Wednesday, September 10, 2014

News: Kalcrest on the crest of a wave

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Growth in Britain's construction industry is providing a boost for Rotherham recruitment firm, Kalcrest, who is enjoying one of its busiest periods ever.

The specialist construction recruitment agency recently placed more than 300 temporary construction and engineering workers out on site in just one week.

Supplying temporary labour, focusing on skilled trades and general labour to the construction, engineering and related industries, Kalcrest was established in Bradford in 2003 and is now based in the Moorgate area of Rotherham.

Construction industry output in June 2014 is estimated to have risen by 1.2% compared with May 2014 and 5.3% compared to June 2013. During the year, the Office for National Statistics recorded increases in both new work and repair & maintenance of 5.4% and 5.0% respectively.

The monthly Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the construction sector rose to 62.6 in June from 60.0 in May, its highest level since February and well above the forecast for a fall to 59.5. Readings above 50 represent year-on-year growth in activity, and those below 50 point to contraction.

Experts believe that the increase includes a sharp rise in housebuilding activity, which has resulted in strong demand for skilled trades, labourers, civils workers and managers.

A wide range of housebuilders, construction and fit-out contractors, maintenance companies and engineering businesses now use recruiters to find experienced, reference-checked staff for temporary jobs around the UK. Kalcrest has supplied labourers, machine drivers and a selection of trades, including joiners, bricklayers, tilers, painters and plumbers, for short and long-term assignments. The firm has also filled vacancies for site managers, foremen and surveyors at development sites across the country.

Joanne Hurley, director of Kalcrest, said: "During the last four months Kalcrest have seen a continuous increase in the volume of orders for temporary skilled construction workers across the UK and whilst this is not solely related to house building, it certainly is a factor.

"We are excited about the upturn in the housing market – its great news for our workers, our clients and of course, for us!"

Kalcrest website

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