"Increasing demand for private housing developments with improving market conditions. Major projects already approved for Perth and Fife for this year and next year. A slowdown in the Aberdeen market mostly caused by the knock-on impact of the oil and gas industry will continue to affect the Northeast. However, there is a renewed focus on housing developments in the north-west due to improved/improving infrastructure in the area including the dualling of the A9 and the new runway for Inverness Airport all due to be delivered in the next few years.
Due to the difference in population density in the north-west of Scotland companies will need to consider the impact this may have on their ability to staff projects efficiently in these areas. What incentives can be offered to encourage operational staff to work away from home? Can local communities be engaged at this early stage to recruit and train new employees from within the existing area?
Commercial staff are highly in demand in this sector with many companies looking at taking on Assistants and Senior QSs as well as opportunities up to Commercial Manager and Director level. More clients are flexible regarding experience and level for Commercial Requirements, acknowledging the skills gap and taking advantage of transferable skills from other sectors of the industry.
Continued growth in the private housing sector across Scotland. Increasing salaries as competition for the best staff increases. A focus away from traditional population centres with a large number of projects due to kick off in Perth, Fife and the Highlands.
We're noticing a rise in smaller local housebuilders to the marketplace as a result of a thriving industry to help meet demand. However, the major PLC housebuilders are the ones to watch where the uncertainty of the political climate following Brexit is having an unsettling effect on staff planning."
“There’ll always be a higher demand for permanent recruitment in the housing sector. However, there’s still a stable market for freelance staff too, particularly between the months of April to late October when there are holiday cover requirements and demands to complete housing developments.
Our robust vetting procedures mean we can offer you suitable candidates in this sector – so much so that 45% of people we had working in freelance roles last year are now in permanent employment.
This sector has always experienced the highest number of temporary to permanent placements, and it can usually begin as a great starting point for trying someone on a trial basis before offering them a permanent contract.”
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