Category Archives: Construction

National Minimum Wage Rise- Is your company prepared?

Posted on September 30th, 2015 in Commercial, Construction, General, Hospitality, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Social Care & Housing

It’s that time of the year again when the National Minimum Wage rates increase. As of October 1 2015 the National Minimum Wage will increase as follows:

- Adult rate for anyone over the age of 21 will increase by 20p to £6.70 per hour 

- For 18 – 20 year olds the rate will increase by 17p to £5.30 per hour

- The hourly rate for 16 – 17 year olds will be increasing by 8p to £3.87 per hour

- The apprentice rate will increase by 57p to £3.30 per hour

- Accommodation offset increases from £5.08 to £5.35

It is the duty of the employer to recognise this change and amend employee salaries accordingly.

If you are an employer or a prospective candidate and you need advice about the new minimum wage please get in touch to find out how we can help.

Jobs For The Future

Posted on August 25th, 2015 in Commercial, Construction, General, Hospitality, Industrial, Oil and Gas

In our ever-changing labour market, various job trends come and go and subsequently, the demand for various skills and qualifications is also changing.

Polarization of the UK labour market, fuelled by the recession in 2008, has played a large role in encouraging these changes, with jobs at both the bottom and top end of the market growing, while jobs in the middle ground began to decline, providing the UK with an ‘hourglass’ labour market. In general, the market experienced demand in low-paid, low skilled jobs and high-paid, high-skilled jobs, with routine work being significantly affected by polarization. So the question is – which specific jobs are now in high demand and how should we be building our skill sets?

In the interest of revitalising the economy, areas of growth are found mostly to be within non-routine work, whereas around a decade ago, routine work held a steady position. However with new technologies becoming the most appealing candidates for routine work, many positions have now become obsolete.

With professional and managerial jobs on the rise, titles such as, ‘marketing manager’, ‘finance manager’ or ‘sales manager’ are amongst the most desirable positions in the UK labour market today. Other popular areas such as product management, IT, software and law also rank highly.

In terms of career opportunities, these sectors are particularly desirable to students and more specifically, graduates, therefore it is no surprise that courses in these areas are among the most popular in the UK. Most UK universities now have dedicated business schools, specialising in various subjects, such as Marketing, Finance, Economics, Human Resources and Management. According to Business Insider, business students also have the advantage, as these industries are currently recruiting the most graduates in the UK.

According to recruiting experts there is an increasing demand for candidates with skills within the marketing profession, specifically digital skills,as the economy begins to restore itself. They also found that business skills in other areas, such as finance are in high demand, as the private sector continues to grow. In the interest of an economic upturn, experts also predict an increasing demand for professionals in Human Resources, qualified to employ the right candidates for the right positions.

With consideration for the decline in routine jobs, it would seem that managerial roles are quickly becoming the most desirable roles, with business-related degrees providing widespread advantages in the current labour market. And according to the Scottish Government, creative industries are amongst the country’s growth sectors, therefore providing a ‘comparative advantage’.

What Lies Ahead For Construction?

Posted on July 27th, 2015 in Construction, General

Right now, there has never been a better time to be in the construction sector as it enjoys its most significant boom in years. The sheer number of new building projects that are being undertaken across the country shows that things are on the up once again. With more jobs now available on the market than ever before, it really is a golden time for the industry.

Seeing more people finding work after a significant downturn in demand a few years ago will always be a welcome change in circumstance. If we look at the construction sector during those tough years at the start of the recession, it reveals some interesting factors at work which have a knock on effect today.

It is common knowledge that the recent recession had a particularly negative effect on the construction sector. As trade continued to slow down, it reduced the amount of apprenticeships being available across the board, resulting in fewer new tradesmen and in some cases seeing experienced ones move on to other lines of work or retiring altogether.

The after effects are being felt today, and is good news for those who specialise in a trade. With less skilled workers out there it has become a hunter’s market when it comes to jobs. With so many new projects available, tradesmen are benefiting from a higher rate than before. We can see the same happening with labourers and management positions, as the amount of jobs continue to outpace workers available.

This current trend will at some point plateau or settle down, as it does following a boom in demand for any sector. But if we look at the recent example of the recession, where demand can suddenly halt, what lessons can we take from it?

