Peace Recruitment has launched a temp division under the leadership of Alison Blake after seeing an upswing in demand for freelance and contract staff in the construction sector.
Alison joins from Hays in Edinburgh where she specialised in temporary/freelance recruitment in the construction sector for the past 13 years. She joined Hays after leaving Aberdeen University with a degree in French and Management Studies.
At Peace she will be responsible for contract and freelance recruitment across the whole spectrum of the built environment for professional and technical roles within construction management, surveying, architecture, civil and structural engineering and building services.
Chris Peace, managing director, Peace Recruitment, 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.”
Alison 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.”
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.