Morson International have been awarded a five-year contract with Network Rail to be its prime supplier of contingent labour for several main routes in the UK.
Morson International is the UK’s No.1 rail recruiter and will supply contingent labour to Scotland, LNE & LNW South and LNW North. Morson will also act as a secondary supplier to LNE North.
The contract – worth an overall £100m – is a significant part of Network Rail’s CP5 series of works across the UK. The awards will see a strategic change in the number of suppliers from 57 to 20 with four core suppliers providing 70% of the workforce supported by a number of smaller specialist suppliers.
Ged Mason, CEO of Morson Group, commented: “This is the major contingent labour contract for the UK, and will set the standard across the rail industry.
“There is a core emphasis on health and safety, training, pay and the supply of compliant workers; this has been a primary focus for Morson for the near-four decades we have supplied to the UK rail industry and we fully support this approach, as do our sister companies.”
Nick Elliott, Managing Director National Supply Chain, said:
“These new contracts are all about transforming our contingent labour workforce into a more professional, fairly remunerated and appropriately trained body of people that we are able to call upon when the need arises.
“The new code of conduct for labour will drive better employer behaviours, improve the quality of the supply chain and help ensure that workers are treated fairly.
“We believe that investing in this important resource will deliver significant safety and performance benefits for the railway as a whole.”
The five year contracts are anticipated to start on 1st April 2015.