Peace Recruitment launches ‘temp’ division for construction

Edinburgh firm makes key appointment to head up new team

Peace Recruitment is launching a new ‘temp’ division in Edinburgh to answer the upsurge in demand for freelance and contract staff in the construction sector.
It has appointed construction sector specialist Alison Blake to head up the new department which it says will be a key driver in reaching the firm’s goal of employing 30 consultants by 2020 as part of its vision in becoming the recruitment agency of choice for the construction, engineering and property sectors across the UK.
The Edinburgh-based firm, which is a specialist recruitment agency for the built environment, recruited Blake from Hays in Edinburgh, where she specialised in temporary and freelance recruitment for the construction sector for more than 13 years.
At Peace, she will be responsible for contract and freelance recruitment for professional and technical roles within construction management, surveying, architecture, civil and structural engineering and building services.
Managing Director Chris Peace said: “Alison brings a wealth of experience, industry knowledge and contacts from her 13 years working in construction sector recruitment. Not only is she an excellent recruiter but she has the in-depth knowledge of the sector which we insist all our consultants have.
“We have always handled temp assignments as an agency but now we have a dedicated person, the plan is to build a team around her to service that market. Alison is an excellent cultural fit as she is firmly aligned with our ethos of service over sales.”
Blake said: “Peace Recruitment has grown from a small agency into a major force in construction and building recruitment with a team of 18 people. Chris and I trained together at Hays so when he invited me to join the company I was delighted.
“The temp market is very buoyant and looks likely to grow in future. With Brexit and the possibility of a second independence referendum clients have become more risk adverse. Some employers are reluctant to add to the permanent headcount and are therefore looking for a more flexible option whilst others are looking to fill a skills gap for short-term projects or sickness cover.
“It often makes sense to take on temporary employee if it helps get a project done on time and on budget at a cost which is not prohibitive. Whatever the requirement we can provide a tailored cost-effective option.
“I am totally in tune with the Peace ethos of providing the highest standards of customer service to both clients and candidates. It was the first employment consultancy to join the Institute of Customer Service and this commitment shows in how the agency treats clients and candidates.
“Market knowledge is key; you need to have your ear to the ground and know what’s happening in the construction sector. I feel my track record in the industry will stand me in good stead to establish and grow the temp division.”
Since its creation in 2009, Peace has transformed itself from a ‘one-man-band’ into a multi-million-pound company.
It now has a team of 18 specialist consultants each with an in-depth knowledge of their target markets.