We have a Site Manager position with a leading medium sized housebuilder located in the East who are looking for an experienced manager who will continue to help in the growth and development of their new sites.

Contract Scotland have a Senior Quantity Surveyor vacancy with a large housing contractor, based in Inverness.

Contract Scotland has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, proactive and pragmatic Commercial Manager to join our client, an innovative and progressive business who operate within the EV sector and are based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent role and as well as a competitive salary, you will be joining this business at the start of their journey and will be an integral part of their success and development in a sector with guaranteed growth and where the aim is to offer a sustainable solution, with the ultimate goal of net-zero.

Contract Scotland has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, proactive and driven Business Development Executive to join our client, an innovative and progressive business who operate within the EV sector and are based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent role and as well as a competitive salary and aggressive individual bonus scheme, you will be joining this business at the start of their journey and will be a key part of their success and development in a sector with guaranteed growth and where the aim is to offer a sustainable solution, with the ultimate goal of net-zero

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious, hardworking and forward thinking Design Manager with proven experience with managing all design aspects of a project life cycle from tender / bid through to completion to join a company with values of collaborative working, developing their staff and promoting from within with a strong pipeline of work across both civil engineering and rail infrastructure projects and maintenance works.

Contract Scotland has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, proactive and driven Business Development Manager to join our client, an innovative and progressive business who operate within the EV sector and are based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent role and as well as a competitive salary and aggressive bonus scheme, you will be joining this business at the start of their journey and will be an integral part of their success and development in a sector with guaranteed growth and where the aim is to offer a sustainable solution, with the ultimate goal of net-zero

Contract Scotland are working with one of Scotland’s larger housebuilders, to appoint an assistant site manager for one of a number of developments in Edinburgh and the East.

Contract Scotland has an immediate opportunity for an experienced Site Administrator to join our client and provide administration support to their site based in the Pennywell area of Edinburgh. This is a full time temporary role offering an immediate start until the end of the year

Are you a freelance Site Manager looking for weekend work? Contract Scotland currently has a requirement for a weekend Site Manager to cover a 6–7-week placement. This role is located within Edinburgh and will commence on the 20th of August 2022. This contract is at the request of our client a stand out regional building contractor.

Contract Scotland currently has a fantastic opportunity for a freelance Senior Site Manger. If you are a Senior Site Manager looking for your next long-term contract then what are you waiting for, apply today!

Contract Scotland has an immediate opportunity for an experienced Purchase Ledger Assistant to join our client, a respected and established house builder, based in Livingston. This is a full time, permanent position offering an immediate start and the chance to work in a small, supportive accounts team

Contract Scotland has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Management Accountant to join our client, an award winning House Builder based in the Stirling area. This is a 12 month Fixed Term Contract and offers a competitive salary and benefits package as well as the chance to work with a professional and respected employer. The office is based in Stirling however a hybrid working model is in place

Projects will be varied including a mix civics and of utility works throughout the North of Scotland. The ideal candidate must be an experienced civil engineer with previous experience working within water, deep drainage or pipeline projects

An Engineering Consultancy with a long-standing history within the Scottish transportation market is looking to recruit a Structural Revit Technician to join their team.

Are you an experienced Quantity Surveyor ready to take the next step? Contract Scotland are delighted to be sourcing a Senior QS for an innovative and forward-thinking company based in Scotland. In recent years, they have experienced successful growth and have secured a strong pipeline of work in Glasgow.

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Contract Scotland are working in close partnership with one of Scotland’s leading privately-owned Residential Developers. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a tight-knit team where each team member’s contribution is genuinely valued.

Our client is looking to expand their team and are currently seeking a Construction Manager with experience in rail, particularly in supervising overhead line electrification, to join their team on a permanent basis based in West of Scotland.

They have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Site Agent to join their team on a permanent basis in the West of Scotland. It is essential that you have experience managing within the rail sector particularly on overhead line electrification

As an overhead line electrification engineer you will work closely with colleagues whilst being highly motivated and adaptable. Experience in the specification, design, installation, bringing into use, on-going maintenance and asset management of overhead line equipment for the rail sector

Contract Scotland are working with an established family-run building contractor to source an experienced site foreman for a development in West Lothian.

This is an exciting opportunity to progress in a career in operational project delivery. This is a full-time role that, in time, will offer career progression.

Contract Scotland is looking for Administrators to join our client, based in Stirling, who operate within the Financial Services Sector. These are full time, permanent positions offering complete flexibility between home and office working. You must have administration experience with the ability to work accurately and efficiently

A well respected main contractor with a rich heritage in Scotland’s construction industry is looking to add a Quantity Surveyor to their established commercial team in Edinburgh. Our client has worked on some of Britain’s most iconic buildings and will provide the opportunity to work on diverse and exciting developments

Have you a passion for excellent customer service? Do you enjoy a variety of fast-paced work?

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Customer Service Manager to join our client, a global outsourcing company, that operates within the Financial Services sector.

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Senior Customer Service Manager to join our client, a global outsourcing company, that operates within the Financial Services sector. This position will be responsible for the resolution of Operational Incidents.

Contract Scotland has a fantastic opportunity for a Data Analyst to join our solutions driven and innovative client, in the Falkirk area. This is a full time, permanent role offering you the chance to learn and develop new skills and experience with a company who delivers excellent service in an extremely competitive, industry sector.

With 30+ years in business and following an ambitious & energizing management buyout which took place in early 2021, we are going to grow and improve again.

Contract Scotland are recruiting for a Site Manager for one of our key clients. This fast-paced company have projects based throughout Central Scotland. You will ideally have a background in Fit out and Refurbishment, as this client specialises in office fit-out.

