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Sean Birrane

Lakehouse appoints new chief executive

Contractor promotes Sean Birrane to lead the firm, amid major senior management reshuffle

Kier

Kier hires ex-Morgan Sindall infrastructure boss

Exclusive: Former Morgan Sindall managing director of infrastructure joins rival to head up regional division

Wembley and Etihad stadiums

HOK picks London boss as it targets UK growth

US architect transfers Daniel Hajjar from Dubai office to helm new strategy with emphasis on sport architecture

CAREERS FEATURES

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Why be a distance learner?

19 Jun 14

More and more construction professionals who want to gain a competitive edge to progress their careers are turning to distance learning. Just don’t think of it as the easy option

Trouble at the top

Trouble at the top

10 Apr 14

Bad managers can have a big impact on staff morale and productivity levels, and they could even pose a serious threat to the industry’s upturn. So why are there so many of them?

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Skills shortages: Let the right ones in

20 Feb 14

With the upturn in work has come predictions of a skills shortage. But the CIC’s Jack Pringle thinks the need for architects, QSs and engineers is already so critical that we should be sourcing them from outside the UK and Europe

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Careers: Should I stay or should I go?

31 Jan 14

For young UK construction professionals looking with gloom at this country’s embattled industry, overseas work has long seemed a tempting prospect. But as work here picks up, can the UK retain and even regain its skilled staff? Mike Brown reports

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A bit of BIM

22 Nov 13

In a crowded workplace, architecture graduates may find that knowing a bit about Building Information Modelling can make all the difference to getting a job

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Good Employer Guide 2013: Seeds of contentment

25 Oct 13

Despite the financial drought, many businesses have still found a way to nurture their best talent. We look at what the best companies are doing, and how

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Good Employer Guide 2013: Small in size, big on ideas

25 Oct 13

SMEs may not offer the fullest range of employee benefits and they certainly can’t sustain huge HR departments, but these restrictions can in fact make them very attractive employers

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Have passport, will travel

27 Sep 13

A survey of built environment professionals reveals a surprising readiness to up sticks and move abroad for work

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How to be a Green Deal assessor

21 Jun 13

What’s involved in working as a Green Deal assessor, what training is required and what skills are needed? Read on to find out

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Finding work after study

10 Apr 13

How do university courses support students in finding employment? We spoke to four built environment schools to find out what they offer

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Blacklisting: A history of distrust, disunity and discord

14 Mar 13

Is the cause of blacklisting a fundamental flaw in the relationship between workers and their bosses?

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Is learning getting harder?

23 November 2012

Are employers still willing to support staff who want to gain more qualifications? James Clegg looks at the impact of the recession on opportunities for part-time study

News Analysis

'I'll be back' - Why bosses return to run their companies

21 Nov 12

Why some bosses come back to save the companies they founded - with varying degrees of success

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The benefits creating the most buzz

26 October 2012

Tough times have meant a shift in what employees value from their jobs. Debika Ray examines which benefits have emerged as the most sought-after in the altered landscape and what employers are doing to provide them

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Staff benefits: What's it worth?

26 October 2012

Building reports on the key trends in staff benefits among the most forward-thinking firms in construction

Kevin Williams from Faithful + Gould

View from my office: Kevin Williams

19 Oct 12

The Faithful+Gould regional director can hear Jazz every Thursday evening in the summer months

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Contractor salary survey 2012: Signs of life

14 September 2012

Find out the winners and losers in this year’s salary survey with our interactive tables and full analysis

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Careers: Is Qatar your next destination?

14 September 2012

Qatar is an oil-rich country that plans to spend 40% of its budget improving infrastructure between now and 2016. Can you afford to leave it off your CV?

News Analysis

The missing apprentices

24 August 2012

Why are there fewer apprentices in construction despite increased government spending on apprenticeships? Building investigates

Scotland

Scots on the rocks: Construction in Scotland

03 August 2012

Construction activity north of the border is expected to fall 7% this year, but does the Scottish government have better plans than Westminster for digging itself out of trouble?

GOOD EMPLOYER GUIDE 2014

Good Employer Guide 2014

Revealed: Construction's top employers 2014

24 Oct 14

We reveal the 50 firms that make up the Building Good Employer Guide 2014 as well as the top five firms picked by the judges for special praise

ANALYSIS

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Good Employer Guide 2014: Results analysis

24 Oct 14

With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff

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Good Employer Guide 2014: A focus on staff wellbeing

24 Oct 14

Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs

CLASS OF 2014

The class of 2014

The class of 2014: Consultants and engineers

19 September 2014

What made our consultants and engineers choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

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The class of 2014: Architects

18 Sep 14

What made our architects choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

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The class of 2014: Contractors and housebuilders

17 Sep 14

What made our contractors and housebuilders choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

Sarah Richardson

Changing preconceptions

19 Sep 14

A positive external image of the sector will go a long way to bringing in fresh talent 

SALARY SURVEYS

Contractors' salary survey 2014

Contractors' salary survey 2014: The only way is up

2 Oct 14

Construction’s recovery was always going to bring higher wages and the upward pressure on salaries is almost countrywide

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Hays international salary survey 2014

06 June 2014

As memories of the dark days of recession in the UK fade, working abroad may no longer be a necessity, but is often still an attractive option.Jim Dunton looks at Hays’ International Salary Survey 2014 for regions that are on the up

Consultants' salary survey 2014: Rise and shine

The 2014 consultants' salary survey

8 May 14

Wages are still slowly on the up according to this year’s Building/Hays Construction consultants’ salary survey, but more significant is the drive towards recruitment in 2014, with firms seeking - and competing for - new talent to avoid skills shortages on the horizon