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RECRUITMENT TRENDS 2018 | Morson's Head of Professional Services, Ben Fitzgerald, and Talent Acquisition Partner, Kirsty Wilson, give us the lowdown on this years recruitment trends...


Morson have been matching the best candidates with the best jobs for nearly 50 years, giving us unparalleled experience when it comes to giving great career advice. 

Whether you are actively looking for an opportunity, wanting to push yourself to the next level or are just starting out on your career journey, Morson recruitment teams are on hand to support you through your job search.

Check out our selection of career top tips below, visit our YouTube channel for career advice from our experts or get in touch for help from a specialist. 

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    Our Christmas Job Hunt Playlist

    It’s nearly Christmas, we’re starting to wind down, it’s no time for a job hunt right? Wrong! Get ahead of the competition and start your search for a new career before the new year. Need motivation? Here’s our Christmas job hunt playlist, guaranteed to motivate you and keep your Christmas spirit high throughout your recruitment journey this festive season… 1. Motivation Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year to get your job search on track. Many people overlook December as an opportunity to further their career, preferring to concentrate on the festivities and leave job searching until the new year. However, believe in yourself, if ‘all you want for Christmas is’ that perfect job tis’ the season to capitalise on less competition and get applying. 2. Update your CV Mr Clause makes a point of making a list and checking it twice. Like Santa, you can’t afford to make mistakes so ensure your CV is up-to-date. There’s no point sending one which isn’t representative of your current skills or abilities and contains grammatical errors – all of which put off potential employers. 3. Search and apply for jobs I know you’re thinking, please ‘let it snow’, anything to avoid the job applying process. But it’s time to face unafraid, the plans that we’ve made and start to click send on those applications – get the ball rolling. From the wise words of the Backstreet Boys… ‘I’ve been away too long, but now I’m back’. 4. Interview “Hallelujah” you have an interview! Now before you start panicking, try and remember it’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid, don’t let those interview nerves get the better of you. The main things are preparation and positivity – it’s all good experience in the long run. For more advice, check out our top interview tips > 5. Feedback It’s good news. You’re now walking in the air. Well done to you, you deserve it. There’s no reason why you can’t have yourself a merry little Christmas and let the festivities begin. It’s bad news. Thinking it’ll be a blue Christmas? Well, let it go and put it behind you. You did you’re best and it’s all good experience for future interviews. Try and get feedback to know where you might have gone wrong. But, most importantly, don’t forget there’s always tomorrow, for dreams to come true, tomorrow is not far away. Don’t give up yet, it will happen for you. If you think you’re ready for a career change this festive season, search the opportunities at Morson today.

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    Christmas Office Etiquette as Told by our Favourite TV Shows

    To ensure a happy and productive work environment, it’s essential to follow the unwritten rules of Christmas office etiquette. Doing the opposite can be bad for business (and Christmas spirit). Here are a few reminders of what to do and not do in the office this festive season from some of our favourite shows: 1. Don’t eat someone else’s food. ‘That festive sandwich was the only good thing going on in my life’ – Ross Geller, Friends It’s not big, it’s not clever. Colleagues eating other people’s food is the UK’s no.1 office bugbear, guaranteed to foster sour grapes and tense atmospheres. Ross’s reaction is perfectly understandable, especially when we find out that it’s his boss who ate his sandwich. No matter your seniority, if it’s labelled don’t eat it. To add insult to injury, he threw half of it in the bin, moist maker and all! Argh! The injustice! ​ 2. Do keep secret Santa … a secret ‘So Phyliss is basically saying, hey Michael, I only care about you a homemade oven mitt’s worth … I gave Ryan an iPod’ – Michael Scott, The US Office Ranking high on the list of terrible workplace ideas if office secret Santa. It’s the time of the year where colleagues awkwardly give and receive gifts they don’t like from people they barely know. As shown by Michael Scott, secret Santa gifts are well-intentioned but the odds of a recipient actually liking, needing or not being mildly offended by the gift are slim. Your workplace secret Santa won’t be a dramatic as a sit-com but hey, avoid the awkwardness and keep it quiet. 3. Don’t force Christmas on your co-workers ‘Every year I give Leslie the same Christmas gift I give everyone, a crisp $20 bill. And every year she gives me something thoughtful and personal. It makes me furious’ – Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation ​ Like Ron Swanson, not everyone is a Christmas fan. By forcing festivities on those who don’t want to get involved you can inadvertently alienate people. Keep in mind that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and even those who do might not celebrate them in the same ways. Don’t push people to celebrate in ways they’re not comfortable with. 4. Do remember those who work over Christmas ‘Statistically Christmas Eve is one of the worst nights to be on call’ – JD, Scrubs All over the world, people work over the festive period. In the UK alone 900,000 people work on Christmas Day, a jump of 5 per cent over the past three years. From emergency response workers to chefs and vicars to railway engineers, take time to appreciate and reflect on those who keep the country running over the festive period. Bosses, co-workers and HR representatives, what’s your experience with Christmas office etiquette offenders? Let us know on Twitter @Morsongroup with the hashtag #XmasOfficeEtiquette.

