Getting women into construction

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Getting women into construction

It’s no secret that construction is not the most female-friendly industry. According to statistics, only 11% of the entire construction workforce are women. Furthermore, a mere 1% of onsite construction workers are women. These numbers are really shocking, and we want to get to the bottom of why there are so few women in our grafter community and in the construction industry as a whole. This gender imbalance in the sector really stands out, and needs to be addressed.

Qualities employers look for

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What qualities are employers looking for?

Looking for work can be stressful and is rarely fun. Few people naturally take note of their strengths, skills and valuable experience until they have to apply for a job or write their CV. On top of that, it’s not always clear from a job description exactly what the employer or business wants. You don’t want to bore them with information that’s irrelevant. But at the same time, you don’t want to sell yourself short. Here are six qualities that employers across almost every industry are looking for.

How to run a business on Black Friday

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Running a business on Black Friday

If you run a retail business the growing trend for Black Friday sales will be an important part of your annual business cycle. Just like pumpkin spiced lattes, Black Friday is another of the USA’s imports onto this fair isle. Traditionally, it marks the day after Thanksgiving, where everyone piles in a Chevy to the nearest WalMart to buy freshly discounted items and eat pumpkin pie with marshmallow. It’s growth in the UK has been met with a mixed response, but it’s a retail phenomenon that shows little sign of stopping anytime soon.

Shortage in construction workforce

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The 2018 shortage of construction workers in the UK

Labour is a key component of the construction industry. Despite various government initiatives to stimulate the economy through greater investment in infrastructure and the housing market the success of these policies rests with the people that will bring them to life.

Top of the jobs

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Top ten jobs

We’re excited to have processed over 3,500 new jobs through Grafter! The Grafter network has been built to help businesses source project and short-term staff in a multitude of different roles. From hands-on building and construction work through to office based roles, Grafter offers a whole host of work opportunities.

The CSCS scheme

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What’s CSCS?

The Construction Industry Training Board or CITB is the body established for training and managing certifications for the construction industry. The CITB is funded by and works with industry to encourage training, which helps to build a safe, professional and qualified workforce.

Employment law and Brexit

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How Brexit might impact the workforce

There is a lot of speculation around how UK laws will change – if at all – following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). There are two areas of British law that could impact the workforce – employment and immigration. In terms of immigration laws, we only discuss these briefly in this article. And before we do, it’s good to note that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until 2021.

Can employers keep your tips

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Can my employer keep my tips?

This is a question that’s been voiced a lot recently. There’s been an increase in public outcry ever since it was revealed in 2015 that some employers take up to 10% of the tips their employees are earning. In this post, we outline the government’s current discussions regarding the implementation of new laws to regulate this kind of exploitative practice within the hospitality industry.

Blue-collar Vs white-collar

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Blue-collar Vs white-collar – what’s the difference?

We’ve all heard the terms ‘blue-collar’ and ‘white-collar’ when searching for jobs or workers, but what do these terms actually mean?

In general terms, the majority of white-collar work is done from the comfort of an office performing professional, managerial and administrative work.

Managing Health and Safety Onsite


4 Tips to Help You Manage Health and Safety Onsite

Whatever sector you work in, health and safety is a big part of running your business. But for the second year in a row, the construction sector has had more fatalities than any other industry. So, it’s vital that you do all you can to reduce risk as much as possible.