Month: November 2017

Chancellor’s “budget for builders” shows government has listened to construction industry demands

Construction industry associations influenced budget decisions

Since the Autumn budget was announced by Phillip Hammond a week ago we have been reflecting upon the statement and its impact on the construction industry.


You may remember that at the dissolution of Parliament back in May some key trade associations announced manifestos for their election wishlists.


















The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) had released a five point manifesto focusing on ensuring supply of skilled workers, increasing supply, quality & energy efficiency of new homes and boosting growth among SMEs.


Correspondingly, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) & Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) grouped together to create their own five point plan. Energy efficiency, apprenticeship training and financial support for SMEs were common themes.


What the budget offers the construction industry

Looking at the budget proposals, it seems that on the shared points of each proposal, the government did take suggestions on board:

  • £34m of funds have been ring fenced for construction training. Responding to requests to increase the quality of training, the introduction of T-levels and the launch of the National Retraining Scheme show a commitment to technical education.
  • The demand for more homes was met with a new target of 300,000 built a year by 2020 (a figure not achieved since 1970), exceeding the FMB’s proposal. They plan to boost the housing market with a total of £44bn in capital funding, loans & guarantees
  • SMEs will be supported through an extra £1.5bn for the Home Building Fund. The apprenticeship levy should raise £3bn a year to help finance smaller operations.


Whilst not every point has been addressed, overall the industry response to the budget announce has been positive. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB even lauded it a ‘budget for builders’. Whether this will give the industry the boost it so needs remains to be seen.  Brexit was clearly at the forefront of most budget decisions. With 8% of the UK’s construction workers being EU nationals, the real test will come in May 2019.



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!