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How to ask for a pay rise

Even if you absolutely love what you do, you have the most amazing colleagues and you work for a really great business, an insufficient salary can leave you feeling undervalued. If this is the case, or you simply feel that your development as an employee deserves rewarding, then it’s time to ask for a pay rise.

Asking for a pay rise is perfectly normal, and yet the vast majority of us still feel anxious to do it. And whilst it’s normal to feel a little bit nervous about asking for a salary increase, providing your reasons are justified, there’s no reason for you to feel as though your request is unjust.

Needless to say, your employer doesn’t have to grant your request for a payrise, but they certainly have to consider it. So, to ensure that your case is a good one, be sure to write up a document explaining why you feel you are deserving of an increase.

Depending on the type of role you have, there may be various different things that you have helped the business to achieve. Perhaps you came up with a new strategy to lower expenditure on your team? Or maybe you’ve been on the team a while and you’ve unofficially taken on a level of seniority that you didn;t have when you were first employed? Whatever the circumstances may be, be sure to document as many examples as you can to help support your case.

If you have been in the same job role for an extensive period of time but you’ve never been offered a pay rise, then it may be time for you to take the lead a little. Even if you’re perfectly happy continuing with the job you are doing, your loyalty to the business and continued hard work should be rewarded.

Top things to consider when asking for a pay rise

Top tips on asking
for a salary increase

Be Prepared

Before jumping in and asking for a pay rise, it’s important that you are prepared. Even if you have an amazing working relationship with your manager, it’s unlikely that your request will be fulfilled if you don’t have a case to back it up.

Now is the time to reflect on everything you have done both for your team and for the business as a whole. Make note of any projects where you went above and beyond what is expected of you and be sure to mention any training you have helped provide to new staff members or apprentices. It may be worthwhile providing dates, too.

A timeline of your achievements will demonstrate how much you have grown as an employee, and is guaranteed to support your case. You may also wish to research how your pay compares with the average salary of those with the same title as you are paid. If you are already being paid below the industry average for your role, it may be in the company’s interest to increase your salary, as much as it is yours.

Timing Is Everything

You are well within your right to ask for a pay rise, but try to be mindful of timing. It’s important to consider the current circumstances of the business as a whole. For instance, if a large number of redundancies have just been announced, then now probably isn’t the best time to be asking for an increase.

There are certain times in which your pay rise chat is more likely to be successful. Perhaps you’ve just finished a really great project that your manager was particularly impressed with, or maybe you’ve just had your annual performance review and you’re smashing your targets.

It could even be that your manager is in a really great mood right now and the team as a whole is performing well. If it feels like a good time to ask, go for it. If not, hold off for a little while longer and continue to build your case.

What To Say When Asking For a Pay Rise

Now that you’ve got a date and time set for your meeting, you should be thinking about what you’re going to say. Don’t plan too much – you don’t want things to sound robotic or over rehearsed, but it’s important to feel prepared & to be ready for anything that your manager may ask you.

It’s a good idea to take the lead in this meeting, so be as specific as possible with your salary expectations and be sure to
remain confident and enthusiastic throughout. One thing that you don’t want to come across is the fact that you’re unhappy with your salary and that you’re feeling undervalued as a result of this. Even if this is the case, it’s best to express your gratitude for what you have and to showcase your determination to elevate the success of the business.

Justifying Your Request

Even if you’re constantly receiving praise for your efforts, it’s essential that you justify exactly why you feel you deserve an increase. Take the time to document your successes and present these to your manager.

You could collate screen grabs of results from campaigns, evidence of how much money you have brought in or even a
portfolio of the work you feel most proud of. However you wish to do it, be certain to bring something to the meeting that
proves your successes. Seeing is believing!

Be Ready To Negotiate and Compromise

You may be lucky enough to get exactly what you’ve asked for straight-up, no questions asked, but more often than not, your manager will come back to you with a lower figure in the hope that you will be happy to compromise.

Any increase is better than nothing, so, even if the pay rise you are offered doesn’t quite meet your expectations, try to focus on the positives. It’s a step in the right direction and it’s better than a firm ‘no.’ However, if you are completely unhappy with your manager’s counter offer, you must be ready to negotiate.

When negotiating, maintain complete professionalism at all times. Express how grateful you are for their offer, but that you had hoped for more and that you feel your achievements are worthy of a slightly higher figure. Your manager should respect your honesty and be willing to hear you out.

What To Do After Your Meeting

Once your meeting has taken place, it’s essential that you continue to demonstrate how hardworking and committed you are. It is possible that your manager is still reviewing your case rise at this point, so it’s imperative that you really prove your worth during this time.

How you behave after a payrise conversation could make the difference between getting an increase and getting nothing at all, so be mindful of how you conduct yourself. Now is the time to go above and beyond and to really impress those around you.

If after a week you still haven’t been presented with an outcome, request another meeting with your manager to follow up on your chat. They may be awaiting approval from a staff member that is senior to them, so try not to assume the worst and as always, remain polite and professional.

What To Do If Your Case Is Unsuccessful

We all know that there are no guarantees when we request a salary increase, but that doesn’t make the outcome any less disappointing. After receiving the news that you won’t be receiving a pay rise, it is likely that you are feeling incredibly deflated – and rightly so. However, no matter what, it’s important that you continue to be as hardworking and reliable as ever.

Coming back from this disappointing news might not be easy, but by continuing to excel yourself, you are proving just how valuable you are to the business. Your ongoing commitment and resilience should be noted by your manager and you never know, in a couple of months, you might just get the outcome that you were hoping for.

If, however, this pay rise was a ‘make or break’ scenario for you, perhaps now is the time to explore what’s out there. You deserve to feel valued and appreciated as an employee and if this isn’t the case, an exciting new career move could just be the way to go. There are lots of amazing jobs out there, so don’t delay – update your CV and start your job search today.