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Birmingham’s Curzon Street station worth up to £435m

HS2 has begun the search for a construction team to deliver the design-and-build package for Birmingham’s Curzon Street station worth up to £435m. The new station, which is set to open in 2026, aims to unlock 36,000 jobs and 4,000 … Continue reading

HS2 unveils Crewe Link £1.6bn civils bid plan

HS2 has outlined plans to split the proposed West Midlands to Crewe section of the high speed railway into two civils contract packages. Procurement chiefs said they are still keeping procurement options open with the possibility of running a competition between … Continue reading

Winners revealed for Highways England work bonanza

Highways England has chosen the winners for one of its biggest ever framework deals. It is thought the names will be officially confirmed shortly of contractors who have bagged places on the programme worth up to £8.7bn over the next … Continue reading

HS2 firms gearing up to create 15,000 jobs by 2020

Contractors and consultants working on HS2 are gearing up to employ a 15,000-strong workforce by 2020. Over 7,000 roles are already supported by the project, and over 2,000 business have already won work with HS2, ahead of the main construction start … Continue reading

Lendlease Reveal Value of Euston Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the area around HS2’s Euston station could be worth nearly £6bn, the company behind the project’s masterplan has revealed. Lendlease, which won the master-developer contract in February, said it expected the overall Euston redevelopment covering the area … Continue reading

North West’s first smart motorway fully-operational

The M60 in Greater Manchester is officially the North West’s first fully-operational smart motorway, Highways England has announced. On 31 July the final package of smart improvements along junctions 10 to 18 of the M60 in Greater Manchester went live. … Continue reading

North West to get 100 miles of new motorway lanes

Highways England has said that more than 100 miles of extra lanes will be added to the North West’s motorways through schemes starting on site in the next 18 months. Four new smart motorway schemes – with a combined value … Continue reading

CONSTRUCTION CONSOLIDATES AFTER SHAKY START TO YEAR

Construction buyers reported a steady continuation of industry growth following a dip in output earlier this year.  The  latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index for May registered 52.5 – exactly the same figure as April. Crucially the figure … Continue reading

OUTLOOK BRIGHTENS FOR CIVILS CONTRACTORS

Civil engineering contractors say that their workload was marginally down in the first quarter of 2018, overall, but orders were up. The Civil Engineering Contractors Association’s workload trends survey for 2018 Q1 in Great Britain suggests things are looking up, … Continue reading

Gender pay gap among 30 top contractors revealed

Laing O’Rourke has recorded the lowest inequality in pay between men and women among Britain’s top 30 main contractors. The firm’s record on equal pay was revealed as thousands of employers with over 250 staff were forced to published their … Continue reading

Five Network Rail Projects to Watch

Network Rail’s CP6 programme is looming into view while several CP5 projects continue to make the headlines. Midland Main Line Midland Main Line upgrade_Network Rail_Masts installed between Kettering and Corby Midland Main Line electrification was first proposed in the 1970s, … Continue reading

Highways England commences hunt for principle contractor for its Area 10 highways and motorways upkeep contract.

The 15-year term maintenance contract is expected to be worth up to £326m. Balfour Beatty’s joint venture with Mott MacDonald has held the region covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester since 2012. At the end of last year the … Continue reading

Construction will be the worst affected major industry following Brexit

Construction will be the worst affected major industry following Brexit, according to a study commissioned by mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The report, produced by data analyst Cambridge Econometrics, looked at the effects on trade, investment and labour on different … Continue reading

Latest Results from Jobs Outlook.

As the year draws to a close and we look forward to the Christmas break it’s a good opportunity for us to reflect on 2017 and what the jobs market will have install for us in 2018. It has been … Continue reading

PWC Report on EU Workforce Post-Brexit

In a report on post-Brexit economic prospects, PwC highlighted that EU migrants make up around 10 per cent of the UK construction industry’s workforce. In London, this figure rises to 30 per cent, based on 2016 figures from the Office … Continue reading

Government Initiative Required to Ease Skill Shortages

Former home secretary Lord Blunkett has vote to force the government to “pull its finger out” on skills to prevent a labour shortage for the UK’s major infrastructure projects. Speaking to Construction News, the Labour peer said the government must … Continue reading

