Problems all construction recruitment agencies will face and how to handle them

The construction recruitment industry is growing at an exponential rate. With more construction recruitment agencies popping up all over the UK. We have outlined some of the problems every agency will face and how to handle them, as outlined by industry leaders themselves.

1. Being a small fish in a big pond

When you set up a new agency in the construction industry one of the big challenges is the amount of competition. Simon Girling faces just this. Before setting up his company he did extensive research into his competition and created a detailed plan on how to stand out.

2.  Being overwhelmed

The construction industry isn’t small. Realistically there are thousands of jobs within hundreds of sub-sectors. It’s important not to be overwhelmed and think you can take on all jobs. Alan Derry highlights the importance of specialising your recruitment and going for niche markets.

3.  Not having your nuts and bolts sorted

Tom Flood said that one of the largest challenges he faced when setting up his recruitment agency was having systems in place. Working on paper doesn’t work forever, its easier to think about all the systems you’ll need beforehand especially as some of the costs can be a shock. It’s best to go with a company that you can stick with as you grow such as Talisman, rather than swapping providers every few years!

4.  The Skills shortage and other external factors (Brexit)

The skills shortage is a real problem and had effects on some agencies more than others. It’s important to do your part as a company and help support apprenticeships and education within the industry. Being aware and realistic about the problem is the best way to handle it, don’t bury your head in the sand. Speak to other agencies, even competitors, find out what they have planned. Plan for the worst and then keep planning. Many of our interviewed industry leaders had a deal with it when it happens approach, but all agreed it will affect the industry and it is important to be aware of it.

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