Britain’s largest infrastructure project in a generation has offered the employment market a boost with the announcement of hundreds of new jobs as part of a recruitment drive.
The roles, announced by HS2 Ltd, are across a wide range of disciplines in both rail and construction, including project management, engineering, procurement, commercial and land & property.
The new roles, which number in excess of 300, will be based in Birmingham, and once recruited they will take the number of jobs created by the project to over 10,000.
At peak construction, HS2 will support more than 30,000 jobs with at least 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities created.
HS2 has already planned to more than double the number of graduates it recruits this year following the impact of the coronavirus crisis on youth employment prospects.
The UK government made clear earlier this year that HS2 will play a key part in their strategy to grow economic activity in regions outside of London and deliver a greener, more modern transport link for the nation.
Morson’s construction director Rhys Harris said:
“HS2 is definitely a big plus in the rail, civil infrastructure and construction sectors. The influx of new roles across design and construction is certainly a great tonic for our industry and helps to offer some stability to the market in the present climate. At Morson, we are proud to be supporting this project and its partners"
HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson, said:
“These jobs are a welcome boost for workers across the country at this challenging time. We continue to work with the transport and construction industry to accelerate projects, where safely possible, to kickstart our economy, provide more employment opportunities and drive our recovery as we build out of Covid-19.”
CEO of HS2 Ltd, Mark Thurston, said:
“With many people facing uncertain job security and worried about future prospects in the current crisis, I hope this will be welcome news for anyone seeking a long-term and rewarding career with a company that places health, safety, equality and diversity at the very top of its priority list. As part of the HS2 team you’ll be shaping British history; transforming our Victorian railways and supporting the regeneration and economic prosperity of towns and cities right along the route.”