Building Services has always been known as the profession that brings buildings to life, however it is often the technical expertise behind the scenes that hold a lot of the cards when it comes to innovation and future development.
As a specialist technical recruitment partner for trades and blue collar workers, we are fully aware of the crucial part it has to play in the lifeblood of any new construction, from gas engineers and electricians through to joiners and bricklayers – each has a key part to play.
It is therefore the lynchpin for ensuring that a building, whether domestic or commercial, is comfortable, functional, efficient, and safe. In other words, fit for purpose.
This means the career path for technical employees is highly diverse with new roles constantly appearing, especially in areas such as facilities management, social housing and fit-out / office interiors.
This growth of opportunity is great news for the sector, especially with the recent news that the government is going to kick start the economy with a £5b investment in the construction industry, with its ‘shovel ready’ plan to build new homes and public sector projects, as such creating many new opportunities for key trades people.
With an increasing demand for more sustainable and energy efficient buildings, we have recently seen a growth in both the traditional and the specialised trade engineers. With many helping lay the foundations (no pun intended) of the future with an increasing involvement at the design stage, professional trades such as Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers are providing a move away from the previous ‘build and design’ model where projects are only partially designed before work starts.
This has encouraged the sector to focus on innovation in a bid to reduce energy costs, increase productivity and improve the health and wellbeing of occupants. In fact, there is probably no other career that is having such an impact on conserving the environment at the moment.
We are also seeing a high degree of diversification within the sector and are busy recruiting staff that mirror this distinction. This reflects the increasing use of multi-trades people, such as fuel engineers, joiners, plumbers, electricians and maintenance engineers in the sector. But it’s not just recruiting a body to fill a role that’s essential – it’s equally important to have someone with the technical knowledge, skills and qualifications for the job, especially from a health and safety perspective.
There is no doubt that much of this growth will come from a re-evaluation of how we work and live post Covid-19 lockdown. For many, the temporary situation of working from home will become permanent. In fact, according to a recent survey 45% of respondents expect that this will be the case for them as lockdown eases, with a third of those interviewed by YouGov anticipating an increase in working from home by at least 3 days a week after lockdown.
Both business premises and homes will therefore need to be designed with the ‘new normal’ in mind. This is where technical blue collar workers play a major role in the building of new properties.
At Multitask Personnel, we have a team of professional recruiters who know the Technical sector inside out and can offer advice to both employers and employees who are looking to take advantage of the exponential growth in this sector.
Our pool of candidates are highly skilled in their specialist area, holding relevant qualifications and safety measures, such as being Gas Safe registered, so you can rest assured any candidates we put forward for your position, be them contract or permanent, will be of the highest standard.