Our extensive experience in the challenging UK construction market combined with our knowledge of the NZ construction environment has provided us with an invaluable sense of reality about how hard it is to recruit in this space. There is no doubt that globally the most significant issue affecting project delivery is maintaining a skilled workforce at every level of the process. We understand that the dilution of standards and culture within your organisation is not an option and our professional, informed and if required creative approach to the process is singularly designed to ensure both candidates and clients have confidence in our actions.
If you only need a key word search of a candidate’s cv to determine suitability then there is no point paying a recruiter a fee for that. However, if you are looking for a comprehensive assessment of a candidates skills, experience, qualifications and most importantly, attitude. Then we would be very keen to assist and establish a long term relationship that is beneficial to all parties.
It is critical that we establish a solid relationship with our clients, however it is equally important that the candidates we engage with have confidence in our motives and judgment when talking to them about a role.
Construction is a fast changing environment and even the most precisely planned works programme can be affected by external and internal influences. The ability to bring in additional skilled trade, professional and management resources to manage these changing demands is critical. We have significant experience managing this activity primarily in the UK where freelance contractors are widely used in both private and public sector organisations. The key factor for us as a recruiter is to ensure we apply the same level of judgement when placing a contractor.
For the client there are potentially significant tangible and intangible benefits. The obvious is the reduced commitment to a long term employment obligation however a good quality contractor who has experience in a variety of environments can often introduce new ideas at critical times and are usually accustomed to working in pressurised situations.
For the contractor there are also similar benefits, the most significant being the exposure to a wide variety of projects and career building opportunities.
Like New Zealand, the UK is struggling with a significant skills shortage and construction would be very close to the top of the list of affected sectors. For this reason there is a continuous requirement for motivated individuals who want to combine an overseas experience with a career enhancing work opportunity. Unfortunately there can be challenges with translating your NZ experience to the UK environment. This is where our unique understanding of both can be a significant benefit to both parties.
We have no immediate desire to drain NZ of its indigenous talent however we are aware that this northern pilgrimage has been a major part of a Kiwis personal and professional development for a long time and if required we would be happy to assist individuals looking to have the experience
NZ Relocation Opportunities
As a result of the earthquakes in Christchurch, Number 8 has maintained an ongoing conduit between the UK and NZ contractors providing a recruitment service to identify quality individuals who will make a positive contribution to the NZ industry and community. Although the flow has slowed from previous levels this is still very much an option for NZ employers who feel they need to expand their search to fill critical roles. Our experience with this service has provided us with a firm grasp of the challenges involved with this level of relocation and we are very aware of the commitment required by all parties to ensure this process is sustainable.
If your business has considered this course of action we would be happy to talk through the pro’s and con’s and how it all works.