Highways England announces £8.7bn of contract awards

Highways England today revealed the 13 contractors who have won a total of £8.7bn of contracts, spread across 18 work packages. The list is headed by Balfour Beatty, Costain, Galliford Try, Taylor Woodrow, Skanksa, Bam Nuttall & Kier who share the largest packages of work – Lots 4-8, where each work package exceeds £100m.

Results are in from the REC/KPMG’s Jan ’14 ‘Report on Jobs’

  This monthly guide to the UK labour market, which uses survey data provided by a select panel of recruitment consultancies (including yours truly), clearly reports continued increasing confidence from UK Employer’s.   At a glance: Vacancies rise at fastest pace in almost 16 years!

Festive opening hours


During the forthcoming festive period our opening hours are as follows: Mon 23 Dec – usual hours Tues 24 Dec – open only until 12 noon Wed 25 & Thurs 26 Dec – closed Fri 27 Dec – usual hours Mon 30 & Tues 31 Dec – usual hours Wed 1 Jan – closed Thurs […]

Christmas contractor payroll deadlines


Please see below for our payroll timetable, which accommodates for the Christmas and New Year period.     For week ending 15th December 2013: payroll as normal For week ending 22nd December 2013: timesheets have to be in and authorised by 9am on Friday 20th December 2013 for payment on Monday 30th December 2013

IP EXPO 2013

Next week the doors will open on this year’s IP EXPO at London’s Earls Court. You can plan your visit in advance at MyVisit but here are some of the headlines: 1.    Q&A session with the world’s most notorious hacker,  Kevin Mitnick – Keynote Day 1 …

Vodafone sells Verizon stake for $130bn

Vodafone has sold its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to US telecoms group Verizon Communications in one of the biggest deals in corporate history. The $130bn (£84bn) deal was announced on Monday by Vodafone after the close of trading on the London Stock Exchange. The company will return £54bn to its shareholders, of which £22bn […]

UK Top 100 Construction Contractors (Aug ’12 – July ’13)

An interesting read… Over the past 12 months: Laing O’Rourke top the tables for Civils contracts won (£1,239m), Kier is top for Buildings contracts (£1,274m), and Balfour Beatty comes in at #1 across the board winning £1,633m of contracts over the past year. The full league table showing the Top 100 can be found here

Staff placements increase at highest rate for over 2 yrs and Contractor revenue is up also

According to the REC/KPMG Report on Jobs for June the growth of permanent staff placements accelerated markedly, reaching the fastest rate for over two years. Similarly, temporary/contract staff billings rose at a much sharper pace, with the latest increase the strongest in seven months, with contract assignments being filled more quickly earlier on the year.

Changes to family-friendly rights

Good news for working parents! A proposed family-friendly bill has been announced, which is likely to be in effect from 2014/2015. XpertHR have produced a video explaining the bill and what it means for employers and employees.     Highlights include:

Chris needs you (to help him get to space)

I’m sure there are lots of people who wish there were less recruiters in the world. Well here is your chance! I, Chris Woodbridge, Space Cadet and Cosmic Cowboy in training, have entered the Lynx Space Academy Competition for a chance to be sent into Space. To succeed I need only my steely resolve to […]