12 years in Construction Recruitment : 5 Reasons to Celebrate

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Pier Consulting Ltd Celebrates its 12th year in Construction Recruitment




In the office today we have been reflecting on how far we have come and our achievements since we were founded.

With Paul Ingram at the helm we have introduced new departments to the business, broadening our offering to clients. This has resulted in the need to double our staff. Since 2013 we have established a new apprenticeship scheme, playing a part in increasing the number of skilled workers in the building services industry (where there has been a significant shortage). We also founded a subsidiary company Pier Resources & Training to provide easy access to training courses & certification for our clients & workers.

Below are listed some facts that show how much we have developed as a business:

  1. In 12 years we have developed relationships with nearly 500 clients in the Construction and M&E industry.
  2. Pier has built a strong database of over 28,000 candidates across England and Wales.
  3. We have grown our business across the bridge from Cardiff. We are now making a name for ourselves on sites as far as London, Plymouth, Cornwall, Oxford, Bristol, Scotland, Swindon, Nottingham, Bath, Gloucester & Cheltenham to name a few new areas.
  4. In 2016 we featured on the Fast Growth 50 list for achieving 90.7% growth between 2013 and 2015.
  5. Since 2013 we have filled over 37,000 time sheets totalling a staggering  1.4 million hours of work for our recruits!

We are proud of what we have achieved to date and excited for what 2018 and beyond may bring!



Llantwit Major under-8s battle St Albans and Llandaff North

Last weekend, Llantwit Major under-8s travelled to St Albans in Cardiff to take on the host St Albans and Llandaff North.

The squad is growing with confidence each week and improving with every game.

They took on what seemed like bigger opposition in size but this didn’t phase the quick running fleet of foot Llantwit players who all played with a smile on their faces.

Out of five games played in a round-robin by the Llantwit players only one was lost and that can be put down to early morning rustiness which soon passed.

Tries throughout the morning were scored by Joe Grinter who just seemed to mesmerise the opposition leaving them grasping at fresh air, Riley Thomas who used his trademark speed to leave defenders in his wake, Ruthyn Griffiths

dancing his way to the line, Iestyn Collins who didn’t take backward step on his way to the line

( I do apologise if I missed out any try scorers).

This week again it was a full squad effort and the tagging and passing by every one was immense,

Tilly Godsell was not letting anyone past her to score a try and tagged at will; Seb Gant was like an octopus with his four tag streak straight after each other leaving the opposition and parents bewildered.

Sean Boult was a powerhouse in defence constantly looking for the next tag, Liam Williams had a day off from

try scoring but backed this up with some superb passing and tagging, Lucas David continued to grow in confidence and was everywhere in support of tagged players looking for the ball and passing it on, Rhys Evans strong in defence organising the line and passing well to the team.

Mefin Lovejoy was again popping up in different areas tagging players unexpectedly, Jack Lewis was an ever-present in support play and made some smart runs foxing the opposition and finally Luca Wilson made his present felt with some excellent tagging and support play reading the games well.

Special thanks go to David and Tony for giving up their time on Sunday morning to allow the children to enjoy the sport of rugby and also a good luck to Tony who will be missing from the next game as he is running the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Thank you to all the parents also for being the taxi drivers on a Sunday morning which is no mean feat in itself.

This coming Sunday Llantwit Major welcome Bryncethin to the Rec for a 10am kick off. The under-8s would like to extend their sincere thanks to Pier Consulting and Davey Daw Builders for their continuous support and sponsorship of mini and junior rugby in Llantwit Major.

Pier Consulting Become Members of Building Services Employment Agency Alliance

Towards the end of 2016, Pier Consulting underwent a rigours audit with external auditors EXOVA. The audit consisted of a number of key commitments in how we supply labour to the Building services Industry, resulting in our application being accepted.

