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Anyone from the UK working in construction out there?

Old Apr 8th 2008, 1:25 pm
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Myself and my family are moving out to NZ in the next two months and Im taking over a New Zealand based technical/construction recruitment consultancy based just outside of Auckland.

To help setup a network of contacts I wanted to make contact with any brits currently working in construction out there as I wanted to pick their brains over how busy the market is and how best to start making some in roads!

Im going to be recruiting anyone in construction/civil engineering, consulting engineering, architecture (basically any of the allied industries to construction) but purely white collar technical positions - unfortunately nothing on the trades side.

Me and my family are looking to move into the Clevedon/Whitford,Hunua areas? is anyone out there and what are they like? - I have two small children (3,5) so need somewhere with decent primary schools!

Any help/advice would be much appreciated - it all seems a bit daunting sitting in an office in Leeds (UK) and starting to do some groundwork on the internet!!!

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Hi James. Firstly, I wish you the best of luck in your new venture.

I work 'on' the construction industry here in the UK, rather than 'in', and although I am a barrister, I am also a Chartered Builder and QS (dealing in construction disputes).

I lived in NZ up until 2001, but went back there in late 2006 for a couple of weeks regarding work, and at that time the construction market was booming - a situation which I am led to believe continues to this day, although expats will no doubt confirm this.

I can give you a few employer contacts including name of company and director, and I think the best bet for you is to have some form of 'conduit' from the UK to NZ regarding potential candidates - and perhaps I could also assist in this area.

PM me if you wish and we could have a chat.
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Myself and my family are moving out to NZ in the next two months and Im taking over a New Zealand based technical/construction recruitment consultancy based just outside of Auckland.

To help setup a network of contacts I wanted to make contact with any brits currently working in construction out there as I wanted to pick their brains over how busy the market is and how best to start making some in roads!

Im going to be recruiting anyone in construction/civil engineering, consulting engineering, architecture (basically any of the allied industries to construction) but purely white collar technical positions - unfortunately nothing on the trades side.

Me and my family are looking to move into the Clevedon/Whitford,Hunua areas? is anyone out there and what are they like? - I have two small children (3,5) so need somewhere with decent primary schools!

Any help/advice would be much appreciated - it all seems a bit daunting sitting in an office in Leeds (UK) and starting to do some groundwork on the internet!!!

Thanks

James Swailes.
Hi James, am working for Fletcher Construction in Wellington, give me a shout with whatever it is you want to know and will see how I can help!! Is it an established company you are taking over then???
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It is an established company but only quite a small concern at the moment (Im obviously looking to grow it and use some of my UK contacts to try and get more skilled brits across to NZ!).

When I have my new contact details setup I'll pop them across to you if thats OK? Just thought this maybe a good way of meeting some people over there and starting afresh in a new country with no real contacts is a real daunting prospect!

How much construction work is going on in wellington compared with say Auckland? and do you get contacted by many recruitment consultancies over there - I know BBT and Hays are out there and I compete against them in the UK but they are so large and tend to not treat their clients and candidates in the best of ways!

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Hi James. Firstly, I wish you the best of luck in your new venture.

I work 'on' the construction industry here in the UK, rather than 'in', and although I am a barrister, I am also a Chartered Builder and QS (dealing in construction disputes).

I lived in NZ up until 2001, but went back there in late 2006 for a couple of weeks regarding work, and at that time the construction market was booming - a situation which I am led to believe continues to this day, although expats will no doubt confirm this.

I can give you a few employer contacts including name of company and director, and I think the best bet for you is to have some form of 'conduit' from the UK to NZ regarding potential candidates - and perhaps I could also assist in this area.

PM me if you wish and we could have a chat.
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Any help wpild be much appreciated - I've got a number of ex colleagues in the UK who I am looking to partner with in an attempt to retain as much of a network in the UK as possible. This I hope should allow me to still be put in touch with skilled construction professionals in the UK looking to emigrate (and as I will have gone through this process myself should be well placed to advise).

I also thought about partnering with an emigration specialist - also potentially a good source of skilled people looking to move abroad.

If you have any contacts in NZ that would be great - the company Im going to work with do have a good base of repeat clients but Im keen to spread my net as far as possible.

Thanks again.

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It is an established company but only quite a small concern at the moment (Im obviously looking to grow it and use some of my UK contacts to try and get more skilled brits across to NZ!).

When I have my new contact details setup I'll pop them across to you if thats OK? Just thought this maybe a good way of meeting some people over there and starting afresh in a new country with no real contacts is a real daunting prospect!

How much construction work is going on in wellington compared with say Auckland? and do you get contacted by many recruitment consultancies over there - I know BBT and Hays are out there and I compete against them in the UK but they are so large and tend to not treat their clients and candidates in the best of ways!

Cheers

James.
Plenty of work in Welly just now, I know we are busy in Auckland too though, lots of new offices and redevelopment of new offices here, especially along the harbour areas and in the CBD. I used Koru Connect to get my job here before I left the UK. BBT are ok but I despise Hays with a passion, Hudson are here too but don't think they have a construction arm in NZ, I may be wrong though!

I have never heard from any recruitment companies when I've been here, apart from the ones in the UK who still bug me!!

Its interesteing here, there are only 3 really major contractors, ourselves, Mainzeal and Hawkins, yes there are other regional ones too, and I believe Multiplex do some work up in Auckland. And people tend to stick with the same company for years, I mean, if yuo work for Fletchers there is nowhere really bigger to go so why would you? I work with management who have been there 20/30/40 years!!!
Different market to the UK where most people move on every few years...

Good luck!!
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