Ionic Recruitment’s Managing Director, Martyn Makinson, talks to Future Constructor & Architect about the findings in the Farmer report and how it affects the construction recruitment industry. The Farmer report created a stir in the construction industry at the start of UK Construction Week, with looming headlines predicting the demise of the construction industry, rising […]

Introducing our newest employee to join the Ionic team, Donna Rhodes.

With over 15 years experience in recruitment Donna has joined Ionic to take control of our white collar contract division as Associate Director.

To welcome Donna to the team we asked her a few questions.

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Travel and Subsistence allowance changes in March 2016 Budget

Last week saw George Osborne deliver his latest budget to the country.  Contained within the budget was the formal announcement about the change to contract and freelance workers’ pay structures that he outlined in his previous budget.

The decision to implement the new legislation has a massive impact on the contract recruitment sector. We’ve spoken to Julia Kermode from the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) to comment on the new changes and she had the following to say….

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The job market is over-heating in the construction sector with skills shortages causing pressure, driving up costs and holding back growth.

One of the most noticeable effects of the skills shortage is that competition for skilled people has resulted in a race to the bottom of who can pay the most to subcontractors and new employees and with deeper pockets, larger construction companies will be at an advantage.

Smaller developers will find that they can’t compete with the larger companies and struggle take on more work as their margins shrink due to labour costs.

On an individual level, companies would do well to remember that salary isn’t everything to attracting talent. In our experience, whether it is a tradesperson or management, people often place work environment and none financial benefits over a large salary.

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Construction Skills Shortage Holds Back Housing

 House builders are operating under the combined pressure of rising costs and real shortages in the labour market; a double whammy which is holding back growth.

The reality of the situation is that we just don’t have enough skilled workers to build the homes we need. In the words of Peter Box, the Local Government Association’s housing spokesman, Britain has trained “too many hairdressers and not enough Bricklayers”.

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As we’ve all seen in recent news articles the UK’s construction industry is starting to suffer due to a shortage of Site Managers.

The ‘Building for Growth’ report by Lloyds Banking Group, shows a third of construction companies are failing to find qualified candidates for Site Manger roles which is causing our construction sites problems.

With figures for the industry showing a 34% shortage for Site Managers and Electricians, with Project Managers following closely behind on 33%, and Quantity Surveyors and Architects facing a 31% shortage there has unavoidably been a negative effect on the construction industry output.

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Leading construction recruitment business Ionic has expanded its Midlands operation and moved to a new office base in Tamworth.

The Midlands team is now located at Pacific House, Relay Point, under the leadership of Hayley Jackson.

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