Governments blueprint on Immigration Plans – Stark Warning for Construction

The leaked document on the government’s Brexit immigration plan, obtained by The Guardian, is a frighteningly stark reminder of the threat to construction, once we leave the EU. While the proposals are in a draft form and yet to be … Continue reading

Report on Jobs May 2017

As we approach the third quarter of 2017 I would like to share some recent findings from June’s edition of the report on Jobs, produced by IHS Markit and the Recruitment Employment Confederation. At Intersect Global 2017 has so far … Continue reading

Employers using Contractors to Plug Skills Gap

As we approach half way mark of 2017 I thought it would worth sharing some statistics from this month’s JobsOutlook Survey. I hope you find it of interest. This information is gathered from employers across every sector, what is interesting … Continue reading

Wages on the Rise as Competition for Candidates Continues to Increase

It is hard to believe we are soon to approach the half way mark for 2017, the year has flown by so far and activity here at Intersect Global seems to reflect the general buoyancy of the civil engineering & … Continue reading

Where are the Female Leaders in the Construction Industry?

If you have been following the Construction News coverage of women in construction this week I am sure you will agree the statistics presented highlight worrying questions about the state of gender diversity in the industry. That women make up … Continue reading

Jobs Market Outlook for 2017

Intersect Global have enjoyed a very busy start to 2017 with a number of significant permanent appointments being made and an equal measure of contractors placed too. The civil engineering and infrastructure markets are buoyant and the skill shortages make … Continue reading

“Hard” Brexit could cause British Construction Industry to loose out on 215,000 Workers

The British construction industry could lose out on almost 215,000 workers if there is a ‘hard’ Brexit, according to research from Arcadis. The report found that a ‘soft’ Brexit could see the industry lose out on 136,000 workers – around … Continue reading

UK Growth at Risk due to Crisis of 50,000 Missing Female Minds

Intersect Global are a member of WISE a brilliant organisation who support and promote women in science and engineering. Here are the findings from their national conference. The UK’s key growth industries risk stalling unless the country tackles the loss … Continue reading

UK construction firms back into ‘expansion mode’ after housing boost, CIPS data shows

Good news; UK construction firms have moved back into “expansion mode” after the industry reported growth in activity for the first time since the EU referendum. The Markit / CIPS Construction PMI data for September stood at 52.3, rising above … Continue reading

Let’s Build a Better World Together

At Intersect Global we are working hard to encourage and promote fairness, inclusion and respect in the workplace. We have a link on our website with our new helpful handout that we give to all our contract workforce. We believe … Continue reading

Former Wates CEO Paul Drechsler warns Brexit could lead to significant job losses in the construction sector.

The chief executives and leaders of UK contractors must set out to their employees what the consequences of a vote to leave the EU would mean for their business, the president of the CBI has told Construction News, warning the … Continue reading

Airport Investment in the South East

Stansted Airport’s operator is set to lift the wraps on plans for a £600m long term upgrade of its terminal infrastructure. Stansted. Manchester Airports Group, which owns the airport, is to host a suppliers day next month for the industry’s … Continue reading

Crossrail will be renamed the Elizabeth Line from 2018.

Crossrail will be renamed the Elizabeth Line from 2018, it was confirmed today. The line, which will be purple on the TfL Underground Map, will be named after Queen Elizabeth II, who visited Bond Street station to mark the announcement … Continue reading

Eight Million UK Employees to Make a Career Move in 2016

Almost eight million British employees will resolve to leave their job in 2016, according to a new report. The survey, carried out by CV Library, found that one quarter of the current 31.2 million workers in the UK will make … Continue reading

First Tracks Laid in Crossrail Tunnels

When you have a spare three minutes this video Crossrail have released is worth a watch its fascinating. www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ok77gPdXo&feature=youtu.be

Construction Output adds £6BN to UK Economy

Construction in central London has added billions of pounds to the UK economy, new research commissioned by some of the city’s most powerful property developers has revealed. According to the study by consultancy Deloitte, construction activity in 11 inner-London boroughs … Continue reading

Crossrail 2 has moved a step closer after Transport for London unveiled revised plans for the proposed £27bn line through London.

