Battling to progress your career?

Have you got all the skills and the work experience but still battling to find yourself stable and secure work?

New data just out shows that “job hopping” has the potential to damage a person’s career progression according to recent research from a global recruiting giant. The study shows that 65% of employers opted not to interview someone who has had a number of short-tenure jobs in the past.

Employers on average consider six months to be a short-tenure to spend in a job, while employees consider 11 months a short time.
The research tells us that most employers considered having four short tenure jobs on CVs would qualify a candidate as a job hopper. With one in four such employers admitting to not interviewing a candidate for that reason.
Many employees surveyed said that job hopping may be viewed as “disloyal, indecisive and a negative” by recruiters and employer, while only 29% felt that it would ultimately hurt their career. 14% of workers felt that moving among various jobs was a positive for their career, presenting a chance to learn new skills, demonstrate their adaptability, boost their CV and make connections to further their career.
When asked what an acceptable amount of time was to stay in a job to gain experience and progress your career, employers and employees shared more common ground. Employers on average agreed 16 months was a suitable amount of time while employees believed it was 19-20 months.

Employment in the construction industry can be a little different with a lot of jobs being on a project by project basis so moving from site to site is not uncommon. However, changing companies regularly can get flagged as a potential risk by HR departments or hiring managers within the industry.
This is seen either as a reflection of the person capabilities to do the job or their ability to work onsite with other workers. This is where working with a staffing agency like Sherlock Recruitment can be a massive help for job seekers to gain some stability on their CVs.
When you join an agency like Sherlock as an employee, you are treated as any other full-time employee. Sherlock takes care of your PAYE, and all the legislative obligations, you are legally employed by Sherlock. Although you might be moved from one site to another as required or as the projects are closed. Sherlock will manage all of this for the employee, and you remain employed by Sherlock.

There are multiple benefits to this; not only do you get the stability and all the benefits of long-term employment with an organisation, but you are still exposed to many different projects, gaining hugely valuable experience and knowledge. You get to work with a number of different teams expanding your network and improving your career prospects while still maintaining stability on your CV, teaming with Sherlock gives you the best of both worlds.

Employers feel it is acceptable for a candidate to move organisations three times in a five-year period, according to the research. But in construction, you can quickly work on more projects than this in a single year. So you can clearly see how working with a company like Sherlock you are able to avoid the risk of being seen as a job hopper and you can keep your career progressing forward.

Sherlock Recruitment is a leading supplier of staffing and training solutions to the construction industry across Ireland. We work with some of the biggest engineering and construction firms in the country and are one of the suppliers of staff to the industry. Sherlock also has a fully established training department, which will get you onsite simpler and faster with fully accredited courses. These courses are offered to all our staff as well as the public who are interested in joining Ireland’s booming construction industry or merely to upskill.

2019 Shows No Sign Of Slowing For Irish Construction Industry

2019 Will doesn’t look like it is slowing down with €100 million Urban Regeneration and Development fund announced


More construction jobs outside of Dublin on the horizon for 2019 as the government allocates over 100 Million to innovative new projects.

A recent announcement from the government said that 88 projects are to be allocated a total of €100 million under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), launched in July 2018 as part of Project Ireland 2040.

An Taoiseach said: “The Urban Fund is aimed at all of our cities and towns with a population of more than 10,000. It’s an investment of €2bn over the next ten years aimed at unlocking the potential undeveloped sites in our towns and cities. We want them to have vibrant centres and to grow up rather than out. “We want smart, compact, urban growth. We want to make sure we have more people living in our city centres and close to the centre of large towns, making it easier to walk to work, cutting commuting times and distances, making better use of existing infrastructure while also benefitting the environment. The scale of funding available under this fund means the successful projects will have a tangible and positive impact on the daily lives of people living in our large towns and cities. We have never planned our towns and cities in this way before. We’re announcing €100m in projects today, and I look forward to seeing construction starting in the new year.”

The announcement was made as part of the Government’s National Planning Framework and National Development Plan with the goal being to help rejuvenate significant but underused areas in Ireland’s five cities and other large towns. There are four funds under the National Development Plan 2018-2027 is allocated for this purpose with a total of €2 billion being assigned to the URDF up to 2027.

The URDF are trying to stimulate new residential and commercial development in Ireland’s larger cities and towns. The intent is that these new developments will be supported by new services and amenities, and will help us to achieve ‘compact growth’ that is laid out in Project Ireland 2040.

