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Happy 10th Birthday SLS!

Celebrating 10 years of Shaping The South

 Skilled Labour Services takes a look back at the journey so far


With 2020 drawing to a close we, like many of you, are looking to 2021 musing what the next year might have in store for us and the construction industry.


One thing we know for sure is that 2021 will be a landmark year for Skilled Labour Services. In fact, 2021 will see us celebrate the exciting milestone of ten years in business, supporting construction across the South through the supply of skilled labour to the industry.

Why reflect on the journey so far?


When you run a business of any kind, you can get so caught up in managing the here and now, or planning for the future, that you forget to look back. Yet looking back gives you the opportunity to acknowledge the great things you have already accomplished.


When we started to plan for the next ten years, reflecting on our journey so far played an important role in ensuring Skilled Labour Services stays true to its founding principles and core values.

Where it all began


Skilled Labour Services was founded in 2011 by owner and Managing Director, Richard Allen.


At this point in his career, Richard had worked in civil engineering for almost 20 years and had hands-on experience of Site and Contract Management for some of the industry’s biggest names. Yet one thing that never ceased to be a challenge was sourcing good quality, skilled labour for the projects he was overseeing.


Spurred on by a passion to fix this age-old problem, Richard took the plunge and set up Skilled Labour Services.


Determined to make a difference Richard and his team, have built a well-deserved reputation as a trusted supplier to the construction industry. Clients know they can rely on Skilled Labour Services to provide a quality workforce that, in turn, means they can deliver high quality projects on time.

Then and Now


Back in the early days, Skilled Labour Services was a two-man team based in a small office in Cosham. As the business, and team grew, we moved to larger premises in Portsmouth before finally moving to our Head Office in The Old Bond Store, Southampton.




Like all growing businesses, it took time for us to become the fully self-sufficient team we are today. Nowadays we have in-house teams to take care of training, marketing, business development and, importantly, maintaining the vital industry accreditations that give you the peace of mind you’re choosing a reputable supplier.


The Skilled Labour Services Difference


“Skilled Labour Services operate solely in the supply and provision of skilled labour for groundworks and civil engineering construction projects.”


This means that when you choose us to supply skilled labour for your groundworks or civil engineering project, you will have access to a tried, tested and proven workforce with extensive experience. What’s more, they are supervised by a management team who are also vastly experienced and know what it really takes to deliver a successful project.

The Skilled Labour Services model means that we are quick to mobilise resources when you need them, providing the transport they need and the relevant skills and qualifications to keep you compliant and reduce risk in your projects.


Because our skilled operatives are able to hit the ground running you save time and money, and can be confident that your project will get up and running smoothly.

How we are using our journey so far to keep on shaping the South


It is a great honour to have worked with some of the industry’s best known contractors on high profile projects that have delivered significant changes across the region.  But reflecting on our past is more than just a great opportunity to celebrate our achievements.


It’s a valuable way to ensure that we continue to deliver excellence and value for clients – current and those to come in the future.


At the heart of Skilled Labour Services is an ethos that means we are dedicated to delivering continuous improvement, quality services and industry-leading solutions for our clients. Our systems and processes go far beyond those used in many other recruitment businesses who simply send people your way and leave you to it.

Are you ready to join our satisfied clients?


If you are ready to find out more about how Skilled Labour Services can solve your staffing challenges, get in touch.



We would be delighted to offer a completely free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more about us and find out, first hand, the extra benefits of choosing Skilled Labour Services for all your groundworks and civil engineering labour needs.


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