Everything you need to know about IR35

Following the recent changes to IR35 legislation, we’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions since the changes first came into place and discuss how they could affect workers engaged via Limited Companies in the future.

Trades workers at a greater risk than any other profession

Trades workers at a greater risk than any other profession If you knew there was an illness that was killing thousands of construction workers, almost undetectable to the untrained eye; would you want to know the cause?

5 Things you must include in a Professional Construction CV

5 Things you must include in a Professional Construction CV With the internet full to the brim with CV writing tutorials, it can be hard to decide who to listen to. We’ve put together an essential Construction CV guide that will apply to you whether you are a Quantity Surveyor, a Tenant Liaison Officer, a […]

Could women help solve the trades skills shortage?

Could women help solve the trades skills shortage? Figures released by AXA insurance in February highlighted a massive lack of gender equality in the construction industry; with women making up a mere 5.2% of the current trades workforce.  We’ve taken a look at the key statistics to demonstrate some of the main issues from the report […]

How do I complete my agency timesheet?

How do I complete my agency timesheet? Temporary employees at Ionic Recruitment need to complete paper timesheets to validate the hours or days they have worked for our client and to ensure they are paid at the end of each week. Completing your timesheet correctly is the most important part of your week! Here’s the […]

What Questions are asked in a Construction Interview?

What Questions are asked in a Construction Interview? In many cases the amount you prepare for an interview is the difference between getting an offer and being shown the door. It’s a good idea to put some time aside for interview preparation. Below we’ve put together some of the most common questions asked during a […]

How Do I Write a CV for a Trades Job?

How do I write a CV for a Trades job? Your potential new boss in the construction industry will be expecting something different to what you might find on ordinary CV tutorials. See our top tips to help you find more work!

Social Media Screening: Tips for Candidates

In the age of social media we are all dedicated to staying in touch with our family and friends through sharing our lives on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, but have you ever considered who has access to your personal accounts?

Chances are your employer does and no doubt there are a few choice pictures you would rather your manager or a prospective employer doesn’t see!

Despite your highly professional LinkedIn profile, future potential employers are taking a sneak peek at your Facebook and Twitter before you’ve secured an interview.

So that you don’t blow your chances of securing your dream job, we’ve put together some top tips on how to manage your image on social media.

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The Counteroffer Conundrum

Here at Ionic, January has been an extremely busy month for our permanent recruitment team. In this month alone, we’ve seen an increase of over 45% new permanent construction jobs being registered with us.

With such an increase in construction companies looking to recruit and the mass skills shortages in the construction sector, it’s created the perfect storm as companies  risk of losing staff as fast  as they are recruiting.

In the last 12 months, construction companies have chosen to make serious counter offers to staff who have given in their notice, as many team members are business or project critical and they simply can’t afford to lose them.

From our experience, we’ve seen counter offers in excess of 20-25% of the person’s annual salary!

Our permanent recruitment team speak with large numbers of permanently employed candidates on a daily basis. During the conversation, we always ask their reasons for wanting to change employers and it’s seldom that money come into the equation.

More often than not, candidates want to seek out pastures new because they feel undervalued, unappreciated or they haven’t received any investment in their training and development and have stagnated in their role.

This results in you taking the bold step to attend interviews, negotiating an offer of employment and accepting a new job with an employer that promises to offer you all of things your present company hasn’t given to you.

The day then arrives of you handing in your notice with your manager and instead of wishing you good luck, they hit you with a significant counter offer of more money.

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