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    Christmas Quiz – Which Character Are You?

    Are you a leader like Santa, an inventor like Kevin McAlister or a go-getter like John McClane? Take the quiz to discover your Christmas personality type and your perfect job type. There’s Buddy The Elf, Jack Frost, John McLane, Kevin McAlister and Santa Claus. Tweet us @MorsonGroup to let us know which character you are #HolidayHub … ​

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    How to become an... Electrical Engineer

    There is a high demand for electrical engineering jobs in the UK, thanks to a variety of projects planned around the country, as well as steady investment. Keep reading to find out more about the skills you’ll need and to find out if a career as an electrical engineer is the right fit for you. RATES £20-60k dependent on experience HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS NVQ, City & Guilds What do electrical engineering jobs involve? As an electrical engineer, you’ll be responsible for designing, developing, controlling and maintaining electrical systems, machinery and components. Your work will focus on ensuring a consistently high level of quality, safety and reliability across all systems and components. The electrical equipment you work with can be used across many sectors, giving you a good selection of different career routes. Your daily responsibilities will vary depending on your employer and industry, but can include creating project plans and circuit diagrams using computer software, designing systems and products, estimating costs and timeframes, testing installations, ensuring safety regulations are met, and more. What is an electrical engineer’s salary? Salaries can vary from employer to employer, as well as in different locations or sectors. However, you can expect to earn a starting salary of between £20,000 and £25,000 per year. As you progress through your career and gain more experience, this could increase to up to £40,000. More senior electrical engineers, especially those who have achieved chartered status, can earn up to £60,000 per year. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? In electrical engineering jobs, you’ll need to possess excellent maths, science and IT skills. You’ll need a keen eye for detail and the ability to create and understand complex, technical diagrams. It’s important that you have both commercial and technical knowledge, and an enthusiasm to keep your knowledge up-to-date. Planning, organisational and time management skills are also key, as is the ability to work confidently both on your own and as part of a team. What qualifications do I need? To become an electrical engineer, you’ll usually need to complete a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree. While it is your best option to complete a degree in electrical or electronic engineering, entry may still be possible with other related engineering degrees, including: Aeronautical Engineering Building Services Engineering Communications Engineering Computing and Software Engineering Mechanical Engineering Production Engineering Physics and Applied Physics Some organisations will offer graduate trainee schemes, which can be a good route into the industry, although they are usually highly competitive. A postgraduate degree isn’t necessary to gain employment but can help with career progression, as can gaining incorporated or chartered engineer status. Finally, if you’re going to be spending time on a construction site, you may need to apply for a relevant Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. What are the hours and conditions? Electrical engineers usually work between 37 and 40 hours per week, although some overtime may be required to meet deadlines, as and when projects dictate. Some roles may offer flexible working arrangements, while others will fall more in line with the traditional Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. Depending on the employer and project, you could spend your days in a number of locations, such as an office, workshop, production plant, construction site or research facility. This means travel within your working day is a common occurrence. Career progression With the right training and experience, there are opportunities to progress in your career. Many people will choose to move into general management or project management roles, while others will opt to go into consultancy. Achieving chartered status and gaining membership to a relevant professional body are seen as essential steps in successful career progression. Areas of specialism There are a number of areas you can choose to specialise in, from power and renewable energy to transport and manufacturing. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    How to become a … Groundworker

