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To encourage more people to sign up for the wide range of construction jobs, which is a free to use recruitment platform, the Construction Talent Retention Scheme, is launching its most recent media campaign promoting the recent opportunities for skilled workers.

While many of the industries such as Hospitality, leisure and retail continue to reel from the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown, construction sector has become the shining lights for job searchers, bouncing back from its sharp 41% fall in vacancies in March 2020 to get one of the few sectors where recruitment is now picking up.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its latest ‘Labour Market Overview’ with all business related statistics for the UK. In spite of the fact that unemployment rates keep on the rise, job hunters can take some comfort from encouraging figures about the industry recovery.

The new figures from the ONS, covering October to December 2020, show openings in the sectors are currently 8% higher than the same period a year ago, pre-Coronavirus.

There are an expected 28,000 job opportunities, another jump up from the past quarter of a year. Construction is one of only two sectors to have seen an increase in job opportunities generally speaking since December 2019.

The ONS says: “Construction was one of the sectors to see a huge quarterly fall in opening toward the beginning of the pandemic in April to June 2020, with a consistent recovery since the summer.”

The Construction Talent Retention Scheme is a non-profit program, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and upheld by business organisations, Professional institutions and construction unions. Its online portal enables job hunters to transfer their CV and make contact with more than 770 potential employers.

The portal is presently advertising 1,124 live opportunities for roles as varied as senior construction project managers to customer service staff, engineers, salesmen, estimators, digger operators, HGV drivers, handypersons, electrician, plasterers and plumbers, and warehouse assistants.

Three women who are looking for roles in the industry – Julie Traynor, Liza Zanoni and Anne Couesnon – are among in excess of 1,400 candidates who have joined to the plan.

Julie Traynor, a charted quantity surveyor and lawyer, remarked: “After my management consultancy and social strategy business was seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, I was so satisfied to find the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.

“The portal is incredible, simple to use and makes a compelling market place between employers and candidates, without the need of a mediator.

“Realizing that so many employers can easily access my profile, and correspondingly, that I have direct access to their opportunities and openings, is wonderful.

“It makes the complete process of finding another opportunity much less stressful. I would prescribe to anybody looking for a job in the construction business to join to the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.”

Liza Zanoni had been working as a Project Manager for a small building company in Wales until last October.

She said: “When I understood my job was in risk of redundancy, I put as much time and effort as possible into identifying and using all of the platforms and channels to search for jobs and to network with people.

“I found out about the Construction Talent Retention Scheme while I was on LinkedIn and promptly loved what I saw. What immediately struck me was the fact it’s an amazingly professional service and an intelligent response to the current situation. The tools are simple to understand and use.”

Anne Couesnon has been using the scheme to search for new jobs in business development and offer management.

She said: “I immediately logged on to the site and found it was very simple to use. I’ve found it really valuable since it contains a large database of companies I’m interested in working for and it’s continually updated with new job opportunities, which I check on a regular basis.

“I’ve applied for in excess of 20 opportunities so far and taken part in interviews, one of which I’m waiting to hear back on, and it’s been through the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.”