The route was revealed as TfL launched its third public consultation, with the organisation keen to get approval for the project next year. If the project is given the green light, construction could begin as early as 2020, with the … Continue reading

Watch The London Bridge Redevelopment Video

The London Bridge redevelopment is one of the most complex projects undertaken by Network Rail. The fascinating video below documents Network Rail, Costain and specialist contractor Prater as they discuss challenges faced, 4D-modelling, off-site manufacturing and pioneering new construction methods, … Continue reading

Recruitment Agencies Delivering Well

Demand for recruitment services has never been so great, with skilled workers in particular being highly sought after. This has placed increased pressure on recruitment agencies as companies compete to attract the top candidates. The good news, according to the … Continue reading

Crossrail 2 Update

Network Rail has set out the first stage of planning for Crossrail 2 after issuing a tender for a £60m consultancy contract. The rail operator is looking for a firm to undertake design and consultancy services for the ‘On Network’ … Continue reading

Momentum builds for £20BN Crossrail 2

Mayor Boris Johnson has set-up the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission to promote plans for the £20bn project. Business leaders are also backing the scheme and are calling on the Government to use the current Comprehensive Spending Review to provide the … Continue reading

The Perfect Linkedin Photo

Your LinkedIn photo has the potential to make a prospective employer trust you. So, how do you secure this trust? Look a little happy. The emphasis is on ‘a little’ though. Research from New York University has discovered that people … Continue reading

Construction Sector Skills Shortage

Almost half of all specialist contractors are struggling to recruit skilled workers, according to new data. The shortage of skilled labour is at its highest point for 14 years, according to a report ftom the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC). … Continue reading

How the Construction Sector Reacted to the Conservative Government

Construction leaders have called on the incoming Conservative government to commit to a long-term infrastructure spending plan as the industry digests last night’s shock election result. Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association, said that the continuity offered … Continue reading

Intersect Global’s top 10 Interview Tips

The job interview might be the only thing left between you and the position of your dreams. Even if you are lucky enough to be the most qualified candidate with references galore, a poor interview performance will seriously hamper your … Continue reading

Good News for London Cyclists

Late last summer TFL had proposed after a terrifying trend of lorry-related deaths’ Crossrail for bikes. Today those plans have been approved. London is getting four new cycle highways (east-west, north-south, CS1 and the inner section of CS5) as well … Continue reading

Construction Sector Continues to Increase UK Employment Figures

At Intersect Global 2015 has started just as we left off before Christmas shut down, we are pleased to report increased numbers of permanent vacancies and job offers being made within the construction and civil engineering sectors. It seems that … Continue reading

New Year – New Levels of Stress Amongst UK’s Workforce

Office workers returning after the festive season are experiencing higher stress levels, with half of the UK’s workforce (48%) revealing they are closer to burning out than they were just five years ago. The research, conducted by Regus, surveyed over … Continue reading

Capability Rather than Haggling is the Key for Pay Rise

Haggling for more money or a better benefits package during the negotiation process of a job interview gets you nowhere, according to research from Huthwaite International. The survey of 1,300 people in 52 countries also discovered successful negotiators make less … Continue reading

One Quarter of the UK Workers Not Using all their Holiday Allowance

Almost one quarter (23%) of the UK workforce did not use all of their paid holiday allowance in 2013, according to new research. The findings from Canada Life Group Insurance found that although this figure is down slightly from 2012 … Continue reading

London – The Most Desirable City to Work In

London has been voted as the most desirable city to work in the world, according to a survey by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and totaljobs.com. The survey analysed the respondents of more than 200,000 people from 189 countries and … Continue reading

The UK is now the 10th most Attractive Economy for Infrastructure Investment

The Global Infrastructure Investment Index, published by Arcadis today, ranks 41 countries by their attractiveness to investors in infrastructure. Since the first index in 2012, the UK has risen three places (see table, attached) up to 10th and is the … Continue reading

Are you guilty of Answering Work Phone calls at Inappropriate Times?