The main one would be to use this time of increased demand to build a relationship with a trusted source of recruitment. In doing so you will have a reliable source of finding work if ever the demand does ease off, and you will stand to reap the benefits in planning ahead for whatever lies ahead for the industry.

As the saying goes, the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining, so it is always best to get a plan in place when everything is going smoothly. Building a relationship with a recruitment company now not only helps find jobs but it creates a trust element and builds loyalty, something which will always help you find work in any industry.

For now we hope to see the current boom in the construction industry continue, and based on the amount of building projects we have helped to recruit for, it shows no signs of letting up anytime soon, which is good news for everyone!


Changing demands are a useful and promising indicator…

Posted on July 17th, 2015 in Construction, General, Industrial

We hear lots of commentators and politicians talking about greater confidence and a general upturn in the economy, and whilst we may not be inclined to believe them, there are very definite signs within the recruitment industry that things are indeed improving.

Perhaps one sector that is experiencing an immediate, and most obvious, change is construction. Demand for most disciplines in the construction industry has increased dramatically in recent months, and this is set to continue to increase as more and more construction projects come online.

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The state of the construction industry has, for a long time, been the yardstick by which the economy in general can be measured, so it is pleasing to see lots of activity and vacancies appearing all over Scotland.

However, there are other key roles that are also useful indicators about economic conditions: such us, a noticeable increase in organisations across all sectors looking for business development executives.  Surely this is a clear message that all manner of businesses are feeling more confident about the future and are now willing to invest in the future development of their businesses.


Furthermore, we are witnessing a similar increased demand for personnel in the industrial sector, usually a strong indication of increased levels of productivity.  With an increase in output, comes an increase in transportation of goods, so naturally we’re not surprised to also be seeing an increase in the demand for drivers.

Many other sectors continue to thrive such as telecommunications where demand is still growing steadily for skilled engineers and technicians.  Likewise, our more seasonal demands within catering and hospitality are also in a healthy state as Scotland continues to attract a good share of festivals and sporting events such as last week’s T in the Park and this week’s Open Championship at St Andrews.

All in all, we are delighted that our clients are busy and experiencing genuine growth.

Primestaff Job Roundup – March

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 in Commercial, Construction, General, Hospitality, Industrial, Social Care & Housing

At Primestaff we are always looking for candidates to fill roles across all of our divisions. Whether it is a role in Construction or Commercial, Black & Black or Industrial, we have plenty of positions available and our team here are wanting to hear from you.

We know that sometimes searching for a job can be a long and sometimes difficult process. So to make things easier, we are bringing you a quick roundup of the latest positions available across all divisions at Primestaff, if you think you are right for the job then please get in touch with us to apply!

Care Assistants – Glasgow and surrounding areas

Black & Black social care and housing is a highly respected quality provider of suitable skilled and qualified care professionals. We urgently require experienced Care Assistants to work in various care and nursing homes supporting frail, elderly, dementia and respite care.

You must have a genuine interest in working within a caring environment  with a sensitive approach to the needs of our clients. You should possess excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to cope under pressure.

For more information and to apply please email –


Estimator – Glasgow

Primestaff Technical are looking for an Estimator to join our clients busy estimating department and assist with their widespread tendering activities across the group. Our client works in various different construction sectors including housing, commercial and education.

The key role carries with it full responsibility for handling tender opportunities throughout the estimating cycle. You will be reporting directly to the Estimating Manager and liaise with all other functional departments within the organisation for input and support, as well as assisting other less experienced members and supporting their development.

For more information and to apply please email –


Project and Support Administrator – Glasgow

Primestaff Commercial are seeking to fill a new position that has become available for a prestigious Glasgow client for Project and Support Administrator.

Working closely with the sales team, the duties include planning, documenting and provisioning of new customers; Documenting each step of the process of bringing on new customers; Regularly communicating progress internally and to customers; provide a training agenda and finally communicating end product to customers, supporting them through the delivery process.

For more information and to apply please email –


Experienced Forklift Drivers – Grangemouth

Our Construction division at Primestaff are currently looking for experienced forklift drivers with double handling experience to work with our client based in Grangemouth.

This is a long term contract that will feature various shift patterns and hours. Please also note that interviews for this position are being held in our head office in Glasgow.

