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So I'm sick of my current employer and went out searching for a new job last week, the same day that I applied for a job, I was asked by a company to come in for an interview, today I get a call offering me the job. It's for almost double what I earn now, however, a large portion of their work is wiring new builds. My background is primarily testing, fault finding along with some install mixed in. Now, I really want to move companies, however, I don't want to join this new firm and then not get on well with it because I'm new to site work.

The reason I don't think I'll get on with it is because site work is obviously a time is money business where lads are smashing out 1st & 2nd fixes on houses in 2 days, and I know I'm not going to be able to match that speed straight out of the gate. Has anybody got any advice on what to do? I.e on whether I should take the job, I.e any tips to get faster at new builds? That sort of thing
 
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My advice ...

Work at your own pace and maintain your standards

New builds are a love hate thing

Some people are happy thrashing out new builds , for some it’s not for them
 

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be sensible, if you are seriously sick of your current employer then leave.
if there is someone offering you double, take it.
worst case is you hate it and want to get out. stick it for 3 months whilst you look for another job.
best case
you love it, the lads are good on site and you are earning twice what you were.
never get stuck in a rut where you feel its a chore to go to work.
we spend so much time at work, you have to enjoy most of it.
 

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I don't know why but i'm expecting Charlie to offer similar advice.
 
I would go for it give it ago keep your standards and your background of testing and fualt finding will definitely help you out and probably some of the other guys who without being disrespectful are going to be lashing jobs in and have some problems during the later stages


You will be A valued asset good luck
 

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I don't know why but i'm expecting Charlie to offer similar advice.
:crystalball:
I would also advise you to have a chat with the new company.
Explain your concerns; you might find that they actually want you on board for your testing experience, to test all their new builds rather than doing the installs..
 

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I would check the wages you have been quoted are not target based. I know a lot of new build employers pay like that, even to those on the books.
 
I would check the wages you have been quoted are not target based. I know a lot of new build employers pay like that, even to those on the books.
Yes worth checking

Last new build flats I did were advertised at’ £200 per day ‘, it was in fact on target earnings of £200 per day. We actually got a fixed price £400 for 1st fix and £400 for 2nd fix per unit (2 bed 2 bath flats)

Going hell for leather 10 hour days it was possible to complete 1st fix in 2 days and likewise 2nd fix ( no testing required )
 

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I would pull a sickie from you’re current employer for a week or two and see if you like it. Look after number 1.
 
I would pull a sickie from you’re current employer for a week or two and see if you like it. Look after number 1.
A friend of mine recently did this from his office job.
Took a week off ‘sick’ but was really having a trial period with a scaffolding company to see if he like it....

He is now a scaffolder
 

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Many years ago, I went to work for a similar company, they were doing empty council house rewires. I could not keep up with their main installer sparks, primarily as they were both nearly 7 feet tall and didn't need steps!

However, it all worked out well in the end, as my job was to follow them up and put right their mistakes.

Also met other sparks, that had worked in other places and for different companies, which eventually broaden my horizons.
 
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