• Saudi Arabia’s construction industry set to ignite

    The list of international construction hotspots may be surprising to those unfamiliar to the sector After all, you may not expect Turkey to possess the second largest construction industry on the globe by volume of projects completed outside of its home country. You also might not know that Indonesia would be one of the leading sites for development in the coming years. And while the likes of China, India and the US are all home to enormous construction firms and masses of building activity, there’s a surprising new contender entering the global arena. But why is Saudi Arabia’s construction industry set to ignite?

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  • The construction gender pay gap and what it means for gender diversity

    There aren’t many women working in the construction industry, nearly all of you will be aware of that. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve launched our #GirlsAllowed campaign, to help level the playing field and build on the shockingly low number of female professionals operating in the industry. Currently, just 1% of all onsite roles are held by women and this has to be improved if we’re to have any chance of tackling skills shortages.

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  • Top 5 areas for home development

    Major new homes developments are popping up left, right and centre in the UK at the moment. Many of us will be familiar with the sight of large-scale housing projects driven by the need for robust and affordable housing. These builds can create hundreds of jobs, not just in traditional construction and engineering roles, but also for newer positions like sales and marketing specialists.

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  • Construction CV tips: What you need to know

    As a specialist construction and rail recruiter we, unsurprisingly, receive a high volume of CVs. The quality of these applications varies enormously and while many professionals know exactly what information to include and how to present it, it’s become clear that many others in the industry are damaging their chances of securing a role before they’ve even had the chance to interview. But what construction CV tips should professionals keep in mind when applying for positions?

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  • Appetite for construction heads north

    In recent years demand for construction skills has largely stemmed from the capital. This won’t take too many readers by surprise, after all, London has been the focus of investment from both the government and private sector firms for some time. However, according to a new report, that trend is changing.

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  • Mental health in construction: The elephant in the room

    The everyday person probably doesn’t put a lot of thought into the plight of the average construction worker, the people building skyscrapers like the Gherkin and Shard and the thousands of critically important infrastructure and development projects that are being erected every single day. However, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics – and unbeknownst to almost everyone – the construction industry is facing a huge mental health crisis, worse than almost every other industry. But why is mental health in construction such a major problem and what can be done to tackle it?

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  • The changing construction sector

    The world around us is changing at a rapid rate. Driverless cars are set to carry us from location-to-location in a matter of years, numerous firms in sectors like architecture are using virtual reality to outline plans for major builds and the guy from ‘The Apprentice USA’ is leader of the free world. It’s an exciting time to be alive. But what is changing in the construction industry?

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  • Technology is here to save the construction industry

    Aside from political matters, the growth of technology and its potential impact is one of the hot topics around at the moment. The majority of the media focus usually hints that its potential impact will be largely negative and that, ultimately, technology in some form is coming to steal your job. However, a new report from PwC suggests that this certainly isn’t the case in construction at least and, in fact, tech could provide the impetus to spark the industry back into life and usher in a new era.

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  • The global rail industry in 2017

      For those of you who have been able to take your eyes off our Prime Minister’s attempts to sabotage her own election, you may have noticed that Kenya recently completed its largest infrastructure project in 50 years, a Chinese funded state railway connecting Nairobi with coastal city, Mombasa. However, that’s far from the only major rail project under development around the world:

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  • The World’s largest construction projects

    Regular readers of the construction press could be forgiven for feeling just a tad pessimistic. Productivity is rising, yes, but the number of people actually able to make projects happen is falling and very little being is done about it. That’s before we factor in that up to 200,000 professionals from the current workforce are set to leave the UK post-Brexit, potentially leaving us in an even more perilous situation. But we’ve decided to take a break from the negativity in the domestic market and instead look to the rest of the world, but what are some of the biggest engineering and construction projects taking place at the moment?

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