2021: The Year for Your Career

With everything that’s happened over the last 2 years, you may be thinking “is now really the time for a change?” We’ve all been put through the ringer and it’s given us all the opportunity to find out what really matters to us – and where we can reinvent ourselves.  With confidence being restored, markets booming and a record number of companies looking to hire we compiled 6 reasons why 2021 is the best time to take the next step in your career.

1.   More Opportunity

Right now, the market is thriving. There’s more opportunity than ever as the world opens back up, companies have had to regenerate the business they’ve lost while in lockdown. The Office for National Statistics announced job vacancies from April-June 2021 were at a record high of 862,000 – 77,500 above it’s pre-pandemic level in January- March 2020. Society is now in a position to re-open their doors and companies are willing to cater and create roles for candidates, meaning new jobs that potentially weren’t available before.  

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 2.  Candidate Shortage

Sadly, a lot of people were made redundant within the pandemic, which means that there are a lot more qualified and experienced candidates compared to previous years. As a result of this, there was a huge influx of unemployment where roles were swamped with applications.

Now, almost a year on from the worst of it, people have picked up whatever role they could source at the time, and reduced the immediate pool. This means when you apply for a role now, you’re no longer competing to stand out against 300 people, you’re standing out against 3. The success rate of securing a job has increased, putting candidates at the best advantage point they can – and with a great offer to walk into.

 3.  Financial Gain

Due to a smaller pool of candidates in the market, employers are willing to offer a lot more to try and attract people away from their current roles into their business. The ONS reported growth in average total pay (including bonuses) was 7.3% from April to June 2021. Our MD, James Kingston, stated “We are experiencing such rapid growth across the industry that with record levels of companies hiring in a labour market facing a deficit it’s very much a candidate led market. Over the last quarter we have seen candidates taking new opportunities with as much as a 20% increase in overall salary. It’s an ideal time for workers to depart stale jobs and seek new exciting opportunities elsewhere.”

And he’s right – employers are paying more than they ever have due to an increased demand than hands to help. They want to pull the experienced and qualified workers out of their current roles, and entice them with a package that they can’t refuse – and that the current employer can’t match.

 4.  Employers are more flexible

Now more than ever employers are respecting that their teams require flexibility. Recognising remote working as a viable option, allowing flexible work hours, and adapting to the needs of each employee has shown a new level of understanding and respect from those higher up. Most employers are advertising this along with the wage, and this pandemic has highlighted what we in society value and that’s time.

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 5.  The Feel Good Factor

There’s something to be said about doing something new to benefit yourself. Taking a step into the unknown can feel scary, but so rewarding. A new job offers a new opportunity, a new purpose and a new adventure – let alone being successful in a pandemic! Having that feel good feeling and that new sense of self belief can help rejuvenate life and put the pep back in your step. If you know that you can secure work in a pandemic – and work you know you can enjoy and thrive in – you’re able to achieve anything and that’s priceless (although the pay check is always a plus).

6.  Covid is dropping, business is booming

You’ve seen the shops opening, the nightclubs open late and the buildings erupt into the skyline – normality is just around the corner. Cases are dropping and opportunity is rising, and everyone is beginning to lift in spirits too. Change is inevitable, but why not welcome it? Update your CV, build connections and allow recruitment to do the leg work for you. In a year that’s felt so out of our control, we need to focus on what we can control: make the most of these opportunities and let us help you take the next step in your career.

 Get in touch with us at Kingston Barnes to help you find the right role for you – call us on 0117 325 22 33.


More and more companies are turning to the telephone as their ideal way of being introduced to candidates. So, in a busy world telephone interviews are becoming more and more frequent.

Telephone interviews have always had the stigma of being a ‘screening process’ before the main event of a ‘real’ or ‘normal’ interview. This however is not always the case. An interview over the telephone is an important part of the recruitment process and could result in doors being open or shut to the next stage of recruitment.

Giving a great telephone interview is a skill that needs to be mastered. Giving yourself a personality to stand out from the crowd and be memorable from just a voice down the phone is a very different challenge! You will need to adjust your approach to the standard face to face interview.

As with all tips and tricks some of my advice may seem obvious, but it is important to take a variety of things into account. You have the standard interview preparation that you will need – the company studied and researched; answers prepared to questions about yourself and your skill set that you would expect from an interview situation – but what else?! What makes the telephone interview different? Follow these simple steps and telephone interviews will be a new skill to add to your repertoire.


Planning and Preparation

Please ensure that you have been given the exact details and you are completely confident with the arrangements. What phone number have you given? Are they contacting you or are you contacting them? What time? These points may seem obvious but you would be surprised how often this goes wrong. This can be a stressful start to the interview and a negativity that you could do without!

