Harvey Lawrence was out and about in Manchester this week, a market we have operated in for almost 20 years. Our roots are in Manchester, it is where our business began and is an area that has always been at the top of our agenda. With an ever-growing population, Manchester is planning to add more than 200,000 new homes by 2037, adding to the increasing demand for Housing profess-ionals. By 2025, the city’s population is estimated to rise to 644,100 – allowing more room for growth in the years to come. Last year, 2569 residential units were delivered - the highest level in 12 years. Manchester's development pipeline suggests 2020 will deliver the most homes in nearly 20 years: Source: Deloitte Crane Survey Earlier this year, Manchester’s construction boom wasn’t just pushing the skyline to new limits – the number of live sites exceeded those of both Los Angeles and Chicago! Sarah Harvey remembers moving to the city in 1993, where she led the development of the Northern region for a global recruitment brand. It seems that Manchester is a non-stop metropolis of construction - It's vibrant, exciting and we love working in this market! Here's what Manchester's projected future skyline could look like in 2025: If you are job hunting in Manchester, click HERE or If you are looking for staff in the North West, click HERE. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn now!
The Bear Grylls Adventure Experience
Imagine being hooded and locked in a dark room without any idea of what’s coming next… sound like fun? On a cold January day that’s exactly what we decided to try at the Bear Grylls Adventure experience in Birmingham. We were particularly keen to see what was on offer as we’d supplied a number of construction staff to the project when it was being built. If there’s one way to get to find out your colleagues’ ultimate fears then this is an excellent opportunity! As a teambuilding exercise it was great fun for the Harvey Lawrence team as we were dragged from one emotion to another together from fear to hysteria in equal measure. If you’ve never tried the iFly (massive vertical wind tunnel) then our adventurous senior recruitment consultant Marie would certainly be the first to recommend it. Learning how to maintain a completely different body posture in order to stay balanced in the correct position whilst feeling like you’re free falling at 12,000 feet was certainly a challenge for some. Back at Bear Grylls Basecamp we were subjected to a gruelling physical assault course which really brought out the competitive nature of some of our consultants, tested our archery skills and put our nerves to the test as we attempted to navigate our way out of the Survival Maze. On another level altogether was the escape rooms, definitely not for the faint hearted, where the fact that you’re wearing a hood in a darkened room leaves you completely at the mercy of your own worst thoughts as to what might be about to happen to you or any of your compatriots in the room with you… we won’t spoil the fun by telling you what does happen but be prepared to either laugh or cry your way out of it as it’s really the only way! You’ll need all your teamwork skills here to make sure you all make it out… The Bear Grylls Adventure definitely got rid of any lingering January blues and was a superb way of getting people to try things they may have previously been nervous about and to ensure virtually no one remained in their comfort zone. Here’s to the next Harvey Lawrence challenge! Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us to speak confidentially about your next career move.
Do you love your job?
Valentine’s Day – for us, it’s about what you love about your job... At Harvey Lawrence we love helping candidates find their perfect job and clients find their perfect candidate, our passion for construction recruitment spans almost 20 years! But what about you? As Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the UK today, can you say the same about your job? To help you answer, ask yourself these questions: If someone asks you what you do, are you proud of your position and what your organisation achieves? Is your salary and benefits package commensurate with others at the same level in their career (our highly-skilled consultants can offer good market insight here)? When your alarm goes off in the morning, are you raring to go or are you reaching for the snooze button? Does your employer help you achieve your own personal career aspirations? Do you work with a team who you trust and enjoy working with every day? Are you stuck in a career rut that you just don’t know how to get out of, or are you already striving for the summit like Bear Grylls (we know a bit about that - check out our Bear Grylls blog)? In a recent study, it was reported that the average British worker will work for 84,171 hours throughout their lifetime. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s an extra 1,791 to add to that in overtime too! So, it’s imperative you spend those hours with colleagues who you love to work with and an employer who values you. So, if you’re not currently 100% in love with your job, we have a few ideas that might help: Re-visit the reasons why you accepted the job in the first place, what, if anything has changed in your current role? If you feel you have progressed outside of your immediate role, but this has not been met with any form of promotion, set out clearly where you have excelled and what value your work has added and request a meeting or appraisal with your boss to discuss your career progression. Don’t be too quick to feel that you have selected the wrong career path, it is often more likely that you are simply with the wrong team – work, after all, is all about relationships and it’s all about finding the right fit for you and your skillset. Add in some additional training and development to boost your skills. This will demonstrate enthusiasm and open doors to other jobs within your organisation that will add variety and challenge you. If you can see a better way of doing business within your organisation, offer to fix it. This will help alleviate the problem and also show you’re a problem solver who likes to get the job done, opening more doors for you in your role. If, after implementing the above, you still want to end the relationship with your current job this Valentine’s Day, then we have a highly-skilled team of construction recruitment specialists on-hand. Our team can provide expert career advice, get you in front of some the UK’s leading construction companies and offer industry knowledge that will help put love firmly back on your career agenda today. Just take a look at our latest building, housing, fit-out or trades and labour jobs to take the first step towards the perfect career relationship. Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us to speak confidentially about your next career move.