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Getting Ahead in FM in 2013 4 January 2013
Recruitment Consultant, Douglas Carrick from Build Recruitment shares some insight into the shape of FM Recruitment in 2013.

‘New Year. Fresh Start? We’ve heard it all before, but what does 2013 really have in store for FM job seekers?

The FM employment market, like many, is predominately an employer’s one. However it would appear that 2013 has a number of opportunities in store for the FM job seeker. In an industry that is arguably worth £167 billion, there will always be opportunities for good candidates, however entering the job market can be daunting, and it is important to seek career advice.

For school leavers with minimal qualifications, times have never been tougher. With more and more individuals obtaining University degrees, it is easy for school leavers to feel a little lost. But it is important to not feel downbeat. In an industry as valuable as FM, there are so many entry level positions available and what organisations are looking for is the correct attitude, not a pass or a fail.

Many FM providers look for driven, flexible and hard-working individuals to join their FM teams and fully expect these people to work their way up the ranks. For school leavers who are keen on getting some FM qualifications, there are a number of BIFM, NEBOSH and independent provider options available. The BIFM mentoring scheme also proves to be a fruitful programme for entry-level and seasoned FMs.

The graduate job market as a whole is very saturated. There are a number of graduate schemes available for graduates looking for a step into FM, but, as with all other disciplines, places are limited and competition is intense. It is important for graduates to remember that a ‘grad-scheme’ is not the be-all and end-all and that there are other FM opportunities out there. You may be surprised with the opportunities and salaries available that are comparable to graduate schemes.

Private sector organisations are now looking to develop and expand their offering and move away from the recession driven ‘business as usual’. FM in the public sector is also expanding and opportunities within this sector are becoming more attractive to FM job seekers. Recent surveys suggest that staff turnover in the FM industry is around 15%; a positive stat for all FM job seekers, as employee movement creates opportunities.’ For more information or if you have any recruitment queries contact douglas.carrick@buildrec.com or visit the website .
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