From the Most In Demand Roles to Record Breaking Bridges | The Construction Industry Under the Spotlight

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by Rhys Harris on

The construction industry is currently one of the most exciting sectors to work in with an appetite for new technologies, investment and challenging the status quo.

Now in the UK, several major construction projects are taking place that will not only improve the lives of millions of people but also create tens of thousands of construction jobs.

We take a look at what’s happening in the industry right now… 

In July there were 64 tower cranes in the skyline of Manchester City Centre. A record for the city. This is more evidence that the construction sector is booming and so the war on talent continues.

It’s becoming increasingly important to promote your employer value proposition and make sure that you’re broadcasting the right messages to the market. These are our unique selling points over our competitors.

We work with our clients very closely and assist them with building and promoting their EVP, focusing on the key differentiators.

If you would like some help in this area, please feel free to get in touch with me here at Morson HQ”

       – Rhys Harris, Head of Engineering, Process and Construction at Morson International (Rhys.Harris@morson.com )


In the news…
 

Construction firms are prioritising mental health

According to the latest statistics, the construction industry is one of the most acute industries for mental ill health. It is reported that men in the building industry are three times more likely to take their own lives than men on average.

Construction companies are now taking additional measures to try to tackle poor mental health head on such as inviting the help of mental health charities, encouraging employees to talk, nominating mental health first aiders and much more.
 

Crossrail appoints new CEO

Crossrail recently announced the appointment of Mark Wild as the new chief executive as the project enters its final stages including the trial running and the opening of the central section. Wild has served as London Underground MD since 2016 and will return to his post once the Elizabeth line has opened.
 

World's longest sea-crossing bridge opens

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, an astonishing nine years after construction of the bridge first began. Costing around $20bn, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai. It’s been built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons using 400,000 tonnes of steel, that’s enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers!

In Parliament…

The recently announced Autumn Budget revealed significant investment into the UK’s infrastructure and construction industry as the Government announced that "investing in the roads, railways, research and digital infrastructure that will power this country in the 21st Century" is high on their agenda. 

Here are some highlights:
 

  • Councils in England will be given an additional £150 million to improve traffic hotspots, such as road junctions and roundabouts over two years from 2021.
  • Highways England will receive £28.8 billion for a ‘National Roads Fund’ to help fund new roads and maintain the existing network.
  • £500 million will be invested in the Housing Infrastructure Fund, which should help unlock 650,000 more homes. The fund now stands at £5.5bn.
  • Nine new partnerships with housing associations in England will enable the UK to deliver 13,000 new homes.
  • Further to the business rate relief for smaller retailers, a £675 million ‘Future High Streets Fund’ has been promised to revamp the high street and redevelop unused areas.

     
At Morson…

At the heart of delivering the major construction projects taking place throughout the UK is training and recruitment. Morson’s experience in building, infrastructure and construction is vast; we have provided some of the best construction jobs in the market for almost 50 years. In this time we have developed our capabilities within the building, construction & infrastructure market to adapt to fast-paced projects on a global scale.

We are currently working heavily with some of the biggest construction and civil infrastructure contractors in the UK. Morson are proud to be the managed service partner for Sir Robert 

McAlpine and Murphy Group across all of their white-collar roles, so we have a wealth of exciting roles from project managers, quantity surveyors, senior engineers, setting out engineers to planning engineers. 

Main skillsets in demand

Right now, some of the main skillsets we’re requiring are:

  • Site management operatives – PTS / Non-PTS
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Commercial roles
  • Design Managers
  • Planners
  • Architects
  • CAD

If you’re interested in finding out more about the opportunities available with Morson, browse our current vacancies here.