    There are ample opportunities in the UK construction industry for groundworkers to get involved in projects of all shapes and sizes. Read on to find out more about the skills you’ll need and discover whether groundworker jobs are the right fit for you. RATES £15-29 dependent on experience HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS NVQ, City & Guilds, CPCS What do groundworker jobs involve? Groundworkers play a vital role in any construction project, preparing the site prior to the actual building work commencing. You’ll usually be the first and last person on site. Before work can begin you’ll help with clearing the site, digging trenches for foundation and any necessary drainage and other pipework. You’ll also be involved in creating roads, driveways and paths using tarmac or concrete slabs. You can find yourself working on any number of different projects, from housing and hotels to government buildings, power stations and railway lines. What is a groundworker’s salary? A groundworker’s salary can vary, depending on the location, project and employer you’re working for. You can expect a starting salary of around £15,000 per year, rising to between £16,000 and £21,000 as you gain more experience. The most experienced groundworkers can often make up to £29,000 per year, while self-employed workers have the opportunity to set their own rates. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? You’ll need decent maths and arithmetic skills to work out measurements, angles and quantities and to minimise wasted materials. You’ll need to have good self-awareness of the environment around you and the potential dangers and be confident and decisive in your work. Groundworker jobs are physically demanding, so having a high level of physical fitness is important. You’ll also need to have good communication skills and the ability to work equally efficiently on your own or as part of a larger team. What qualifications do I need? There are a number of different routes you can take if you’re interested in a career as a groundworker. Some people choose to prove their experience through time served with existing contractors and construction companies, or by completing an apprenticeship. Alternatively, you can complete a college course in groundwork, such as an NVQ (level 1 or 2) or City and Guilds 6709. You’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card if you’re going to be working on a building site. In addition to this, you may need a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card if you’re going to be involved in plant operations. Operator cards document recognised skills, competence and qualifications, with different codes covering different classes of machinery. Some of the most common classifications are listed below: Crawler crane CPCS Code A02 Tower crane CPCS Code A04 Ride on Road Roller CPCS Code A36 Excavator 360 degree tracked CPCS Code A59 Crane supervisor CPCS Code A62 Ride on Road Roller CPCS Code A31 Plant and Vehicle Marshaller CPCS Code A73 What are the hours and conditions? You’ll usually work a 39-hour week, Monday to Friday. As with most on-site work, your day will often start at dawn. You’ll sometimes be required to work overtime at evenings and weekends to meet deadlines, as and when the project requires it. These additional hours and overtime pay give you the opportunity to boost your salary. Groundworkers often operate in hot, noisy and dusty conditions, with some exposure to hazardous fumes. The majority of your work will take place outdoors, so be prepared to face all varieties of weather conditions. The work can be potentially hazardous, so strict adherence to safety procedures and regulations is essential. You’ll also require safety equipment such as overalls, safety goggles, hard hats, ear protection, safety boots and hi-vis clothing. Career progression As you gain more experience, there are opportunities for progression in your career. Some people will opt to specialise in a specific construction trade, while others will look to move into site supervision, estimating or construction management roles. Areas of specialism With the right training and experience, groundworkers can go on to specialise in a number of different areas. You could look to become a civil engineering technician or highways maintenance operative. Or if you have a knack for heavy machinery, you could look to move into plant operations. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Balfour Beatty's Amanda McKay Talks LGBT Diversity in Engineering

