Commercial construction sector grew in first quarter of 2013

Steady growth in the commercial construction sector

There has been a steady growth in the UK commercial construction sector in the first quarter of this year, according to international property recruitment consultancy Judd Farris. The commercial construction sector has experienced steady growth, with a resulting high demand for experienced commercial candidates with knowledge of fit-outs and general build. There is also a strong recent demand for strategic sourcing candidates within Facilities Management. Said Tom Flood, Associate Director,  Judd Farris: “As part of continuing cost-saving measures, companies are keen to appoint procurement specialists to effectively manage their strategic sourcing and supplier contracts.”

He added: “Facilities Management generally has seen an increase in salaries and good candidates continue to be in high demand.”

The consultancy’s Professional Talent Spotlight which analyses recent job market trends in property, construction and building also reveals that a lack of new commercial developments in London and an ever increasing number of refurbishments of existing properties means that building surveyors are in high demand, there is a small increase in the number of quantity surveying roles available, but fewer project management roles.

Added Flood: “This high number of refurbishment projects has also led to an increase in technical space solutions roles. In particular, individuals with CAD and other space planning skills are very much in demand.”

By Sara Bean