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Why is recruiting mechanical and electrical workers so tough?

February 13, 2024

It can be incredibly frustrating trying to find mechanical and electrical workers. At P.I.E.R, recruiting M&E workers for the construction industry is our bread and…

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How can I build a team of reliable mechanical and electrical workers?

January 9, 2024

Mechanical and electrical workers are an essential part of your construction workforce. It’s crucial for our clients to source the right mechanical and electrical workers…

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The top challenges in construction recruitment and how we overcome them

October 4, 2023

In 2023 there are a number of challenges facing our sector. A quick google will show you plenty of articles discussing the pitfalls of our…

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Build a construction workforce that will stay the course

September 7, 2023

Change will be a key theme in construction over the next 5 years. Whether it’s going green, digitisation, a greater focus on employee wellbeing, or…

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Is your construction workforce tax compliant?

July 26, 2023

Following earlier consultations, the government is now in the process of publishing a consultation that seeks to regulate and tackle non-compliance in umbrella companies relating…

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Pier Consulting are now P.I.E.R

June 14, 2023

A new name for a new beginning: Pier Consulting are now Paul Ingram Employment & Recruitment Ltd. (P.I.E.R). Our name may have changed, but our…

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What removing grandfather rights from CSCS cards means for you

April 25, 2023

You’ll already know that CSCS cards are a hot topic at the moment. But what do the changes mean for you, and how will it…

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Why are GOOD construction workers so hard to find?

March 8, 2023

A number of factors have combined to create a ‘perfect storm’ within our sector. Now, it’s harder than ever before to find good construction workers….

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How to Recruit the best Construction Workers in Wales

February 7, 2023

Good quality construction workers are the backbone of our industry.  With good construction workers, your business will grow. You can snap up new projects with…

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Why is Compliance so important in construction recruitment?

December 12, 2022

Everyone in the construction sector should be aware of compliance legislation. Whether you’re a business that engages agency staff, you’re the agency that supplies construction…

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What is the expected wage for a construction worker in the UK?

November 7, 2022

Construction worker wages can vary dramatically depending on your role within the sector, where you’re based, your level of experience, and of course, the agency…

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Are Construction Wages in the UK increasing?

October 4, 2022

According to the 2022 contractors’ salary survey, ‘workers in every single category and sub-category of the construction profession saw their average wage go up at…

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How can we tackle poor mental health in the Construction Industry?

August 13, 2022

Poor mental health is alarmingly common in the construction industry, and it can have devastating consequences.  Anyone who’s worked in construction will understand that our…

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How does the age of construction workers impact the construction industry?

July 5, 2022

The construction workforce in the UK is ageing.  According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), approximately one in five UK-born construction workers were over…

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Is it possible to build a good construction workforce quickly and cheaply?

May 12, 2022

Imagine waking up one morning to find that every single role on your site has been filled overnight by a worker with the relevant skills…

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Trade Pay Rates in 2022: Too low, or just laughable?

April 11, 2022

Everyone wants value for money. Whether you’re buying a house, a car, or even going out for a meal, value for money is always a…

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CVs in Construction: Do they still matter?

March 10, 2022

You may be tempted to dismiss CVs as unnecessary within the construction industry. Perhaps you already have. When construction workers are defined by their practical…

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High Staff Turnover: Why is it Damaging the Construction Industry?

February 14, 2022

Forming a good team is essential to ensure a profitable construction company. Yet many agencies see construction workers as a means to an end, rather…

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HM Government on tax avoidance – don’t get caught out!

February 3, 2022

HMRC have released a useful article about tax avoidance for workers to make sure that they are not involved in tax avoidance schemes. We strongly…

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How can I find the right construction recruitment agency in Cardiff and South Wales?

November 23, 2021

Finding a construction recruitment agency you can trust is key. But when you start looking for recruitment agencies in South Wales, it can feel overwhelming….

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IR35 Explained for Construction

June 3, 2021

Legislation changes can create headaches for our clients, and we know that it’s not always easy to unpick how each piece of legislation will affect…

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CIS – Construction industry VAT reverse charge

March 1, 2021

What is the VAT reverse charge? The reverse charge is a way of accounting for VAT where the end-customer accounts for VAT and the supplier…

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Paperless Office – Pier offers advice on going digital

June 27, 2019

The news in 2019 has been filled with concerns about plastic waste and how we can combat single use plastics.  But did you know that…

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Recruitment for Life

June 27, 2019

Our Managing Director Paul celebrates (or commiserates!) 25 years in the recruitment industry this year, and has been reflecting on some notable changes in the…

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