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The Groundworks sector has been growing steadily over the last few years and it has never been busier, with some of our key clients planning for huge recruitment drives going into the New Year.

With skilled Groundwork staff being brought in to work on the Cross Rail, HS2 and Hinkley Point projects, we are seeing other areas struggling to not only recruit good staff but to also hang on to them.

How do you combat this?

Yes, there is a skills shortage and yes there are companies out there offering slight raises in wage to attract new staff, but how do you hang on to the good guys in your business?

I am advising my clients to be more flexible with the job specifications. Not everyone will have the skills you are after but if you are able to offer time to younger and less experienced staff, you will see a rise in loyalty. You give someone that chance to succeed and develop their skills, you’ll see your staff retention increase in a positive way.

There is a famous quote where a CFO asks his CEO,

“What happens if we train these guys and they leave?”

The CEO replies, “What happens if we don’t train them and they stay?”

If you take more time to train and provide support, there is only going to be one outcome from your loyal staff members. THEY’LL STAY!