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Leading people search business launches the first national talent retention survey.

“It might come across as ironic at first” says Mark Lyons of Calibre Search; “But we are actually in the business of helping clients build their workforce. If businesses are not able to retain staff then they are less likely to be attractive to candidates. In the built environment space we are operating in an unprecedentedly competitive sector with the competition including attractive, lucrative overseas opportunities. Highly skilled labour is in high demand, and employers are developing sophisticated ways to attract and above all retain people. You only need to look at opportunities to work when and wherever you want to see how the power has shifted from employer to employee in certain niche areas.” 

The UK's most innovative, successful and fastest growing businesses in the built environment put people at the centre of strategy. But talent acquisition is time consuming, complex and increasingly competitive. Employee expectation is shifting beyond the parameters of traditional remuneration-based attraction and retention values. The Calibre Talent Retention Survey 2020 looks to provide a frame of reference for what constitutes current market value, how employers are developing their proposition and retaining key talent. 

For the super-competitive UK sector which is so segmented by niche skills (architects, civil engineers, HVAC specialists, architectural specifiers, planners..) we now face unprecedented risk with the potential restriction of foreign skilled labour, visa controls and the threat of more competitive overseas employers influencing our internal labour markets. Brexit is however not the only factor, it's the general impact of globalisation and the way British qualifications and vocational experience is held aloft as the gold standard. 

Mark said, “The inaugural Calibre Talent Retention Survey 2020 looks to help the industry better understand the key levers which influence employee attraction and retention. Collaborating with clients and partners across the industry we will be identifying the primary levers and assessing attitudes towards employee retention. It's so much more than the simple salary these days, it's a given you’ll be well remunerated, it's about the added value, flexibility and the broader opportunity.”

Take the survey here.

Editors Notes: 

About Calibre Search: 

Calibre Search is a leading UK recruitment consultancy with specialist capability in the built environment, marked out as distinctively different by its collaborative approach and industry insights. Calibre are a respected authority when it comes to the UK talent pool in the sector helping leading firms attract and retain their people. 

Calibre invest in relationships both with the employers and candidates and innovate as the market demands. The firm's leadership have infused a culture of professional entrepreneurialism across the growing Calibre platform which is increasingly underpinned by technology designed to identify, target and engage. 

Calibre’s vision is to become the pre-eminent advisor in each of it's key specialist areas based on a reputation as a truly valued partner and industry participant. 

Built on shared values Calibre believes in being an inclusive, considerate and exciting place to work. Our clients see that in our attitude, the way we deliver and the respectful diligence with which we represent them and their brands. 

Press Enquiries: 

Mark Lyons (MD) and Matthew Finlay (Director of Marketing) are available for interview and comments. This can be arranged by contacting: 

Communicate (Europe) Limited 

+44 (0) 113 2242213 

Or Ben Rushton on +44 (0)7483102680

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