    We sat down to talk to Major Projects Quality Director at Balfour Beatty, Amanda McKay, to discuss her varied career and the challenges she faces as a transgender woman. Amanda started her career with a passion for geology and after securing her degree she worked as a mining engineer. Her career trajectory took a turn as she then spent 15 years in the army serving in Northern Ireland and Iraq, followed by 22 years as a special constable. Years of wide and varied experience led back to her engineering roots and with Balfour Beatty she now specialises in nuclear new build developments. As Major Projects Quality Director she leads a team of engineers, working on some of the most innovative projects in the UK such as Hinkley Point C. Speaking about her decision to find the courage to become Amanda 5 years ago, we discussed the barriers she experienced with regards to job opportunities and her career prospects: “One of my biggest fears was that in transitioning I would basically put myself off the job market and my career would either stagnate or end.” Amanda discussed how she was faced with ‘a glass ceiling’ in her previous role, not only because she was transgender but because she was female. Attracting a more diverse employee demographic has become a major priority for many organisations, particularly those in traditionally male-dominated sectors such as engineering, nuclear, IT and construction. But the drive to improve gender balance has to go beyond lip service or diversity targets; it must be embedded in a company’s employment culture. She describes how she was unfairly confronted with rejected applications for many roles in the construction industry, even though she had unquestionable experience and dedication to her profession. I had a CV which I'd never failed to get at least an interview with. 20 jobs I've applied for in my life and I've got 15 of them, which I think is a pretty good strike rate. All of a sudden my CV didn't open doors. Interviews were more of a curiosity pitch and that was really really challenging. All of a sudden she was faced with a CV that instead of opening doors, unfortunately, had the opposite effect. That was until she decided to make the move and join Balfour Beatty. She explains: “On joining Balfour Beatty, I found they had a completely different attitude, they recruited me because of my skill set and for what I brought to the company.” We asked Amanda, what does inclusivity mean to you? “Really what it means is that everybody has a say, everybody is treated equally in an organisation and it doesn’t matter who they are or where they come from or how they identify, they are part of the team.” Looking forward, Amanda has a range of career ambitions and she talks to us about the opportunities that HS2 and Hinkley Point C will bring: Most of my work at the moment is around nuclear new-build of which there's really only one project in the UK (Hinkley Point C). If it gains a little bit more traction and the other projects start then I see myself as leading a larger team doing what I'm doing now probably on multiple new build projects. If it doesn't, I think we'll be moving back towards our core work around decommissioning nuclear projects. But I also now look after Balfour Beatty tunneling projects and our HS2 work as well, so I've got a number of strands not just doing nuclear as I did when I started with Balfour Beatty. HS2 will be an interesting project as will some of the tunnelling one. We're working on the Thames Tideway project in London which is currently a television show on BBC Two about the early years that's been challenging but very interesting. Morson is committed to creating a truly inclusive environment for all employees, clients and candidates. We’ve already signed the ‘Inclusive Culture Pledge’ developed by diversity consultancy, EW Group, to help companies of all kinds to focus on areas of their business that will help them create a stronger working environment where diversity and inclusivity are prioritised and empowered. The move is designed to help us continue to implement the positive continuous change needed to achieve our goal of doubling the number of female contractors we hire by 2020. Gender diversity in the workplace has come a long way since the era of the typing pool and the all-male boardroom but there’s still a long way to go. Even just starting conversations surrounding diversity in the workplace can go a long way into implementing the real change that is required. At Morson, we’re clearly focused on making that positive change happen, for our own business and our clients. Watch the full video to find out more about Amanda’s inspirational journey and her thoughts on diversity in the workplace. To get #MoreFromMorson including our latest updates, blogs and news follow @MorsonGroup on Twitter.

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    Top Tips for Starting a New Job | #YouGotTheJob

