Friday, 14 December 2012

Movember 2012 Winners

So after a month of growing, shaping and a fair bit of itching, we've finally come to the end of Movember and as promised, the time has come to generously reward some of the best Mo's amongst us.

It's been a tough job with so many of you working hard to change the face of men's health, but I think we're ready to reveal our winners! (Cue the drum roll)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

UK Construction PMI - November 2012

Construction activity slipped back into contraction in November, for the third time in four months.

The Construction PMI fell to 49.3 last month, from 50.9 in October, adding to fears that the UK is on the brink of a triple-dip recession.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Friday, 16 November 2012

Mid-Movember Update

There's Mo going back for the guys at Construct - here's how some of the team in the office are doing at the half-way point:


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Inside the £100 Million House

Let’s explore Heath Hall - the most expensive house for sale in Britain - valued at an eye-watering £100million!

Friday, 2 November 2012

UK Construction PMI - October 2012

October's construction PMI kept back up to 50.9, signifying growth in the sector, but reductions in new work and employment suggest we're not in the clear yet.

Monday, 22 October 2012

CSCS Test Revision Material 2012

** Please click here for an updated post: CSCS Test Revision Material 2014 **

There are a range of revision materials available to help you revise and practice for the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment Test - we usually recommend you use the official CITB-ConstructionSkills revision book. This contains all the questions and answers for the 38 knowledge based questions in the CSCS test.

You should be able to find these in large book stores like W H Smith or you can easily buy them online on sites like Amazon. We also sell them at our CSCS test centre in Acton if that's easier.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Movember - How to take part

Each year during the month of November, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on hundreds and thousands of men’s faces around the world. Men grow and women support the moustache for 30 days to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Construct Recruitment are getting into the spirit of it all and will be giving away heaps of great prizes (including an iPad mini) for the best Mos at the end of the month!


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

UK Construction PMI - September 2012

The construction PMI improved modestly last month but a sharp fall in new orders saw figures drop below economists’ forecasts of 49.8, to 49.5.

The second sharpest fall in new business since April 2009 had a huge impact on September’s PMI, which saw the second consecutive month of contraction for the industry.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Event of the Month: The Munich Oktoberfest

Wouldn't it be great if all weddings led to a 16 day boozer where 8 million litres of beer are drunk?

The Munich Oktoberfest (Beerfest) is the world's largest fair and it all kicked off back in 1810 with the wedding of the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to Princess Therese. 200 years later, this important part of Bavarian culture sees over 6 million people attending Munich every year!

Monday, 10 September 2012

National Minimum Wage to Increase 2012

As of next month the National Minimum Wage rates will rise for workers over the age of 20 and for apprentices.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay rate per hour that workers in the UK are entitled to. This rate depends on the age of the worker and if they are an apprentice.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

UK Construction PMI - August 2012

The construction industry saw an unexpected decline in August, with the PMI dropping below experts' predictions of 50.0 to 49.0.

July's PMI heavily relied on growth in commercial activity to pull figures above the 50 mark. However, last month the commercial sector joined the housing and civil engineering sectors in contraction - declining for the first time in two and a half years.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Paralympics - Team GB

As London prepares for the official Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics 2012, we've put together a quick summary of all you need to know about Team GB!

Paralympics - Team NZ

As London prepares for the official Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics 2012, we've put together a quick summary of all you need to know about Team New Zealand!

Paralympics - Team Aus

As London prepares for the official Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics 2012, we've put together a quick summary of all you need to know about Team Australia!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Event of the Month: Notting Hill Carnival

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Come on London, it’s Carnival time!

We’ve had a busy summer here in London, but we’ll always make space for Europe’s largest street festival – Notting Hill Carnival!

Monday, 6 August 2012

UK Construction PMI - July 2012

July’s construction PMI index rose to 50.9, up from June’s 48.2, but all the credit goes to the commercial sector!

Economists had predicted another month of doom and gloom, estimating a PMI of 48.0 last month – but not us!

We simply based our prediction on the fact that June was so bad, there had to be growth and the chief executive of the CIPS, David Noble, agreed.



As with the previous month, the commercial sector demonstrated further growth, however both the civil engineering and house building sectors continued to contract.

Some good news though, employment in the sector grew from 48.9 to a PMI of 51.5! The report also shows that companies are feeling more optimistic about business prospects this month.

So, what are my predictions for August? In the hope that August is less rainy than July and that the Olympics will work some sort of magic, I think there will be further growth and just to put a number out there, let’s go with 52.3!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Tube Travel - The Newest Olympic Sport

The Olympics are almost here and although it's hard not to be excited, I propose that we change our national anthem to "God Save the Tube" - sorry Queeny, but you know all Londoners are thinking it!

We're going to advise the 3 P's
  1. Plan;
  2. Prepare (for the worst); and of course
  3. Pray

Monday, 9 July 2012

"$ $ $... Always Sunny... in the Rich Man's World"

We're here to set the record straight - London's not as expensive as you think!

I know everyone thinks it, and of course if you're planning on living with the Queen you're probably right, but if you're living like regular people, it's actually cheaper than back home.

If you don't believe me, ask your mates who've come back after living and working in London recently. Or better yet, check out these price comparisons we've put together...