Over half (54%) of Brits have admitted answering work calls while in bed according to a new survey. The survey from professional call answering service, alldayPA found that UK staff even struggle to switch off on Holiday with 41% of … Continue reading

CIB Report on Construction Activity during the Recession

London was the only region in the UK where the construction industry grew during the recession according to the Chartered Institute of Building The report, “The Real Face of Construction”, said construction output in the capital grew more than 20 … Continue reading

Plans for Crossrail 2

Plans for Crossrail 2 have stated to take shape and procurement could start as early as 2018. Transport for London has launched a second consultation for a ‘regional option’ of its proposed Crossrail 2 mega scheme. A new station in … Continue reading

UK Unemployment Rate Dropping Quickly

With the UK unemployment rate dropping quickly to 7.1%, in the three months to November 2013, there is a strong case for optimism in the jobs market. Roughly 30.15 million people are now in work, an increase of 280,000 in … Continue reading

We are looking for recruitment consultants

Intersect Global is a specialist technical recruitment company with particular expertise in the construction and infrastructure sectors. As part of our on going expansion plans we are seeking to appoint a Recruitment Consultant to join our existing team in Central … Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Intersect Global, we hope that you enjoyed the Christmas break and are recharged and ready to tackle 2014 which is reportedly set to the biggest year of growth since the recession hit. 2013 was a good … Continue reading

Infrastructure Contractors Stimulating Sector Growth

Infrastructure contractors have seen a significant rise in their workloads this year, with a substantial jump in new orders helping to create more jobs and stimulate the sector. According to the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) workload trends survey for … Continue reading

Positive Signs of a Recovery

Positive news for construction industry growth. The construction industry has seen its fifth consecutive month of growth, according to the latest CIPS/Markit survey. September saw the sector continue to go from strength to strength, with the report suggesting strong expansion … Continue reading

Demand to “Rocket” if Confidence Holds

Construction firms’ ability to recruit enough skilled staff is the only thing holding back the industry, KPMG has said in response to the latest Markit construction PMI figures. The latest survey of construction purchasing managers showed construction output expanded in … Continue reading

London Bridge Station Design Revealed

Detailed designs for London Bridge station have been delivered by the HyderWSP joint venture to the main contractor. Work is already underway on side to deliver the transformation as part of the £6 billion Thameslink Programme. So far, three platforms … Continue reading

Four years of Crossrail Construction

This is an amazing photo that Crossrail tweeted this week of the humongous gaping cavern 40 meters beneath Stepney Green. The posed photo op was in honour of the 4 year anniversary since Crossrail started construction. Time flies when you’re … Continue reading

Market Conditions & Interview Tips

It has certainly been a very busy start to the year for us at Intersect the first quarter of 2013 has flown by. The infrastructure sector continues to gain momentum and with the budget out the way it is good … Continue reading

Quantity Surveyors & Infrastructure Sector

As a new year gets underway there are some positive signs to be seen in the construction industry and from speaking to clients and candidates it seems many share a degree of optimism for what 2013 has install. Whilst our … Continue reading

Employment Trends during 2012

As the year draws to an end and we all look forward to the Christmas break it seems like an opportune time to report on some employment trends over the past year and look forward to what the industry may … Continue reading

UK Out of Recession & Market Conditions

As you will have heard in the headlines yesterday the UK is officially now out of recession. Overall, the UK economy grew by 1.0 per cent in the last quarter, on the back on an Olympic boost. The Olympic effect … Continue reading

Market Conditions & Good news for Crossrail

With the great sporting summer of 2012 gone and construction restrictions lifted across Central London and the London Underground network the construction industry is beginning to gather momentum again. We have noticed an increase in recruitment activity across in the … Continue reading

Engineering & Technical Market Overview

With first stage of the London 2012 Olympic Games finished and all the athletes and spectators gone our City returns to relative normality.  There has been such a buzz in the air and it seems the fantastic achievements by Team … Continue reading

London and the Olympics

The London 2012 Olympics are into their second week and there is a genuine buzz in the Capital especially with the British success so far being third in the medal table. Intersect were lucky enough to have enjoyed a team … Continue reading

Two weeks to go until London 2012 Olympic Games

With two weeks until the London 2012 Olympics everyone is hoping this very British summer weather will make a change for the better.  The officials are moving in to the athlete’s village this week and construction contractors across London are … Continue reading

Welcome to Intersect’s blog

As you will have noticed we have a brand  new website www.intersectglobal.co.uk  we hope that you find it useful and  we welcome  comments or feedback you may have. Intersect are specialist recruiters predominantly in the civil engineering and infrastructure sectors … Continue reading