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Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Trends and Upcoming Changes in the World of Construction Recruitment

If you own or manage a construction company, you undoubtedly are feeling the effects of the employment crunch. The increase in building projects has not been supported by an increase in workers, and as a result, construction companies have to be creative in their search for new talent. What’s happening in the world of construction recruitment? How can you get a leg up on your competitors and find the best workers in the industry?

Here’s a look at what’s happening and what’s on the horizon in terms of recruiting construction workers:

1. Booming gig economy

Whether you work with tradespeople, writers, consultants or cab drivers, you’ve probably heard the phrase “gig economy” bandied about. As part of the expansion of the gig economy, more and more tradespeople are setting up their own independent consulting businesses.

You can find these one-man bands on job boards, through internet searches or by networking with others in the industry, and they do everything from project management to quantity surveys to everything in between. The upside of hiring a professional on a gig basis (for a short time period) is that you only pay for what you need, rather than hiring someone for the long haul. The downside, however, is that these professionals may not have the commitment to your company that a full-time employee may have. Additionally, you may need to draft a non-disclosure statement so they don’t share details of your project with your competitors.

2. Continued stability of recruitment companies

From an employer’s perspective, the issue with the gig economy is that it can place the burden of recruitment on the employer, taking up valuable time. This is especially true in cases where the employer is looking for a highly skilled trades person or consultant as described above. However, construction company owners and managers who want to outsource that part of the process can still work with recruitment companies.

Recruitment companies find quality workers, and they match them to your needs. However, to ensure you get the best employee possible, you should work with a reputable company that has its insurance and liability policies in place, as well as a long history of customer satisfaction.

3. Apps on the horizon

As the construction recruitment industry continues to change to meet the needs of construction companies and workers, apps may fill in the gap. For example, this trend has already started in Singapore. There, construction workers whose visas are expiring may create a profile with their credentials, and construction companies who buy a subscription to the app can easily search through the profiles and hire a worker. As so much of the Australian building industry relies on immigrant labour, a development like this would not be surprising in the world of construction recruitment in the near future.  

For more information, visit sites like http://www.contractlaboursydney.com.au.

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Why Ducted Heating Systems Are Ideal For Any Household

As the name suggests, a ducted heating system is one that functions to provide heating throughout your residence using a network of ducts. A ducted heating system will be made of a heating unit that is connected to insulated ducts. These insulated ducts are installed in various rooms in your home according to where you would like the heat to be directed. A misconception some people have is that ducted heating systems are installed in homes during the construction process. The truth is you can opt to have a ducted system installed in your home even if you previously did not have the ducts and vents in place. Here are some of the reasons why ducted heating systems are ideal for any household. 

A ducted heating system is energy efficient

When it comes to selecting a heating system for your household, most homeowners would like one that enables them to use energy efficiently. With some heating units, you typically only have control over the temperature you would like for your residence. The heating system then distributes heat throughout the residence until this temperature is achieved. These systems are not the most energy efficient option as you inadvertently end up heating rooms that are not even in use. With a ducted heating system, you even have the chance of opting to zone your house. 

Zoning gives you the ability to control which rooms are heated individually, rather than having your entire house heated simultaneously. This enables you to keep your utility bills economical, as you will not be wasting energy by heating spaces that are unoccupied. You can make your ducted heating system even more energy efficient by opting to use natural gas as its energy source rather than electricity. 

A ducted heating system has high air quality

Another reason that ducted heating systems would be ideal for any residence is the high air quality they provide to the household. There are several ways that a ducted heating system has improved air quality when compared to other heating systems. Firstly, a ducted system does not dry out your indoor air. As such, there is a lesser risk of respiratory problems when using this system. 

Secondly, the central heating unit that the ducted heating system uses is located outdoors. This eliminates the chance of any fumes being circulated in your indoor air. 

Thirdly, ducted heating systems come with inbuilt filters. These eliminate any particles and contaminants from the air being circulated in your household. 

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The Advantages of Glass Splashbacks in a Kitchen

Every type of material that you can choose for a kitchen splashback will have its own pros and cons, and glass is certainly no different. However, there are some very good reasons why homeowners choose glass for their splashback and for their kitchen benchtops. If you’re in the market for a new splashback for your kitchen, note why glass can be the best option over any other material.

Easy to switch looks

Glass splashbacks are typically not glued onto a wall. Instead, long pieces of glass are cut to fit the wall and then attached with connectors at each corner. The wall behind the splashback is painted, and the glass works to protect it. This can make it easier to change the look of your kitchen; you can have the splashback removed so you can repaint, and then have the splashback attached again just as easily. If you were to choose any type of tile as your splashback, removing it can mean removing the drywall to which it’s adhered and having to replace both the drywall and the tile. This can be a costly and messy job, so if you tend to update your kitchen’s appearance often, glass is the better option.

More durable

Tile used for kitchen splashbacks and benchtops is very durable, but it could still break if you were to set down something very heavy, pound something on the benchtop, or even expose it to high heat. The glass used for splashbacks and benchtops is very durable and meant to withstand this type of rugged abuse and heat from the kitchen. You may find that a glass splashback or benchtop lasts much longer than any type of tile, laminate, and other such material, so you would need to repair or replace it much less often over the years.

Lightweight

The splashback and benchtop material you choose will add weight to the walls of the kitchen and the cabinets themselves. In older homes that may have wood frames and flooring that have weakened over the years, you may find that you need to brace up the frame or the subfloor before you can add certain heavy tiles or a stone like granite. Glass is very lightweight and because a glass splashback is not glued to the wall itself, it typically won’t need this added bracing. It also won’t add much extra weight to the counters so you may not need to brace up the subfloor. This can make it a more affordable installation and also protect your home from potential damage caused by heavier materials.

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