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What a year it’s been for Social Housing recruitment at Building Careers UK.

The team at BCUK has gone from strength to strength with three consultants joining us this year expanding our expertise in maintenance trades, construction and refurbishment white collar, Compliance and Building Surveying.

As a team we have taken part in various events to raise money for the company’s chosen charity this year, Mind- including hiking Snowdon, Tough Mudder and the Manchester 10k. We raised a fantastic total of £5000 for this brilliant cause in 2019.

We’ve also been lucky enough to attend some sector related events such as the Northern Housing Awards, CIH Annual Conference and most recently the Direct Works Forum, which has helped us strengthen our market knowledge of the recruitment challenges that we will face in the next few years.

This year has been extremely positive for our team as we continue to strengthen our client relationships across the local area as well as making an impact in new and expanding areas. It’s our aim for 2020 to continue to work with our long standing clients as well as to welcome new clients. However, there have been challenges along the way, which we are working on as a team to ensure we continue to improve the service we deliver to our contractor and housing association clients.

Our professional and Senior Appointments team have seen continuing changes in the sector and the recent recommendations from the Hackitt Review have created an increase in the need for Compliance roles – over the last two years we’ve seen the number of jobs called in increase by 175%! Historically, compliance within social housing was a role performed by the Asset Management team. Since the Grenfell tragedy, the world of compliance has totally transformed. We’ve seen it become a division of its own within the sector to sit alongside property and asset management - with no signs of slowing down. Most organisations have seen the introduction of Fire Safety staff to their wider teams. Jennifer Radcliffe has played a vital role within our business to identify and find some solutions to the challenges that we and our clients are faced with in this aspect. New job specifications and skill sets will need to be identified, scrutinised and tested to ensure that we are all finding the right skills and competent people for our vacancies.

This year organisations have had to react quickly to the changing market with little or no guidance until the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report was released in June of this year. Moving forward into the New Year ‘Building Safety’ is going to be at the forefront across all levels of recruitment with candidate competency being key.

Our Blue Collar, maintenance trades team have found an increase in skill shortages when recruiting for various skilled maintenance trades vacancies. In response to the shortage, our team are working collaboratively with clients by exploring how we can encourage more people into the sector, as well as encouraging younger people and women into trades roles. Graham Hacking, our lead maintenance trades consultant says “It’s about making sure we find the right people with the right competencies- we would rather be realistic that we can’t find the “right competent” person and not fill jobs, rather than fill jobs with the wrong people”.

We’re excited about working with training providers and our clients to positively impact the sector to attract the right talent for every role.

Make sure to get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of the comments mentioned in this blog or any requirements you have coming up for the New Year.

In the meantime, on behalf of the Social Housing team at BCUK, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2020, from Debbie, Jen, Graham, Donna, Alex, Kelly, Mike, Jordan and Hollie.



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