Our History

Our History

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2016

We won Best UK Recruitment Consultancy at the UK Construction Investing in Talent Awards

While we’ve been recognised at both recruitment & general business awards in the past, what makes this one so special is that it is recognition from the construction industry itself. To be acknowledged by the industry sector we serve as delivering a “best in class” recruitment service is testimony to the years of hard work and commitment of the team we’ve built at Contract Scotland.

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Contract Shared Services

Admin, Procurement, HR, accounts, and document control – the list goes on, but these key roles make up our Shared Services division. We’ve provided these critical support staff to a wide range of clients for the last ten​ years so we can look after all your business needs for more than just the “technical” roles.

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New Re-brand & Website

5 REASONS FOR OUR RE-BRAND: A better customer experience | To clearly define our service | To effectively share our industry knowledge | To represent our personal approach | To reflect who we are and what we stand for.

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2015

We won the APSCo CSR Recruiter of the Year award

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Record number of permanent placements in 1 year!

Launch of our EU Division in Spain

Our roving recruiter Samantha Lister is based in Jerez to identify EU talent for the UK construction industry.

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Launch of our CS Executive service

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We’re 25, Happy Birthday to us!

What a milestone! The largest and longest-serving independent construction recruiter in Scotland hits 25 and we couldn’t be happier. Hugely grateful to all our suppliers, job seekers and employers who have worked with us over the years. We threw a couple of parties with them and the team.

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Launch of our social enterprise, Constructing Futures

CSR is a core function of our business and the aim is to support those furthest removed from the workplace. Constructing Futures will provide valuable work experience for graduates and undergraduates who face the challenge of gaining experience to make them job ready. We all remember how hard it can be to get a foot in the door, and this initiative will help providing a deserving candidate with just that.

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2013

Record number of temporary placements achieved!

2011

We launched CS International

We’d worked with contractors in Canada and Australia for a few years and formalised our offering in 2011, with our Chairman settling in Perth, Australia in 2013. Our purpose in 2011 was to take UK construction professionals to busy and economically sound locations. It now has a dual function where we also help staff from those countries find suitable roles in Scotland.

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2009

Recession. Hold tight!

This wasn’t a great time, let’s not sugar coat it! The construction industry was last in, first out, but we held tight. We kept our great temporary workers working and listened to permanent workers with a sympathetic ear while trying to resource roles throughout the world. In the words of Kelly Clarkson (our MD has dodgy music taste!) “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.​

2008

Contract Scotland achieves Community Mark award

Colin pictured with HRH Prince of Wales receiving our trophy for achieving our Community Mark for as a member of Scottish Businesses in the Community.​

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2007

Our first International placement in Canada

We won Best Construction Recruiter and SME Agency at the 1st Recruiter Awards

2004

We launched our Temporary Workers Training Initiative

This initiative focuses on providing appropriate H&S and Continued Professional Development for temporary workers in the construction industry.

2001

Emma Marriott was issued the first shareholding in Contract Scotland

John-Paul Toner, Anne Fotheringham and Jennifer Ryan followed a few years after creating a real​ culture of recognition and reward.

1999

De-merger of Contract Construction – Contract Scotland is born!

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1995

Opened Scottish office in Livingston – RIP Peel House

We have ‘fond’ memories of Livingston! A great central location which allowed us to service all of Scotland – but one of the typical ‘sick buildings’ of its time. Emma remembers never being so ill and is glad it’s made way for more useful housing!​

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1992

1992 – The Consulting Engineers Division was launched

Clients at this point were East of Scotland Water and Scott Wilson. So many changes in the design world and we’ve been through all the mergers and restructures.​

1991

July marks 1st temporary worker, Steve Rowan in Glasgow

One year after opening, Steve starts as the first person on our in-house payroll. Still ​working as a site engineer on a permanent basis.

October marks 1st permanent placement in Scotland

1990

Where it all begins

Colin Woodward sets up Contract Construction with a school friend. Colin and friend Ian saw an opportunity to start up a consultancy with a heart. Bored of the soulless Plc recruitment culture, they wanted to revolutionise the recruitment industry.​

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