Cx Jobs

Principal Design Engineer

Managing, organising, and ensuring efficient execution of design and support projects for the repair, development and use of Babcock products, throughout their lifecycle. Acting as delegated Design Authority for engineering aspects of Babcock Integrated Technology Design Services products in accordance with Company Procedures and Processes. Principal Tasks and Responsibilities Post Holders principle tasks and responsibilities are: Design Function * Managing design work in appropriate engineering disciplines. * Executing duties in accordance with Company procedures for training, health and safety, personnel, quality and project requirements. * Reviewing existing Company procedures and Project controls and identify new controls to provide improved quality assurance, and improved cost against deliverables. * Acting as Design Authority for engineering aspects of Babcock products. * Authorising design documentation as required. * Chairmanship of Design Reviews (of appropriate Categorisation) to identify best technical solution to fulfil Project objectives. * Representing Group and/or Department as required. * Managing design projects in accordance with Company Procedures. * Managing work to time, cost and quality. * Providing professional engineering support to surface ship, submarine, commercial and equipment projects. * Providing business development support across Babcock Design & Technology. * Performance and management of system requirements, concept design and modelling. * Ability to manage a team to interpret a design requirement and create a design solution. * Acting as Independent Technical Assessor and performing Inter Department Checks, Concession Analysis, and the like. * Preparation of Project and Department Plans and Tracking and Forecasting, Assistance in Preparation of Bids in related subjects, * Recruitment and Management of staff at all appropriate levels. * To behave at all times in a manner commensurate with that of a professional engineer. * Manage staff as required in accordance with company and HR policies and procedures. Bidding * Managing design teams involved in the preparation of technical aspects commercial tenders. * Managing preparation of Technical Reviews in support of tender responses requiring design input. Project * Acting as Design Manager responsible to Project Manager for Projects. * Management of technical aspects of selecting sub-contractors and/or suppliers. * Management of technical aspects of work carried out by sub-contractors and/or suppliers. * Liaising with Project to resolve Project issues. * Liaising with Production to resolve manufacturing problems. Business * To actively seek and win work for the appropriate Discipline. Interfacing Responsibilities * Business Stream Directors and their Business Development Managers providing SQEP resource where possible. * Appropriate Project Managers: for budgets, timescale and priorities. * Design subcontractors: to ensure compliance with the Design Intent. * Project and Production Teams: to resolve technical queries. * Directly responsible to other PDEs or the Senior Operations Manager Authority Post Holder is authorised to: * Manage the preparation, checking and authorising of design documentation. * Represent the Babcock Design Authority when requested to do so. Qualifications and Experience Requirements Academic: It is preferable that the post-holder has a minimum of a second class honours degree or comparable academic standard, in an appropriate discipline and should hold Chartered Engineer status via an appropriate Institution. However, personnel with extensive and relevant experience may be considered suitable. Experience: Demonstrable evidence of having worked in the field of the appropriate Discipline design, analysis and technical management at an appropriate level.

Industrial Manufacturing Engineer

Our Bolton Client has a requirement for a Industrial Manufacturing Engineer to undertake the below contract role. Role responsibilities Manage the performance of the supply base to ensure that they deliver product to time, quality and cost. * Support the Industrial Manager in the implementation of the Industrial Validation Plans within the Supply Base to ensure that robust and comprehensive technical and manufacturing solutions are available * Carry out Product Assessments to ensure that the industrial requirements are met and producibility objectives are achieved * Support the Industrial Manager in production readiness reviews within the supply base ensuring appropriate levels of manufacturing, inspection and test readiness. where gaps are identified ensure that the appropriate improvement plans are put into place o Initiate product containment action planning as appropriate * Ensure that during the product development phase, non-conformances are managed to closure with effective remedial and corrective actions, for commodity suppliers only. During the production phase, non-conformances are managed to closure with effective remedial and corrective actions for MEP and commodity suppliers * Support to the manufacturing integrated production teams and defect review boards or project meetings, taking responsibility for the timely resolution of any supplier issues associated with programme, quality and cost * Responsible for the setting of the goods inwards inspection criteria in sap using the inspection planning and inspection methods functionality * Responsible for undertaking product verification activity at the supplier prior to product delivery in accordance with the needs of the project (i.e the industrial manager & product assurance manager) * Responsible for ensuring product specific manufacturing system delivery requirements are met by suppliers and any corrective actions are in place * Interface management with ISP (Industrial Policy, Global Supply Chain & Procurement), Programmes Quality, Operations Quality and Design Role requirements (skills, training and qualifications) * Ideally qualified to HNC, HND or equivalent, plus substantial relevant experience * In depth knowledge of manufacturing processes * A good level of understanding of machining processes * A good understanding of Project Management and Supply Chain principles, practices and processes * Can define, re-engineer and review processes * Good commercial and financial understanding * Negotiating and influencing skills * Good communication skills able to communicate verbally and in writing Due to the impending IR35 changes this role will be PAYE or Umbrella

Rail Apprenticeship - London

RAIL APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES NOW AVAILABLELondon (Canning Town area) Are you looking a career in Rail Engineering ?Live near Canning Town, London ?Do you have GCSE Grades between 3-9 (D or above) in Maths & English ? Earn while you learn (starting on standard national apprenticeship wage).Onsite learning of various elements of the UK rail infrastructure.The chance to be part of an ever growing industry and gaining skills that can set you up for life enhance your future employment and earning potential.Work towards a nationally recognised qualification.Working for 30 hours per week for 12-18 months (under the Apprenticeship)To apply, send your CV (and include copies of your Maths & English qualifications where appropriate)

Assembly Operator

We are currently recruiting for Production colleagues to join our client's world class facility in West Yorkshire on a permanent basis. The successful candidate will be working Monday to Fridays with no weekend work involved. Full training will be provided and this role could particularly suit someone with a keen interest in DIY, looking to work in a professional environment with a stable, reputable company. This is a unique opportunity to join a business where you will learn and develop new skills in modern methods of construction, whilst having lots of opportunity for career progression. Duties Include:- Working with power tools / basic hand tools- Taping / joining units- Assembly tasks- General housekeeping Skills Required: - Minimum 1 year DIY or Labouring skills- Ability to work well as part of a Team- Strong work ethic Please note the consultant looking after this position is Tahanee Twist

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