The Alliance has been established by (BESA) The Building Engineering Services Association as a unique grouping of employment agencies which supply personnel to contractors across the building services engineering industry. Formation of the Alliance recognises the increasingly important role that employment agencies are playing in the sector’s supply chain – along with a need for clear standards by which our performance can be judged.

This places us at the vanguard of developments in industry manpower matters which the Alliance represents, the alliance is continually striving to help its members differentiate themselves in the market place as agencies which can demonstrate that they conduct their business according to the professional standards demanded of Alliance membership as distinct from those which are unable to meet the necessary quality criteria.

This is another added accreditation to our business, that we are proud to have gone through and adds to the robustness of our business going forward into 2017 and beyond.

We have a Place in the Top 50 List

So last week we received an email confirming we have a place in the 2016 Fast Growth 50 List!

To say we are excited and overwhelmed is an understatement, we are absolutely delighted! to have received a place, in this years list, and would like to thank all of our loyal clients and workers, and our staff who work very hard here at Pier, as without all of these good people around us we would not have achieved a place.

Just as we thought we couldn’t get more excited we have also been shortlisted for the fastest growing Welsh firm in recruitment services 2016!!

the Fast Growth 50 project will be holding its 18th Fast Growth 50 Gala Dinner on Friday, October 21st 2016 at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff. It will be hosted by Sian Lloyd from BBC News and our keynote speaker will be the Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt. Hon Alun Cairns MP. It will begin with a drinks reception at 6.30pm followed by dinner, which includes the award ceremony to celebrate your achievements and opportunities to network until the early hours of the morning.

As soon as we know the results we will let you all know!

Vale of Glamorgan Recruitment Company celebrates 10 years in Business

Today Friday 20th November we celebrate 10 years in business!!


Pier Consulting has now been supplying construction operatives across south wales and the south west today for the last 10 years, the company founded by Philippa George, and Glyn George in 2005 has grown from strength to strength over the last 10 years, providing temporary & permanent labour to the Construction Industry, now concentrating on 5 main areas of recruitment for the construction sector Trades & Labour, Management & Technical, M&E Building Services, M&E Flexible & Apprentices and Engineering and added further value to its recruitment business in 2014 by creating Pier Resources & Training Ltd, which provides support to our existing and new client base with bespoke payroll and training solutions.


The office celebrate the 10 year milestone with small tea party today, all directors want to thank all of the staff for an amazing amount of achievement throughout the last few years especially throughout 2015 where their hard work and dedication has really paid off here’s to the next 10 years!!



02015 has seen Pier add to its M&E apprenticeship numbers by another 5 this year, 3 electrical apprentices and 2 mechanical apprentices, with a further 1 mechanical apprentice joining us in the next few weeks brining our total numbers up for 2015 to 6 apprentices

We have also been able to provide support to 2 further Mechanical apprentices who’s apprenticeships were in danger of lapsing, so Pier stepped in and took them over until we could find them a permanent placement to continue their apprenticeship with a new employer.

We are committed to playing our small part to increase the numbers of skilled workers in the building services industry and have set ourselves some ambitious target, in partnership with BEST the apprenticeship delivery arm of B&ES, who we have an agreement with to deliver apprenticeships to the Building Services Industry.

For more information on how Pier may be able to assist your business with an M&E Flexible apprenticeship please contact us on 01446 688 886

“We Are NOT Pier Recruitment Agency Ltd”

Wales Online, Local Press, Recruitment Press and the Tabloids have recently highlighted adverts used by a Company called “Pier Recruitment Agency Limited” on their social media accounts which caused controversy in the Industry that many people felt to be tasteless and unprofessional.

Unfortunately for us our recruitment business has similar name (Pier Consulting ltd) and already we have had a number of calls from concerned clients, candidates and the media mistaking us for the company in the news.

We would like to clarify that Pier Consulting Limited has no connections at all to Pier Recruitment Agency Limited.

