The contractors have teamed up with a specialist flexible working consultancy, Timewise, to research, design and pilot new approaches that could herald a revolution in working practices across construction.
The first phase is a study of current working practices and perceptions at BAM Construct, BAM Nuttall, Skanska and Willmott Dixon. Timewise will then develop a flexible job design change programme to be piloted across a number of construction sites.
While it may be hard for a brick layer or electrician to work from home, they might easily job share, for example.
Timewise principal consultant Pernille Solvik believes “there is an urgent need to design more flexible roles and career pathways within construction, to deliver better work-life balance and build a more diverse, healthier workforce”.
The results of the trial schemes will be evaluated and shared with the wider industry. According to BAM, it “could change the way the industry retains and attracts people”.