Recovery in UK Housing Market Prompts NHBC Recruitment Drive
Recovery in the UK housing market has prompted a major recruitment drive aimed at helping builders meet the growing demand for new, quality homes the country desperately needs.
More than 100 jobs are being created by the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes, the NHBC.
The landmark recruitment campaign, the largest in the organisation’s history, is seeking to swell its technical staff by recruiting 80 new building inspectors with new management roles being created.
It is also looking for more surveyors, engineers and special project managers whose task will be to ensure the appropriate technical support is available for builders and their design teams, both on site and during the design stage.
The NHBC recorded a 28 percent rise in new homes registrations in the UK during 2013 and there are strong signs that the economy is now firmly on the up across the nation, particularly in London which has witnessed the highest new house-building volumes for a generation.
Ian Davis, NHBC’s Operations Director, said: "The UK house-building industry has enjoyed a welcome revival over the past 18 months following a number of difficult years.
“As production ramps up across the country, the industry is faced with a new set of challenges.
“Builders up and down the country have told NHBC what they need to move forward and we have responded by launching one of the biggest recruitment drives in our history.
“By up-scaling our technical and inspection services we will be able to provide extra support to the industry and builder customers at this crucial time."
The latest employment campaign follows last year’s recruitment of more than 50 additional inspectors, engineers and surveyors and the re-opening of the NHBC’s Training Academy.
It will also see the creation of a Mobile Quality Team which will work with builders who request extra inspection assistance and will cover 'hot spot' areas throughout the UK, for example those with very high demand or more complex projects.
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.