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How could an MSP be the answer to the construction talent challenge?

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 3 years ago
  • Author: James Kenealey
​As contingent construction recruitment becomes increasingly difficult and critical skills expensive to find, we explore why a Managed Service Programme (MSP) is an attractive solution in such an economy.

​When hiring contingent labour, there are a multitude of choices a business can make, and often figuring out the most commercially sensible route for your business can be a challenge.
To help, we've created our MSP buying guide. This allows construction organisations to understand what an MSP is and how it can generate significant cost savings, mitigate against skills shortages, maintain compliance and increase worker visibility, specifically within the construction industry.
We also look at our MSP success stories from construction industry leaders such as Sir Robert McAlpine, J. Murphy & Sons and Costain.
Within this guide we explore:
  1. What is an MSP?

  2. MSP models explained

  3. What are the benefits of an MSP?

  4. Is an MSP right for your business?

  5. Introducing a new standard of MSP

  6. MSP success stories


What is an MSP?

A Managed Service Provider handles every element of your contingent hiring process.

Managed Service Programmes were traditionally implemented to manage and increase the visibility of contingent workers. However, to succeed in today’s ever-changing world of work, managed services must move beyond the transactional. 

Modern solutions must be agile, able to support organisations through all, or just part of the worker lifecycle, optimising and leveraging workforces through advanced analytics to inform workforce planning and using new technologies to empower strategic business decisions.

As well as finding the right people for every type of role, from specialist technical staff to office support, an effective managed service takes a bird’s eye view of your talent, enabling organisations to keep spend consistent, track trends within your workforce, maintain governance and compliance, build diverse teams, and forecast and prepare for future issues and opportunities.


It’s a collaboration that fuses your ambitions, objectives and intelligence with the talent expertise and market knowledge of a leading recruitment provider.

If you would like to find out more about any of our talent solutions, including MSP, or how we can help to overcome talent challenges such as skills shortages and workforce visibility, we're here for a coffee and a conversation. Get in touch at