We adhere to all legislative requirements and pride ourselves on our reputation and expertise gathered over 50 years of combined experience operating for 10 years in the Construction Recruitment Market supporting our valued clients and Workers.

We are a member of the national professional body for recruiters in the UK, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, and adhere to their code of conduct which sets the highest standards for ethical behaviour in recruitment.

Recruitment is a people business, trust is paramount to our success. 

We really hope jobseekers and employers in Building, Housing, Construction, M&E Building Services and Engineering Industries don’t confuse us with the company whose adverts have come in for considerable criticism.

National Minimum Wage Increase 1st October

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice – you must be at least school leaving age to get it.

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2015 (from 1 October) £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2014 (current rate) £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

The rates are usually updated every October, so the current rates apply from October 2014.

National living wage

From April 2016, the national living wage will be £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.

Employer checks

It’s a criminal offence for employers not to pay someone the National Minimum Wage or to falsify payment records.

Employers who discover they’ve paid a worker below the minimum wage must pay any arrears immediately. Use the National Minimum Wage calculator to work out arrears.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers have the right to carry out checks at any time and ask to see payment records. They can also investigate employers, following a worker’s complaint to them.

If HMRC finds that an employer hasn’t been paying the correct rates, any arrears have to be paid back immediately. There will also be a penalty and offenders might be named by the government.

It’s the employer’s responsibility to keep records proving that they are paying the minimum wage – most employers use their payroll records as proof. All records have to be kept for 3 years.

You will be able to read all the information on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) here  and the forthcoming National Living Wage (NLW) here

Pier gets a Trademark

Pier Consulting, now has a trademark.

Pier Consulting - Trademark Certificate

Pier sponsors british clubmans championship 2015

Pier Consulting were thrilled when asked by their client MCS Ltd to provide sponsorship for this years ACU British Clubmans Championship 2015 MCS  Speedway - Programe MCS Speedway 2 - Pier

The construction sector is booming

As the construction sector continues to grow at an incredible rate, Pier touches on the impact the skills shortage is having on the industry and for the M&E industry it serves how they can assist with trying to do their bit for Apprentices, the skills shortage, and associated construction training.

Read the full story published in the Bristol Business Post this week. Pier Resources - BBP Article Pier Consulting - BBP Article

Becoming an apprentice is a no-brianer

Pier Consulting are proud of what they trying to achieve within the Building Services industry by offering its clients a new way of recruiting apprentices. Pier are trying to do their bit for the industry wide skill shortage, still early days with the “flexible apprenticeship scheme” but Pier have great expectations that by the time college comes around again in 2016 they will have hit their target of having 20 M&E apprentices out in the field.

Read the story on Melissa, published in the Electrical Times Magazine (page 34) Melissa an excellent apprentice that we had placed with Weston Electrical Services, Melissa has been a perfect example for an Electrical Apprentice. Weston Electrical have already booked 3 more apprentices with us this year all due to start college in September, 1 Plumbing, 1 Industrial & Commercial Pipe fitter and 1 Electrical, in partnership with BEST Pier consulting look forward to watching them work towards their trade

Electrical Apprentice - Melissa

Pier continues to support Bouygues UK

Pier are proud to be working with Bouygues UK and wish them continued success.

Read the full article on Bouygues history here in an article published in the Construction Forum Magazine

 CFM Article 2 - Bouygues & PierCFM Article - Bouygues & Pier

PIER Appoints new Health & Safety Advisor

Pier Consulting have appointed a new Health & Safety Advisor in order to ensure both that our Health & Safety polices are up to date with current and ever changing legislation, and that Pier’s duty of care to its entire temporary workforce is effectively communicated to our staff, workforce and clients.

Pier have partnered with Andrew Warring of Green Hat Consulting LtdGreenhat. who personally delivers strategic and practical services and advice. Drawing on his 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Andrew will work in collaboration with Pier to underpin our Health & Safety obligations and to provide the reassurance, time and resources we need in order to safely and effectively fulfil our contractual role. He is a member of IOSH, CIOB and the CMI and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership.