Almost 200 applications were submitted to the Department since it launched its call for applications in July. There was a huge range of applications including:
Transforming the former school on Rutland Street within the North East Inner City as a community hub; support for large-scale strategic sites on both sides of the river in the Cork Docklands

Regeneration areas; Regeneration for O’Connell Street and projects in the city centre of Limerick; and public realm and riverside enhancement for the Abbey Quarter in Kilkenny.

There are going to be a further round of funding in 2019 through to 2027.

A list of the successful applications can be found here


Construction Safety

Construction Safety

At the beginning of the week, construction workers across Ireland set down their tools for one minute to take a moment to think about the importance of construction safety both on and off site. This marked the beginning of Construction Safety Week 2017, an initiative of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC).

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about site safety. This is being done with particular attention on smaller contractors who are operating in the industry. Several events have taken place across the country with each day focusing on different aspects of safety such as working on heights, with machinery and occupational health.

This year in order to get the campaign running, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) released the latest statistics on all onsite and offsite related accidents. This was to raise awareness on the potential risks associated with working in construction and to emphasise the importance of safety training across the board.

Currently, in Ireland, there is already a major emphasis on the importance of safety training and effective safety management. However, despite this, efforts of promoting and celebrating safety in the industry have not depleted. This can be shown in recent statistics which highlight a decrease of 43% of fatal accidents in the construction industry since 2004. The idea of this is to focus on prevention by providing sufficient training to all workers both new and old.

It is clear from the statistics that more emphasis in training needs to be placed on small contractors and self-employed workers as these have recorded the most number of accidents. However, it is believed that some reasons for this may include these workers being less safety conscious, having less supervision and they may be more willing to take risks on heights, in machinery etc.

The reported statistics show that the leading causes of fatal accidents are from falls and loss of control of equipment. The most common cause of non-fatal accidents is slips/falls and lifting/carrying. Precautions need to be implemented in order to prevent further accidents such as these. In the case of preventing accidents whilst working at heights, the work must be organised and carried out safely with suitable equipment in place to prevent falls such as guard rails. Workers should also be advised on all the potential risks on site and how best to handle them.

In order to raise awareness and assist in the reduction of accidents on construction sites across Ireland, all companies should be encouraged to commit to safety and health in the workplace. This can be achieved by committing to monitoring and updating safety standards onsite and offsite to ensure maximum protection and safety of their employees.

Sherlock Recruitment, as one of the leading construction recruitment agencies, recognises the importance of promoting adequate safety in the construction industry and keeping standards high among all employers in the industry. This is why we work directly with companies nationwide who want to provide the correct safety training to their employees at a discounted rate. For more information, call 01 4568438 or email


Green Buildings

Green Building

As this week is World Green Building Week, we feel it is important to discuss the concept of Net Zero Carbon Buildings and the World Green Building Council’s ambitious aim to achieve 100% Net Zero Buildings by 2050. The campaign for zero carbon emission buildings has accelerated in recent years as the impact of climate change has become more prevalent throughout the world. The objective behind this has become more feasible with advances in construction technologies and renewable energy.

What is Net Zero Buildings?

A net-zero building is a high energy efficient building that has zero net energy consumption. This means that the total amount of annual carbon emissions of a building is offset by the amount of carbon-free renewable energy that is produced on-site or nearby.

What is ‘World Green Building Week’?

It is an annual global event that encourages the green building community to deliver green buildings everywhere. This year the focus of the campaign is to make all buildings, both new and existing, net zero by 2050. The #OurHeroIsZero campaign is led by the WGBC and its network of more than 70 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies.

Buildings account for over a third of global carbon emissions. So, there is an emphasis on Net Zero Building becoming standard building practice in the coming years. This is to reduce the number of carbon emissions from buildings by using highly efficient and clean energy such as solar or wind energy that may be generated on-site or close-by. The aim of this campaign is to have all new buildings operating at net zero carbon from 2030 and the renovations of existing buildings completed to a net-zero standard by 2050 so that all buildings will operate with net zero carbon emissions.

As of yet, there are no set metrics for ‘net zero energy’ buildings, however, here are some of the main steps that can be taken to achieve net zero standards:

  • Generate renewable energy on-site or procure it from a nearby source.
  • Assess buildings emissions and take the required steps to reduce them.
  • Minimize energy requirements with exemplary design.

