In South Africa’s currently volatile labour market, as a jobseeker you may think you simply have to take every job you can get. However, choosing a company that matches your needs is also extremely important. ClockWork’s matching algorithm factors in a range of critical criteria to ensure you, as a jobseeker, are matched with the right employers. During this blog series we look into the best companies to work for within some labour-based industries, this is our second article in the series focuses on the construction industry. (our first in the series was looking at the best landscaping companies to work for)
1) Fix Forward
Location: Cape Town and Johannesburg
This new-age company was born in Diepsloot, Cape Town after the eventual founder saw first-hand how a good reference and some marketing material helped his friend, a struggling tradesman secure work. They have recently expanded their services to include the Gauteng region.
Fix Forward connects skilled and reliable tradesmen to clients and help facilitate the relationship. They undertake a strict screening process to onboard their tradespeople and hold them accountable for producing exceptional work.
On their platform they offer tilers, carpenters, pavers, painters, plumbers, builders, electricians and welders. So if you fit the mould, like to show initiative and are keen to be your own boss this is the company for you. Fix Forward gives you the platform to find clients but also the freedom to work when it suits you.
2) CPT Builders
Location: Cape Town
CPT Builders undertake projects from a brand new home or office build to small painting jobs. Chris and his team have 19 years of industry experience and house an impressive portfolio of clients including Woolworths, Ocean Basket & Virgin Active.
“CPT Builders been one of our preferred contractors, appointed by Woolworths since 2009 to construct some of the company’s new stores and were involved in our modernization program”
STEVE FRANKLE, WOOLWORTHS HEAD OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT 12/13/2016
This array of jobs will keep your skills sharp and the calibre of work done will give you an impressive CV when it’s time to find your next opportunity.
Mzuli Projects was established in 2013, and although relatively new on the scene they have done some of the finest work in the region. They have been contracted to perform new house builds, home renovations, ceiling and roofing, painting, perimeter wall building and several other jobs which have seen them receive glowing reviews from their clients.
“The quality of the tiling is exceptional with extreme care taken to ensure exact measurements. I will definitely recommend Mzuli Building contracors for their professionalism and workmanship.”
Starting at a smaller company may be the way to go initially as you will be given more responsibility from an earlier stage and may be able to work your way up the ranks relatively quickly with the right skills and work ethic.
Kandua, like Fix Forward, is a new and innovative way of making your way in the construction industry. Kandua connects vetted and reviewed professionals to home owners for all their household needs. Their user-friendly website allows professional tradespeople to register on their website and immediately become discoverable. It is worth noting you will need to provide documentation to register and references from previous clients will stand you in good stead!
They list carpenters, electricians, handymen, painters, plumbers and renovators.
You can join Kandua as a pro here
5) Domingo Construction
Location: Cape Town
Domingo Construction was started in 1984 and specialises in building alterations, carport installations and roofing. They even do set building for the film industry. With such a diverse portfolio, no day will be the same and you’ll continue to learn new skills you can implement. If you want to be a well-rounded builder this may be the company where you start your career.
We want to finish off by providing a few more tips to consider when choosing the company to work for. You can use the ClockWork App to check that the company is right for you.
1) Check the company’s rating by visiting the employer’s profile
2) Ensure the location is easy to get to – you can click on the link to maps when you are offered a job
3) Chat with your employer using the in-app chat function. This can be found in the ‘chats’ tab on the bottom bar of your jobseeking app.