Construction Jobs Aboad
A large construction project requires people with a variety of skills: site managers, site engineers, plant engineers, electricians, quantity surveyors, structural engineers, store managers, finance personnel, personnel managers, catering staff, procurement officers, and so on.
According to Expats International, many of whose members get jobs in the constructions industry, staff turnover on construction projects is high - as much as 100% over a period of 15 months. There are several reasons for this:
- Recruits are ill-prepared for the environment in which they will be operating, which could be a camp miles from anywhere.
- The jobs tend to be bachelor status posts. Construction camps do not have facilities for many dependants - and some people dislike prolonged separation from their partners.
- Some camps suffer from poor facilities, bad management and poor working relationships. 'A lot depends on the personality of the site/ project manager,' comments Keith Edmonds of Expats International. In The Expat's Cartoon Book (Expats International) the site manager is depicted as halfway between a prison governor and Attila the Hun, but perhaps he has to be.
Working in construction means leading an itinerant life, but many grow accustomed to it moving on to another project when the one they are working on comes to an end. Some projects are short-term; others can last for years - the construction a port or an oil refinery, for instance.
It is an industry which is sensitive to economic change. In the seventies and early eighties the Arabian peninsula was an El Dorado for construction companies. But these countries have been hit by a decline in the oil price and as a consequence there are fewer construction projects. Profit margins for construction companies have grown tighter and companies are tending to recruit supervisory staff and skilled workers from Asia who are cheaper to employ.
However opportunities have opened up elsewhere, notably in Central Asia where countries are keen to build up their infrastructures. Opportunities also exist for craftsmen throughout Europe, notably Germany and Eastern Europe which is experiencing a construction boom. In Asia the gloomy economic prospects have brought construction projects to a halt.
Anders Glaser Wills, Anglo-Arabian, BDS, Beechwood, Beresford, Brunel Energy, CDI-Anders, Daulton, Delton, Dexton, G&T, Peter Glaser, Grafton, Grove Personnel, Harrison Jones, Heston, Hill McGlynn, International Staffing Europe, Just Engineers, KMS, LA, Malla, Morgan Bryant, Morson, NES, Network Overseas, OPU, Premier Personnel, Prima, Professional Management Resources, Rosta, RSL, RW, Sherry Sherratt, Sherwood, Stepp. TA Group, Taylor Recruitment, Top Choice, TTI, Woodland.