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SME Builders and Building Sub-Contractors | Permanent roles


Kelly Mullholland - Senior Recruitment Consultant

SME Builders
There’s been demand from Small/Medium Enterprises (SME) in the retail, commercial and education sectors for operational and commercial staff, especially quantity surveyors and site managers throughout 2016.
  • Larger national contractors are looking for the same staff and can be more attractive as the often bigger salaries, more prestigious projects and better benefits packages appeal.  However, SME build clients are agile and generally good at responding to the market far faster than their larger competitors with less red tape. They’re also more receptive to individual career requests, have local work and can have a more personal approach to your career.
  • Short lead in times between project award and start on site means staffing for projects is often quick. Candidates in this sector should discuss with us what they are looking for in a career move so as to not fall foul of starting the recruitment process and stalling through indecision or being wary that the move is the right one.
  • The medium sized/regional contractors are going through a period of growth and expansion, with increasing turnover figures projected over the next 24 months. This is a great time to move into these organisations and gather skills and responsibilities that can make for a sustainable future.

Building Sub-Contractors

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!

SME Builders | Temporary roles


Samantha Lister - Senior Recruitment Consultant

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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"Having been through Contract Scotland as a Candidate as well as a hirer I would have no hesitation in recommending their services due to their consistent quality and preparation techniques."
Brian Galloway | Operations Manager | Former Job Seeker & Client
"After one phone call with the team at Contract Scotland, I knew it was the right place for me to come to and my opinion still hasn't​ changed."
John-Paul Din | Senior Quantity Surveyor | Former Job Seeker
"Every Candidate put forward by Contract Scotland has proven to be an asset to our business."
John McAuley | Commercial Manager | Employer
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