All Careers Advice

  • Looking at recent trading updates you’d be forgiven for thinking that the industry was on the road to recovery. But there’s a few big hurdles to jump over yet, and this will take some time.

  • The specialist at recruitment firm Allen & York claims there is a major increase in roles within the sustainability industry

  • What happens when you decide to have a child but your career is also important to you? Is there a way if fusing family and employment in the construction industry? A project manager at the end of her maternity leave discusses the pros and cons of mixing the two.

  • The Middle East crash meant job losses and unrecovered debts for many construction firms - and a scaling back of operations. Now, with infrastructure investment and a World Cup to prepare for, it might be worth taking another look.

  • Across the Atlantic lies a land of opportunity with £182bn to invest by 2013, the world’s biggest sporting events to host, and new-found oil. Luke McLeod-Roberts finds adventure - and adversity - in Brazil

  • Construction professionals must keep up with the rapid technological, regulatory and social changes sweeping across the industry. We report on the crucial areas to add to your knowledge toolkit

  • With growth in the UK still sluggish and the Middle East showing no sign of revival, it’s the dominions - New Zealand, Australia and Canada - that offer the best overseas opportunities, as this year’s Hays Salary Survey shows.

  • It is vital that the construction industry invests in its next generation of leaders, especially in the current market conditions

  • The EC Harris partner in Qatar on the challenges and opportunities of working in the Middle East

  • London developers are, says the world-renowned architect. But that’s not going to stop her increasing her presence in the UK and following up her aquatics centre success with tall buildings in the capital. She talks about work, high points and low - and why her clubbing days are over

  • Any good story has a rags-to-riches theme and James Caan doesn’t disappoint. And as he makes a surprise move into property, he’s keen to share the cash around. This is the Dragon who hates to follow the crowd.

  • This year’s Building/Hays Construction pay guide reveals a disturbing trend of pay rises for those at the top of the tree, but salary cuts and recruitment freezes for those at the bottom. See how your salary compares to the rest of the industry using our interactive data player for engineers, surveyors and architects

  • Ab Rogers, son of Richard, flopped at school, became a hippy, and is, by his own father’s judgment, ’pretty crazy’. None of that stops him being a sought after UK designer trusted with designs for the likes of Pizza Express and the Fat Duck.

  • Nick and Christian Candy reckon you may as well put a sign up at Heathrow saying the UK doesn’t welcome successful people.

  • Apprenticeships divide opinion. For some young people, they are considered the soft option to a university education, and in these tough economic times, some businesses consider them to be an expensive luxury.

  • New networking event aims to encourage architects and people in the creative industries to meet and exchange ideas in alternative settings

  • Gone are the days when social networking was seen as the procrastinator’s distraction of choice. As the construction industry is fast discovering, it is a useful business development tool.

  • Apprentices - the life blood of our industry, or the soft option?

  • Tempted to get a foothold in China by buying a business there? It’s a strategy that can pay dividends, but is strewn with hidden dangers

  • Greg Clark pretty much invented localism as a political idea, and now he’s the minister implementing it as a policy. But he’s adamant that he is genuinely pro-development and not the nimby champion we all fear.