Timewise Logo

9 January 2020

A Flexible Future for Construction

The UK construction industry faces a growing challenge to attract, retain and progress the best talent. With record employment, uncertainties from Brexit and the changing workforce demographic as the population ages, construction firms are facing a looming skills shortage if they are not able to tap into existing talent pools or encourage the next generation into the sector.

There is an urgent need to create a more attractive career pathway for all, providing both men and women better work-life balance and progression. Improving flexible working would address a number of strategic priorities, ranging from diversity and inclusion to health and well-being to enhancing employers’ ability to attract and retain talent. However, despite the business benefits, employers are not keeping pace with the demand for flexible working.

Supported by Build UK, flexible working consultancy Timewise has partnered with four Construction Pioneers: Bam Construct, Bam Nuttall, Skanska and Willmott Dixon, on a one year programme to explore how to improve flexible working in the industry. This entails reviewing current practices and identifying the barriers the industry faces, including the established long hours culture and the fact that interdependency of tasks onsite makes changes to working patterns difficult.

A strong business case for change has been identified – including talent attraction, better mental health and improved wellbeing. All partners will be working with Timewise to use these insights to pilot new flexible working options on identified sites over the coming months.