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

UK Construction PMI - June 2012

With the sharpest fall in two and a half years, June's Construction PMI crashed down to 48.2, sinking far below forecasts (and hopes) of a 53.0 reading. The reading fell below the 50 mark (which separates growth from contraction) for the first time since December 2010.

Friday, 29 June 2012

The Best Aussie / Kiwi Pubs & Bars in London

We asked our guys at Construct to pick their top 5 antipodean pubs and bars in London and believe it or not, everyone had an opinion! Here it goes...

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Weird Stuff Brits Say

A'RIGHT? - The London way of saying "Hi, how are you?"

BANGERS - Sausages (as in bangers and mash)

BONKERS - Crazy / mad

BROLLY - Umbrella

Friday, 8 June 2012

UK Construction PMI - May 2012

The Construction PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) dropped to 54.4 last month - down from 55.8 in April.

Friday, 1 June 2012

For F***s Sake

FLAGS!!! What else would we be saying?!

Just in time for the Queen's Jubilee, we thought we'd help you get your Union Jack the right way up! So have a go... which of the 2 flags above is wrong?

Before I give away the answer, you should probably know what it symbolises to be flying the flag upside down on purpose. It can be as a distress signal but it's also Lèse-majesté, a direct insult on the Crown, which in theory is a crime in the UK and it's commonwealth!

So, which is the right way up.... it's the one held by the meerkat! In case you've already started celebrating the long weekend and can't spot the difference, take a look at the red and white diagonal on the top corner of the flag nearest the flagpole. The thicker white stripe needs to be on the top. Simples!

So get those flags out, don't break the law and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Blake Meets his Match at Touch Rugby


Some of the lads went to play touch rugby last night and Construct's Blake came in this morning with a new look!

The best thing is, a girl did it and she was on his team!

I can't wait to see what happens next week...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Worst Excuses for Missing Work

According to our friends at the Office for National Statistics, sick days dropped by 6 million last year, with coughs and colds being the most common cause. But I wonder how many of these sick days were fakes?

As a recruitment agency we hear all sorts of lame excuses for people skipping work so we thought we'd compile a list of the worst ones we've heard so far...

Monday, 14 May 2012

Grand Designs Live 2012

Last weekend we headed down to the London ExCel Centre for Grand Designs Live 2012. In case you didn't get a chance to get down there, I've put together some of my highlights:

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Double Dip Recession? Construction says No

The Construction PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) dropped to 55.8 in the last month - down from 56.7 in March. We can blame that on all the rain, but what would explain this?...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Anzac Day - from Australia to London

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day occurs on April 25th is one of the most important national days for both Australia and New Zealand. First marked in 1916, it commemorates those that have been killed in war as well as honouring returned servicemen and women.


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Saving Chace

You might have already heard the story of Chace Topperwien, but just by you reading this post and sharing it with others, you'll be making an impact to his life.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Maori vs Morris Men


What a dramatic boat race this Easter weekend? A rogue swimmer and broken oar caused an uproar but out of the water, our very own Tama Kingston took part in a very different battle.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The New CSCS Test (Part 2)

CSCS are introducing 12 behavioural case study questions on The New CSCS Test - The questions are all about how you'd respond to health and safety situations on site.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

UK Construction PMI - March 2012

The Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index PMI rose to 56.7 last month - up from 54.3 in February!

Friday, 30 March 2012

Construct's Bigger Loser is....

Losing 10% of his original weight in just one month, our winner is... Justin McIntyre from our London office! (who is now tucking in to his second bacon and egg sarnie!)

In fact, gold, silver and bronze went to the 3 guys I'd interviewed in yesterday's Construct's Bigger Loser post and to many of the team's surprise, our loser wasn't Blake!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Construct's Biggest Loser

For the past month, the team at construct have been busy fighting the fat! Everyone got weighed in on the first day of the month and tomorrow we find out who's lost the most weight - the winner gets just over £100!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The New CSCS Test (Part 1)

We've finally received our first batch of the new Health, Safety and Environment test books for operatives and specialists!

With only one week until the new test is rolled out, I've flicked through the book to find out what the main differences are.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

A Budget Built around Business

With the economy as it stands, everyone’s eye is on unemployment levels and job creation really needs to be driven by business, not the government. I talked to Marc Cullinane, Construct UK's Director, to find out his views.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Rip-Off Training Companies Warning

Beware of rip-off training companies cashing in on the mining skills shortage misrepresentation.

Many training companies are cashing in on hard working Australians keen to up skill themselves for non-existent jobs wrongly touted by the various media, typically charging large sums of money for inductions and plant operator tickets to get people ‘job-ready’.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Construction Workers Needed to Rebuild Christchurch

A year after the devastating earthquakes that razed Christchurch, New Zealand still desperately needs more tradespeople to help rebuild the stricken city.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

"$ $ $... Always Sunny... in the Rich Man's World"

We're here to set the record straight - London's not as expensive as you think!

I know everyone thinks it, and of course if you're planning on living with the Queen you're probably right, but if you're living like regular people, it's actually cheaper than back home.

If you don't believe me, ask your mates who've come back after living and working in London recently. Or better yet, check out these price comparisons we've put together...