So in a massively improved timescale compared to last year, I have actually managed to post this on New Year’s Day as promised when I first started this 4 years ago!
In a year that saw many promotions, moves and new companies formed we must also remember that sadly, we lost at least one of our community in 2015. We remember them fondly.
I want to offer my personal congratulations to all of you who have taken the (sometimes) bold step of taking a new job. It’s not easy out there and moving to a company where you’re not sure of their understanding, attitude or willingness to change the way they work can be daunting. I hope you’re all settling in well!
The headline stats!
Massive caveat as usual – these are stats, I love them and I hate them… they’re made up of responses to an online form shared on Twitter and LinkedIn. It may surprise you, but there are people out there who aren’t on one or the other (or both) that still manage to ‘do’ BIM. I know others who are on both, have bagged new jobs but not completed the form. So these stats represent nothing but a summary of the responses I’ve received. You have been warned, take them with a pinch of salt!
- 45 respondents (44 moved, 1 was promoted – do I need a new list?!)
- AECOM lost 4 & gained 1
- 3 moved abroad
- ARUP lost 3
- BIM Academy, BIMTechnologies & MottMacDonald all lost 2
- Turner & Townsend lost 1 but gained 6
- 2 set up their own companies
- 1 person moved twice (there’s always one!)
So which sector lost and won?
The facts suggest that there seems to have been a significant shift from Design Consultancies to Contractors and Project Management companies. If you add to this other companies offering standalone BIM services, we’re seeing what we have seen in all years since I’ve been tracking this – a skills transfer from ‘within’ companies to providing a ‘buy-in’ consultancy service to a wide range of ‘not-yet-BIM-mature’ companies.
This is encouraging in some ways – it means what ‘we’ do is becoming more mainstream and can sustain a plethora of companies. I don’t foresee a problem with this as long as each and every company that uses a consultancy gains a noticeable knowledge transfer, otherwise whats the point? BIM will just ‘cost money’ and be seen as ‘an expensive add-on’.
On the other hand, this approach is removing skills from where they are needed – at the coalface. It’s a dilemma and one that I have no answer for, other than to suggest that
each and every company out there look carefully at the staff they have, invest in them and value them
Countries other than the UK seem to be doing well from UK staff! Yet again we’ve seen more people moving to other companies around the world. It’s fantastic to see and bolsters the UKTI approach that we are in a great position to sell our skills, knowledge and experience abroad.
Not surprisingly, there’s a spike in the new job starts around March – obvious really when most companies want to have new key staff on their books at the start of the new financial year. There’s no apparent reason for it really but it’s a trend nonetheless!
The unfettered data
Here’s a link to the Google Form results – do with them what you will!
If you do something interesting with them, please share with the rest of us!
The full list…
I’m not bowing to Matt Rumbelow’s requirements this year – here’s the list in forename alphabetical format!
|Name||Surname||Moved from…||Moved to…|
|Alex||Strachan||Soluis||Turner & Townsend|
|Andrew||Handley||Franklin Ellis Architects||Purcell|
|Chris||Smeaton||Colour Urban Design||KEO International Consultants|
|Darren||Cunningham||Network rail||London Underground|
|Dayle||Zieleniewski||Arup Associates||BIM Campus|
|Dr Maxwell||Mallia-Parfitt||University of Reading||COINS:FULCRO|
|Dr Muhammad Tariq||Shafiq||BIM Academy UK||IEC, Abu Dhabi|
|Etienne||Le Roux||United House||Turner & Townsend|
|Ian||Philpott||Aecom||J Murphy and Sons|
|Jill||Guthrie||BIM Technologies||Willmott Dixon|
|Kath||Fontana||BAM construct uk||ISS Technical Services|
|Kevin||Fielding||AEW Architects||Sheppard Robson|
|Natacha||Redon||Turner & Townsend||Identity Consult|
|Pantelis||Ioannidis||NBS/RIBA Enterprises||John Robertson Architects|
|Pete||Foster||Premier Interlink )Waco UK Ltd)||Autodesk|
|Peter||Morton||IBI Nightingale (IBI Group)||Turner & Townsend|
|Philippa||Klaschka||Studio Klaschka||Stride Treglown|
|Radu||Gidei||Lee Evans Partnership||All Design|
|Robert||Klaschka||Studio Klaschka||SUMO Services|
|Sarah||Rock||RPC||Herbert Smith Freehills|
|Sean||Bloomfield||Stace LLP||Turner & Townsend|
|Shaun||Farrell||Ferrovial Agroman UK||Turner & Townsend|
|Thomas||Mahon||Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners||Bimorph LTD|
|thomas||royle||mott macdonald||laing o’rourke|
|Thorsten||Strathaus||Arup Associates||Flanagan Lawrence|
|Tom||Oulton||East Riding of Yorkshire Council||Turner & Townsend|
Roles & titles
Perhaps controversially, I’m highlighting this as a concern… you’ll see from the raw stats that companies are employing people (as they always have) with a vast range of titles. This shouldn’t be an issue if the ‘roles’ are defined. Too many times are we seeing job vacancies with role and responsibility descriptions that should be the work of at least 3 people! You often need to be a software whizz (on multiple apps), project delivery team member, Team Leader, Change Management expert, Business Analyst, the list goes on. Oh and “you have to present all this to the company board and our clients…”
Frankly, it’s ridiculous and not only places pressure on a single person but also dilutes their capability to affect change (if indeed they are afforded the opportunity to make real changes).
A better approach would be to assess company needs and see what roles they NEED to affect immediate change and record the improvements. Maybe then do they employ more people to address bigger issues.
There’s work and education to be dispersed here with industry and Recruitment Agencies – work that I have started with small group and will be opening up in the coming months – Who are you employing? What are their roles? Hopefully this can bring clarity and avoid confusing roles such as Modeller, Coordinator, Model Manager & Information Manager.
No jokers, not one fake entry this year… I’m actually quite disappointed!
Here’s to a hugely sucessful 2016, the year of a 1000mph land speed record attempt, legalised autonomous road vehicles in the UK and the official start date of the UKGov BIM mandate…
And if you do move jobs in 2016 or know anyone who does – don’t forget to complete the new 2016 #BIMTransferSeason form!
Go smash it!
PS Sorry if you’ve missed the 2015 survey but c’mon – you’ve had a whole year! Fill in your details on the 2016 form and I’ll include you next year!