Andrew reviews our existing health, safety, quality and environmental procedures against specific industry standards and implements improved, compliant practices that reinforce our credible and professional values.  We believe that this appointment will be of great benefit to our businesses and our clients.

Pier MD, Paul Ingram, confirms that this collaboration reinforces our continuing commitment to our clients and colleagues in the construction industry. Alongside the recent introduction of free personal accident insurance for every worker on assignment for Pier, Andrew’s appointment highlights the importance we place on the Health and Safety of each individual. The team at Pier are working hard to ensure our business is a compliant, and ‘SAFE RECRUITER’ to be used by our clients and workers.

We look forward to working with Andrew and the team at Green Hat Consulting Ltd.GreenhatGreenhatGreenhat

Pier starts work with Advantage XPO

Pier have gained a place on the supply chain with Advantage XPO to assist with the recruitment of Blue Collar Operatives, This will see Pier working with them on vacancies for one of the blue chip clients they are the “managed service provider” for.

This adds to a number of our recent client wins, and the whole team at Pier are looking forward to delivering Construction and M&E trades to the businesses.

Advantage xPO is part of the Advantage Resourcing group, which is among the ten largest global staffing firms. Advantage specializes in providing contingent and permanent workforce solutions in the following recruitment areas: Engineering/Technical, Information Technology, Scientific, Finance/Accounting, Human Resources, Clerical and Light Industrial. With over 250 offices internationally, the group’s 7,000 customers include many of the world’s leading banking, technology and industrial companies. Advantage manages 30,000 temporary staff worldwide, and directly employs over 2,000 people with locations in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Australia, Singapore, China and satellite offices in Poland and Dubai.Advantage XPO

Pier Secures a place with another RPO

OMNIPier Consulting are proud to announce that we have gained a place on the supply chain with OMNI Resource Management Solutions Ltd.

Pier will initially assist OMNI with providing the very best in M&E Operatives for the South Wales & South West, and we look forward to working and supporting OMNI.

OMNI is a leading UK “Recruitment Process Outsourcing” provider and strategic resourcing partner. Today they use their 16 years + specialist experience to completely manage the resourcing needs and presenting clients as an employer of choice to a target talent market.

We are delighted to be working with OMNI and we look forward to sharing our experience with them helping to provide the best candidates every time………..

Pier help with Bouygues Community Project

Letter of Thanks - Bouygues UKPier learnt about a recent community project that our client Bouygues UK were involved with United Welsh, always willing to help out where ever we can the team at Pier quickly sprang into action.

Pier donated 2 of its Painters to the project to give the Choir Hall a fresh new look, and as Bouygues say the Choir Hall is now looking great!!

Pier also work closely with an end of build cleaning contractor ” The KleaChoir Hallning Company Ltd” and knew that the hall would be in need of a good deep clean to bring the choir hall back to life, Paul Ingram MD of Pier, got in touch with Chris Norman, Director of The Kleaning Company to ask for his assistance, Chris only too happy to get involved to help such a worthy community project and cleaned the hall spotless ready for their Christmas Carol Concert.

We are very thankful to our painters that did an excellent job for us and Big thank you to Chris and the team from “The Kleaning Company Ltd”


Pier Runners join MoRunning November 2014

A cold November morning and the Pier consulting running team turn up for the 5k Mo_Run in Cardiff, Well done to our team that entered we are immensely proud of them all, a massive well done to Chris Eacott (and his boy Tyler), Michaela Little,Rachel Davies and Alex Williams, brilliant morning for a brilliant cause, fantastic effort by all.

Quality Skills Alliance Annual Awards Evening

Pier Consulting saw outstanding success at the Quality Skills Alliance Annual Awards Evening held at The Wales Millennium Centre on Wednesday 12th February 2014.

