Labour demand rises

Peace Recruitment Group director Tamara Jaberu.
Peace Recruitment Group director Tamara Jaberu.

Peace Recruitment Group has revealed that its ‘trades and labour’ department has doubled in size over the last six months. 

Director Tamara Jaberu said this is further evidence that the UK construction sector is flourishing despite recent negative headlines.

“The construction sector in the UK is definitely in a good place right now,” Tamara said. “More work is coming into the market and employers are looking to hire. Our trades and labour department exceeded all expectations last year, and as a result we have hired three new recruits since April, meaning we now have a team of six. This enables us to provide a much fuller service to Edinburgh and the Lothians, the Glasgow area and Aberdeen and Dundee.”

Tamara said the company’s major challenge is a shortage of candidates.

“When I started the department back in 2012, clients had their pick of good quality candidates,” she said. “However, now this has almost spun on its head and its the skilled candidates who now hold most of the power. Firms can still find the right people but competition is fierce. Employers need to be aware that it may take more time to find the right candidate, they need to be flexible in what they are looking for, and they need to put together as attractive a package as possible.”