The challenges these sectors have faced
Both the construction and industrial sectors have taken a hit over the past few months due to the devastating pandemic we are all experiencing, causing a disruption in many projects across the UK and forcing people out of work. However, recent communications have welcomed positivity and some light at the end of the tunnel for these industries. The construction industry, in particular, is set to commence phase one this week as the lockdown starts to ease across Scotland, allowing sites to reopen as long as effective social distancing procedures are in place and suitable hygiene facilities are installed to ensure the utmost safety to all staff.
According to the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum, more than two-thirds of construction organisations furloughed their staff, whilst over a third unfortunately shut down completely due to the effects of Covid-19. The recent survey gathered responses from nearly 400 Scottish construction companies in which almost 80% of respondents admitted that cashflow has been interrupted, emphasising the need for continued support to get these businesses back up and running as normal.
These challenging times have caused extreme uncertainty within the construction and industrial industries but taking into consideration Scotland’s international reputation it holds within these sectors, the chance to build organisations up again is imminent. And although a 25% output decrease is predicted for this year, the Construction Products Association have forecasted that companies will steadily recover by the end of 2021.
It has been reported that nearly 90% of members sites within the Build UK association are now open throughout England and Wales. Evidently, more workers are finishing their furlough period to return to work, which is encouraging for the Scottish market, which is operating just a couple of weeks behind the rest of the UK.
How can we support clients throughout this transition?
The construction and industrial industries have both been an integral component of Stafffinders for over 49 years and we’re delighted to be in a position to not only aid our current clients in this change, but also welcome new clients all across Scotland who need support and assistance with their recruitment needs. Our strong heritage provides us with unrivalled knowledge and expertise, combined with paramount competence and resources.
Our construction and industrial teams deal with both temporary and permanent vacancies and have a broad client base ranging from small subcontractors to large, international main contractors and developers; local and national private practices to global construction consultancies; local authorities and housebuilders.
As a family-run Scottish company, we concentrate on the Scottish marketplace, dealing not only with recruitment in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the central belt but also from Inverness-shire to Dumfries-shire and from Ayrshire to Tayside. We have a sizeable and ever-increasing database of candidates, covering most disciplines within the construction and industrial industry.
Tailoring our services to match the client's requirements, is something we take great pride in and we're ready to support your business wherever you are across Scotland!
To organise a discussion with our dedicated construction and industrial team, please contact us via the email addresses below: