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Challenges And Opportunities In The Construction Industry
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Challenges and Opportunities in the EHS Construction Industry.

  • Publish Date: Posted 26 days ago

Shirley Parsons Senior Talent Consultant John Kelleher reveals the challenges and opportunities within the EHS Construction Industry.

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​In your discussions with hiring teams, how have they expressed the impact of remote work on EHS positions, and what challenges do they often encounter or anticipate when it arises?

"Within the construction industry the rise of remote working opportunities, has made filling project-based roles more difficult. With some candidates less willing to relocate for a specific job or project location, and thinking they would be able to do the role remotely. Most hiring teams will make it very clear on both the job posting and when speaking with candidates that remote work is not an option for that position."

What was the landscape like in 2023 for remote work in EHS?

"Working within the EHS construction industry, remote work opportunities were limited, due to the nature of the industry, requiring a regular on-site presence at job sites, in order to maintain the highest safety standards. Remote work opportunities within the EHS construction industry tended to be reserved for corporate team members and executive/senior level positions, where lots of travel was still required."

Based on your conversations with hiring teams, what qualifications do they typically prioritize when seeking candidates for remote EHS positions, and which skills are emphasized for success in a virtual work environment?

"Typically, they would look for a 4 year degree for remote workers. Then they would also prioritize candidates who have IT Skills (Power BI, Pivot Tables etc.) and the technical proficiency to use IT systems that would allow for seamless remote work."

What are the most valuable skills/responsibilities you’ve seen in remote EHS positions?

"Within the construction industry the most valuable skills for remote EHS workers, were those related to overseeing or being involved in corporate EHS programs and strategy. Whether that was overall policy and training development, corporate outreach & communication or EHS data analytics. Those skillsets were the most valuable for remote EHS positions within construction."

Are there any specific industries or positions that have seemed more open to remote work?

"The consultancy/service industry and executive level/leadership positions, across all industries seem the most open to remote work opportunities."

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