For more information and to apply please email –


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Helping Achieve Health & Safety

Posted on April 11th, 2014 in Construction

In a previous blog post, we discussed how Primestaff ensures that all construction candidates have CSCS, the leading competency card scheme for construction.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is guaranteed from Primestaff candidates because of its benefits to both the client and the candidate, as it proves they have already attained an agreed level of occupational competence.

Sounds great, so why not just go ahead and get one? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that, as there are a couple of things that you need to pass in order to apply for a CSCS card, including the CITB health and safety test.

If you still need to sit the CITB HS&E test, don’t fret, as Primestaff are here to provide you with assistance to help you pass.

The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions that must be answered in 45 minutes; 12 behavioural case studies that will demonstrate your knowledge of how to stay safe on a construction site, and 38 knowledge questions to check your awareness of health, safety and environment issues.

The CITB website says: “The knowledge questions cover 16 core areas that are included in all of the tests. For example, you might be asked to identify different fire extinguishers and signs.

“The questions are all based on British legislation. Legislation in Northern Ireland differs from the rest of the UK, but for practical reasons all test candidates will answer questions based on UK legislation only.”

So, why do you need to pass the HS&E test? As we have said previously, you will not be able to apply for a CSCS card which will prove that you are a competent construction worker, however there are exceptions to this.

According to the CSCS website “If you have achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ within the last two years and are applying for a CSCS card for the occupation the NVQ or SVQ relates to, you may not have to pass a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.”

This, of course, is not the case for everyone, so if you need help getting your qualifications, get in touch and we’ll give you a push in the right direction (OK, we may not push you, as that will be against health and safety policies…).

If you want to find out more about Primestaff Construction, you can get in touch with us on 0141 248 4711 or email us at

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Construction Compliance and Competency

Posted on January 23rd, 2014 in Construction

As we explained in our previous blog post, Primestaff has been providing services to the construction industry since 1993, and we can supply temporary, contract and permanent staff to M&E, Facilities Management and general construction clients throughout Scotland and the north east of England.

As part of our commitment to supplying high quality staff to our clients, Primestaff Construction ensure that all construction candidates have CSCS, the leading competency card scheme for construction.

For those who don’t know, CSCS was set up in the mid 90s with the aim of improving site workers’ competence to reduce accidents and drive up on-site efficiency.

The scheme keeps a database of those working in construction that achieve, or can demonstrate they have already attained an agreed level of occupational competence.

Most contractors and construction clients insist that workers on their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they undertake as demonstration of their commitment to safe and efficient working.

If you are a candidate looking for a construction job and don’t yet have the necessary qualifications or competence, our experienced construction consultants are here to help.

We can help you apply for a CSCS card, help you fill out your application form and even provide you with assistance to help you pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment test.

If you want to find out more about Primestaff Construction, you can get in touch with us on 0141 248 4711 or email us at

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Services Explored – Construction

Posted on January 20th, 2014 in Construction

Primestaff has been providing services to the construction industry since 1993, and our tried and tested workforce is renowned throughout the industry for quality and productivity.

Primestaff Construction can supply temporary, contract and permanent staff to the M&E, Facilities Management and general construction clients throughout Scotland and the north of England.

And although we have construction and M&E consultants working under the same services banner, our consultants are completely separate; ensuring they know exactly what specialities our clients expect and require.

We believe Primestaff Construction’s commitment to customer satisfaction within this market is unsurpassed; a belief which is founded upon our vast experience of working in partnership with both local and national construction companies.

From site labour through to project management, long or short term, our consultants provide a fast, friendly and expert response.

Primestaff Construction recruits for a full range of positions including; bricklayers, joiners, electricians, plumbers and scaffolders.

At this moment in time, one of our clients is recruiting two experienced Compex Electricians to work out of their Stirling workshop.

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We are also looking for an Electrical/Mechanical Engineer with experience of Machine Tool Maintenance and Machine Tool Service, and electricians, with relevant certification, required for temporary Commercial and Domestic contracts in and around Glasgow.

To view all current construction job listings, click HERE, and for more information, or for a confidential chat with one of our experienced construction consultants, please contact us on 0141 248 4711 or email us at

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