For readers of the press and stock market followers, it must be difficult to know what is going on in the property and construction industry. On any given day you can read a full range of opinion pieces predicting everything from global meltdown to fantastic growth - and all things in between.
At Blayze Group we've learned to largely ignore the mainstream press, surveys and statistics - and especially the markets. Our consultants have worked through several property 'cycles' and we know the best indicators of the state of the industry are the health of the companies involved and the demand for talent.
Blayze Group's specialist recruitment consultants are talking to senior professionals in the industry all day, every day - so we have a pretty good handle on what's happening across the various industry sectors. Blayze Group counts most of the leading residential and commercial developers, construction firms and property consultancies among its client base - so we know the difference between uninformed opinion, rumour and speculation and the reality of what's actually going on.
House building is a good example. Builder after builder reported fantastic figures - record profits, great productivity and increased dividends - only to be hammered in the markets. Even though demand is strong, mortgage availability is good and the outlook for the foreseeable future is pretty rosy.
Most recently, at Bovis Homes AGM, Chief Exec David Ritchie reported "positive market conditions" and confirmed that Bovis was on track to deliver planned growth for 2016. Interestingly, Bovis also report that "The forthcoming EU referendum has had no discernible impact on our business with strong demand across all our operating areas."
Bovis built around 4,000 homes in 2015 and has plans to achieve volumes of 5-6K homes per year. With nearly 20,000 plots at the end of 2015, Bovis has 4-5 years supply with at least outline planning consent in their current land bank.
Bovis Homes' statement at their AGM is just the latest in a series of reports of sound fundamentals, strong demand and good pipelines from major house builders.
'Steady as she goes' may not make headline news, but it's a fair reflection of the house building industry right now. Demand is strong, margins are good and controlled growth is the norm.
At Blayze Group, our Construction Team is seeing strong demand from house builders for senior positions across all disciplines - build, commercial and technical.
Competition for the best talent is fierce - if you are a Site Manager, Project Manager, Project Director, Construction Director, Quantity Surveyor, Technical or Design Manager and are looking to progress your career, you really should talk to the experts at Blayze Group.
You don't have to tell us about the construction skills shortage, but even allowing for this, at Blayze Group our Construction Team has never been busier - a very good indicator of the health of the industry.
So next time you read a doom and gloom story about house building, have a think, consider the facts - or just call one of the experts at Blayze Group for a chat!
About Blayze Group
Established in 2002, Blayze Group is an award-winning recruitment consultancy in the Property and Construction sector working with organisations in Architecture, Construction, Consulting, Energy, Engineering, Financial Services and Sales and Marketing. It counts most of the leading residential and commercial developers, construction firms and property consultancies among its client base.
Blayze Group provides a full range of recruiting services to the industry, including retained executive search, contingent search and selection and interim search. In addition to traditional recruiting services, a Talent Management Team provides a variety of specialist services including coaching, mentoring, psychometric testing, skills gap analysis and talent mapping.
To find out more about Blayze Group's Recruitment Services or Talent Management Programmes, call the office on 0207 5935470 (London) or 161 359 4325 (Manchester), visit the website or download our corporate brochure.
The Construction Team recruits across the UK from Blayze Group's offices in London and Manchester. The skilled recruiters at Blayze Group have particular expertise in a number of areas, including Façade and Cladding, MEP, Civils and Infrastructure, Shell and Core.
You can see Blayze Group's latest Construction career opportunities here.