Training Bodies such as BEST Apprentice-
ships, Skillnet Ltd, JTL Training, Cardiff & Vale
college and many more were there to deliver
awards to the Apprentice of the year for a
wide range of apprentices, from Heating &
Ventilation Apprenticeship to Pre-Registration
Pharmacy Technician, from High Apprentice-
ship in Accounting AAT to Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media.

It was a brilliant evening and great to see the drive and commitment from apprentices of all ages who are committed to completing their training and taking the right steps to reaching their career goals. Proof alone that ambition is vibrant in the youth of today and goals are set high for achievement. Inspiration for the apprentices of tomorrow.

Host Frances Donovan delivered each award brilliantly and helped make the night the success it was. Looking forward to next year.

Pictured L – R: Alex Williams of Pier Consulting, Paul Ingram of Pier Consulting, Rhys Morton of Whitehead Building Services, Michaela Little of Pier Consulting, Pete Tompkins of BEST Apprentice- ships and Chris Carmody Heating & Ventilation Apprentice winner for Whitehead Building Services.

Pier – Sponsors Wales Building Services Engineering Training Awards 2013

Great night last night at the awards night recognising and presenting achievement awards to 2013 Apprentices of the year, and Managing Director Paul Ingram had the pleasure of presenting Awards to Kieron Swift of Ecofit Energy Ltd, and James Pearson of CMB Engineering Ltd, “Paul says that it was fantastic to see all these apprentices being recognised for their commitment, hard work and High Achievement, we look forward to supporting BEST with our Flexible Apprenticeships”

Pier would like to say a special thank you to Clients & Suppliers that helped us support the event with particular thanks to:

Robert Brown of MCS Ltd for providing Tool Vouchers for two Apprentice winners.

David Keift & Mark Sainsbury of RDM Electrical for Providing an Electrical Tool kit with Testers for the Electrical High Achiever.

Alan Bazzola of Bazzola & Barrett for Providing Tool Vouchers for two Apprentice winners. Exchequer Solutions for providing tool vouchers for two of the apprentice winners.

The Guild of Construction Workers for providing tool vouchers for two of the apprentice winners.
A fantastic evening and thanks again for everyone’s support.

Pier Consulting become SMAS Worksafe Contractor

smasPier Consulting – Has recently passed SMAS Work safe Contractor, undertaking a process in line with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Construction Design & Management Regulations 2007, The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and evaluating our designated elements of Health & Safety Management Documentation is recognised by SSIP Safety Schemes in Procurement.

Pier gets ‘Constructionline approved’

constructionlinePier has recently gone through the stringent checks made by constructionline and are now proud to announce that we are approved members.

Constrcutionline is the UK’s largest register of pre-qualified suppliers and is a UK government certification scheme.

This gives clients and buyers alike confidence in our business that they are using or selecting a pre-qualified supplier, by providing an up-to-date register of suppliers for construction contracts, giving knowledge that buyers are using a trustworthy company.

Pier secures a place on the ‘Barratts Recruitment Framework’

BarrattExcellent news Barrett chooses Pier as one of their recruiters to join their newly established recruitment framework. This underpins our commitment to providing industry with high calibre blue and white collar workers to the construction industry.

Pier Consulting already provide recruitment services to a number of large house builders and construction companies across Wales, south west and the UK.

Pier are very much looking forward to working very closely with Barrett’s over the coming months.

Pier provides another apprentice – ‘Flexible Apprenticeships’

Apprentice 2Pier secures another “Flexible Apprentice” working with our client Weston Electrical Ltd.

Luke a 2nd year industrial Pipe fitting Apprentice started his career again with us providing him to Weston Electrical Ltd at the Cardiff Pointe, luxury housing project in Cardiff Bay.

Another excellent opportunity for one of our clients to invest in their workforce and enhancing the training of trades to its company.

With a large number of enquiries in already for future projects we can already see that this is an excellent route for clients to increase the apprentice levels and candidates to gain a route into the industry…………