Get Involved This Week

The Irish Green Building Council has many opportunities that will help you to join the Green Building Week Campaign. Some options include:

  • Inviting a Green Building Expert to give a talk.
  • Host an #OurHeroIsZero event, conference, webinar, tour or net zero building open house event.
  • Join the conversation on Social Media using #OurHeroIsZero.

Some events include:

The zero net energy consumption principle promotes the reduction of carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. Here at Sherlock Recruitment, we support this 100%.

Remember #OurHeroIsZero!

New Sectoral Employment Order

As of the 19th of October 2017, a new Sectoral Employment Order was introduced and in effect allowing up to a 10% pay rise for Construction Workers. The Order provides mandatory terms and conditions in the Construction Industry regarding pay, pension and sick leave. It replaces the old Registered Employment Agreement (REA).

Of course with the introduction of this new order, there are questions surrounding it such as how did this Order come into effect, who pushed for it and who does it affect?

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) first submitted an application to the Labour Court at the end of 2016 requesting a review of the terms and conditions of workers in the Construction Industry. Following this, the Labour court reviewed this and finalised their suggested Order with submissions from the CIF, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Trustees of the Construction Workers Pension Scheme. The Order then had to be passed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the two houses of the Oireachtas.

Following much debate and discussion in July, the anticipation for the approval of the Sectoral Employment Order was at an all time high. The Order was welcomed by the Minister and both Houses of the Oireachtas and came into effect on the 19th of October. But, who does this affect and how?

This order applies to all employers within the Construction Industry in Ireland regardless of whether or not they are members of the Construction Industry Federation. This includes both ‘Building Firms’ and ‘Civil Engineering Firms,’ involved in construction, repair, painting and decorating to name but a few.

The Sectoral Employment Order is the first of it’s kind to be introduced in Ireland and is in contrast to the REA. Within the Order, minimum wage requirements for different stages of experience were specified such as:

  • Category 1 Workers (General Operatives with 1+ years experience): €17.04 p/h
  • Category 2 Workers (Skilled General Operatives): €18.36 p/h
  • Craft Workers: €18.93 p/h
  • Apprentice:
    • Year 1 – 33.3% of Craft Rate
    • Year 2 – 50% of Craft Rate
    • Year 3 – 75% of Craft Rate
    • Year 4 – 90% of Craft Rate
  • New Entrant Workers: €13.77 p/h

This is almost a 10% increase for each job in the sector

As for changes in the pension scheme and workers’ sick leave, the order provides that employers must offer pension benefits to the same standard of the terms given in the Construction Workers Pension Scheme. It also states that employers must give mandatory sick leave to workers in the sector in recognition of the health and safety risks which they face.

At Sherlock Recruitment, we would strongly recommend that, if not already completed, all employees review their payment practices to ensure compliance with all new requirements.

Pieta House

This year, Sherlock Recruitment are proud to announce that we have raised €3500 to donate to Pieta House to help and support the work that they do.

Founded in 2006, Pieta House set up an organisation that provides free professional one-to-one therapy for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. Taking over from Console in 2016, Pieta House now operates the Suicidal Bereavement Counselling Centres. Within these centres, services include free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide. There is also a 24-hour Freecall Suicide Helpline at 1800 247 247.

90% of funding for Pieta House comes from donations and fundraisers which is why we were more than happy to show our support for all of the hard work that they do. The organisation relies heavily on the generosity of the public to raise funds to keep their services free and running. The services provided by this organisation are vital across the country. With Ireland having one of the highest suicide rates in Europe, we need to keep these services running.

Other than making donations, fundraisers are a great help to the organisation. With one of the biggest fundraisers in Ireland supporting the organisation being the “Darkness into Light Run.” Every year these must continue to grow for Pieta House to open more centres around the country.

There are currently nine centres in Ireland, with three in the Dublin area – Ballyfermot, Tallaght and Santry – and seven across the rest of the country in counties Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Galway, Kerry, Waterford and Donegal.

The services that the organisation runs are a necessity across the country. If like us, you’d like to help out Pieta House and make a donation visit

Growth of construction activity eases to 11-month low in September

According to the latest data from Ulster Bank’s Construction Purchasing Managers Index (CPMI), house building activity declined for the second month in a row in September.