As with any interview be sure to spend time thinking up questions you would like to ask your interviewer; this is an important part of any interview. It portrays your genuine interest in the job and gives you the spotlight to take control of the conversation.

Have your CV to hand and take notes – a huge benefit of a phone interview is that they can’t see you scribbling away. Don’t get distracted by writing everything mentioned but take note of important points that are discussed – you can use this at your next interview to wow them with your observational skills.


This can be a tricky one. When you physically attend an interview, the location is more often than not controlled by the employer and therefore out of your control. With a telephone interview it is your responsibility to control your surroundings. You therefore need a quiet environment without any interruptions and distractions.



Huh?! You ask, why make an effort when I can’t be seen? There are many opinions of the importance of dressing to impress and the majority agree with the statement ‘dress smart think smart.’ Therefore, as tempting as it may be to stay in your pyjamas I strongly advice against this.


Body Language

Another strong tip is to smile! It’s been proven that smiling makes your voice instantly sound friendlier. You will seem more relaxed, more confident, and be more likely to build an engaging repour with the interviewer.

Pace yourself, a good interviewer knows you may need a little time to compose a response, so do take time to think about answers; take a deep breath; keep calm and ask for a minute if you need to. Listen carefully and if you don’t fully understand the question, ask for clarification – It is important to present yourself, convey messages and get your point across clearly and concisely; you can’t do this if you are unsure of the question.

Please do pay attention! Just because you can’t be seen interviews can hear if your attention is elsewhere. The aim is to impress your interviewer at every stage



Ending The Call

When you end the interview, you want to leave it on a positive note just like you would if you were in a face-to-face interview, and much like a face-to-face interview it is perfectly acceptable to enquire about the next stage of the process and when you should expect to hear from them. Then all that is left is to thank them for their time and the opportunity and to say that you look forward to hearing from them soon.


Final Thought

You should end your telephone interview feeling happy and confident in the knowledge that you have done all that you can and to the best of your ability to get not only your experience and skills over to the interviewer but also your personality.

Remember confidence is key! Be prepared, keep smiling and believe in yourself.

For more expert recruitment advice on how we can help you ace your next interview please get in touch on 0117 325 2233.

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We are now in the fifth year of teaming up with UWE in their Excellence Awards and we are very proud that The Kingston Barnes Prize for Excellence has been awarded to two new University of the West of England graduates.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Elliot David Morgan who has been awarded the prize for ‘Excellence in Strategic & Operational Management’ and Thomas Davey who has received the prize for ‘Excellence on the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Programme.’

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We wish them both the very best in their career ahead and are pleased to recognise their achievements and present them with their prize money.

We’re dedicated to furthering the construction industry as a profession, which is why we’re the proud sponsors of this award for graduates entering the construction industry. Becoming partners with the University of the West of England and sponsoring the awards is something we at Kingston Barnes believe is a great opportunity to support the students that will shape the future of the industry and we are excited to play a part in celebrating this. We believe that university-business collaboration is vital in ensuring the emergence of new talent is supported and the next generation of construction leaders are provided with a positive entry into the industry.

If you would like any advice in regard to your career path then please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced consultants.

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June Celebrations – The Kingston Barnes team have finished June 2018 on a high!

Congratulations to the whole team; with a special shout out to our stand out members who are celebrating various personal goals.

From left to right:

Frank Parker and Becca Elliott celebrate their 1st placements! Both Frank and Becca joined the Engineering team in April and two months in have successfully placed new candidates into exciting positions. They have both made a very promising start and we are looking forward to seeing big things to come from both of them!

Justin Reynolds, who heads up our Engineering Team is celebrating his 2-year anniversary with us! Within two years at Kingston Barnes, he has not only started a new division from scratch but he has grown it to be the successful team of 6 that it is today! Amazing work Justin, we are proud to have you onboard!

Sam Hewitt is our latest junior member of staff to be promoted from Resourcer to Senior Resourcer – congratulations!! We believe that it is important to promote from within; what better way to be at the top of your game than by working your way up through each level to get there. Sam has shown fantastic initiative and has proven himself as a vital member of the Construction team.

Sam Coggins, one of our Senior Consultants within freelance construction is celebrating his 1st year anniversary with us! Sam joined us last year to work in our white collar freelance team, helping find long term contract positions for Site Manager’s, Engineers and QS’s. Sam has really enjoyed the new area and is looking forward to the busy holiday period ahead.

It is so important to celebrate milestones and successes so well done to all – enjoy your champers!!

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