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Top employers in the building industry

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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TORBAY-based Cavanna Homes are the only UK home builder to be recognised in the building industry's top 50 good employers in this year's Building Good Employer Guide.

Consultants, contractors, house builders and other industry firms were invited by leading industry magazine 'Building' to take part in the selection process which is partly based on an online staff survey distributed to all employees and filled in anonymously.

Employee comments repeatedly referred to Cavanna Homes, as a listening employer that offers a good work environment and the opportunity to progress through training and development.

Of this year's entries, magazine editor Sarah Richardson said: "Finding ways to generate loyalty and energy from staff when budgets are tight can be a difficult task, but this year's Building Good Employer Guide shows beyond doubt that construction's top employers are hitting the right notes.

"The companies in this year's guide stand out for the benefits they offer staff, ranging from career progression, to training opportunities, to measures to ensure staff can keep a healthy work-life balance."

Over the past three years, when many homebuilding companies have had to downsize, Cavanna Homes has bucked the trend by increasing staff numbers to a total of 82 employees, with the most recent starters being three apprentices.

Cavanna works hard to be family friendly, resulting in excellent employee morale, a low sickness rate, a very low staff turnover and a third successive year of growth.

Cavanna Homes managing director, Eugene Rapson said: "We are delighted to be placed in the top 50 and it's a real accolade to be the only home builder featured, especially when this is based mainly on feedback from staff members.

"Cavanna Homes continues to be committed to offering structured, secure employment within the South West."

The Building Good Employers Guide identifies and showcases the best companies to work for in the construction industry based on key factors such as employee benefits, diversity and leadership.

This year, the judging panel included industry experts from the UK Contractors Group and the Construction Industry Council.

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