The CPMI, is designed to track changes in total construction activity. The Index stood at 56.2 in September, down from 58.3 in August 2018. While construction activity has slowed compared to August, the rate of expansion in new orders accelerated. Organisations continued to increase their purchasing activity and staffing levels last month. The strongest increase in activity across the primary categories monitored by the index was on commercial projects, the first time this has been the case since June.

The rate of growth in housing projects remained marked, while civil engineering activity decreased modestly to mark its first fall in three months.

Despite this dip, the majority of the market are still very optimistic about the continued growth of the sector across Ireland.

Source- RTE-

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What is ahead for us in the future?

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Are robots the future for the construction industry?

Our working world is continuously changing, and advances in technology are rapidly replacing human skills.  But what does this mean for the construction industry? Are we all about to be replaced by a steal box of buzzes and clicks? How future-proof are your skills? If you haven’t already seen the videos of 3D printed houses, they are worth a google, for us, it’s both mind-blowing and mildly terrifying where we are heading. Robots and their job stealing antics have been in the news a lot lately which sparked our interest in how things will go for the construction industry.

recent study in the US by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) estimates that by 2057 robots could replace 2.7 million jobs in construction in the US alone.

Some occupations in construction have a higher potential for automation like operating engineers which has an 88% potential for automation. This is mostly due to the interest in self-driving cars and long-haul vehicles. Autonomous heavy equipment already exists, and the technology is similar to self-driving cars and is currently in use to perform excavation, grading and site work. Equipment manufacturers like Komatsu, CAT, Volvo CE and others are investing heavily in research and development to perfect the technology and bring it to market.

Other occupations have a smaller potential for automation like roofers (31%), construction labourers (35%) and sheet metal workers (39%). Part of the reason is that it’s not technically feasible to replicate certain tasks using robots and that much of the physical work done in construction is done in an unpredictable and ever-changing environment.

So, are robots coming to steal our construction jobs? For starters, there’s already a labour shortage in the country, with hundreds of skilled labour having left during the recession. Also for better or worse, the construction industry, as a whole, is notoriously slow at adopting new technology, which might impede the advancement of robots making their way onto construction sites. Admittedly the robot revolution is still in its infancy, so we at Sherlock believe that it’s going to take some time before we see robots making a significant impact on the construction industry.

The more likely scenario is that a small number of jobs and occupations may be eliminated or replaced by robot workers. With the majority of jobs remaining with humans, probably working in conjunction with robots performing more of the repetitive and laborious tasks, allowing workers to be more productive and efficient by focusing on the highly-skilled tasks of their job.

It seems to us at Sherlock that there will still be a need for finding the person for the job onsite and humans will continue to take the priority over a machine for a while yet. But what the new robot age doesn’t mean is that workers need to constantly improve themselves and skillset to make sure they can’t be replaced.

As construction projects become increasingly more complex, robots and AI software will make it easier to keep projects on schedule and within budget by improving human efficiency and productivity, which in turn will allow construction companies to take on more work and increase headcount.

Safety First

Construction Safety Week

During Safety Week, construction companies are taking the opportunity to acknowledge their employees for their commitment to safety and to drive awareness for safety on site. The week is also a chance to educate, inspire and share best practices on safety including issues surrounding mental health onsite.

Companies across Ireland are conducting safety awareness training, toolbox activities and demonstrations on sites throughout the country. Sherlock recruitment is also doing their bit to support these efforts. Throughout the month of October Sherlock have been offering free Safety Certification auditing to organisations within the construction industry. Making sure you and your team are fully covered and adequately trained up. Sherlock will come to your organisation and provide a full audit service of all your safety certifications. If there are any gaps or if you have staff who need updating, the expert team then help you to plan, source and structure all your training needs, so everyone is up to date, without negatively impacting your productivity.

The Irish construction sector is making a strong economic recovery and the numbers employed are increasing from 98,000 in 2012 to over 133,000 in 2017 – this is expected to rise to nearly 190,000 directly employed in the next 3 – 4 years.

Now is the time to reflect on how safety and health issues are managed and how can we improve on what we do?

Construction Safety Week is an opportunity to take stock of safety procedures training and work together to drive home the positive safety message. The need to consistently make safe choices must become a value that we live both at home and at work.




Sherlock Recruitment-

Sherlock recruitment is a leading supplier of staffing and training solutions to the Irish construction industry. Sherlock Recruitment is a national agency who have been supplying staffing and training solutions for over five years to leading engineering and construction organisations.

Make the best choices call Sherlock recruitment for all your staffing and training needs today.


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Max Henderson