    Following on from our Back to Basics series where we shared our top tips from interview prepping to how to write a cover letter, we decided the advice shouldn’t just stop when you’ve secured that all important new role. So we are now going to be sharing some blogs around what to expect and what do to when you’ve got the job. If you’ve just started your job search you can check our back to basics blogs here. First up, our top tips on how to prepare for your first day in a new role: PLAN YOUR COMMUTE With more work commuters than ever before, it is almost guaranteed that whether you’re getting the train, tram, driving or cycling, you will hit some sort of traffic on your way. Make sure you plan for this and you know the hot spots for where you potentially could get stuck. The last thing you want is to be late on your first day at a new job. PREPARE ANY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS We’re firm believers that when you’re stressed, organisation is your best friend. On your first day, you may need to take in documents such as your passport, work permit, medical questionnaire etc. If so, you want to make sure that all of the paperwork is completed and in your bag ready to hand over the next day. ​ COLLATE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND IDENTIFY QUICK WINS One thing that is sure to impress your boss is if you’re well prepared on your first day. It’s often said that once you’ve secured a role you’ve passed the hard part, although those interviews are vital to securing a role, you still need to make sure you’re always on the ball if you want to do well and develop. You want to make the best first impression possible so think of some ideas or propose some tasks you would like to do in the next few months to show you’re fully engaged. GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP Between the excitement and nerves, it’s understandable that you might not get the best night’s sleep the day before you start a new job. But it’s important that you at least try! Put away your notes and relax away from your phone for a couple of hours before bed. Go to bed at a decent time with your alarm set for the morning and fingers crossed you’ll be out for the count ready for the exciting day ahead. MAKE INTRODUCTIONS It’s likely that your manager will introduce you to all of the relevant people you need to know, but to get a good feel for a company it’s a good idea to make your own connections. This especially applies if you work in a role such a project management or HR where you have to liaise with different people from different teams around the business. But most of all, it’s nice to make friends and get to know people! DIVE STRAIGHT IN Settling into a new way of working with new processes and systems can be daunting but your manager and colleagues will understand that too. Everyone has been in the same situation that you are in so the best advice you could get would be to drive straight into the work you’ve been given and handle the tough jobs first. You’ve got this! Overall the most important thing to remember is to be yourself and enjoy it, this is the start of a new and exciting opportunity! Still looking for that perfect role? To find your next opportunity with Morson click here to search our latest jobs or find out more about our recruitment services.

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    How to become a... Project Manager

    There are fantastic project manager jobs available in the UK, with the chance to work on exciting projects in a variety of different sectors. Keep reading to find out more about the skills you’ll need to enter this field and to discover if a career as a project manager is the right fit for you. RATES £20-80k dependent on experience HOTSPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS Undergraduate Degree What do project manager jobs involve? Project managers take on the responsibility for ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget, as well as ensuring all key objectives are met. In this role, you’ll be in charge of planning and overseeing all aspects of a project, leading by example and being seen as the main point of contact for key stakeholders. The role is a varied one, with the opportunity to work in a wide range of different sectors, including: Construction Engineering Architecture Marketing IT Manufacturing Public Sector The nature of project manager jobs mean that your day-to-day duties will vary, depending on the industry, organisation and project you’re working on. However, common activities include creating detailed project plans, working out budgets and resources, monitoring and tracking a project’s progress, carrying out risk assessments, recruiting and overseeing specialists and sub-contractors, evaluating results and more. What is a project manager’s salary? The salary you’ll earn as a project manager can vary considerably according to the industry you’re in, as well as the organisation and location. In an entry-level position, you can expect to earn anywhere between £20,000 and £35,000 per year. As you progress and gain more experience, this figure can rise to between £40,000 and £80,000 per year, depending on the industry. If you decide to go into business for yourself as a freelance contractor, you can set your own rate, with averages falling between £300 and £500 per day. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? To be a successful project manager you’ll need a good understanding of the industry you’ve chosen to work in, whether that’s construction, engineering, marketing or any other discipline. However, there are a number of key skills that are important for all project managers, regardless of sector. First and foremost, excellent organisational and time-management skills are key, as is the ability to multi-task and perform well under pressure. You’ll need good communication and interpersonal skills in order to motive your team and manage the expectations of senior management and other stakeholders. A good grasp of maths and some financial expertise is also important, as you’ll need to be able to create and manage budgets. What qualifications do I need? It’s possible to begin a career in project management with an undergraduate degree in any subject. However, certain subjects, especially those focused on business or management, will give you a head start by providing you with an understanding of the commercial elements of projects. If you complete an undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject, you can always opt to complete a postgraduate course in project management afterwards. Many large organisations offer graduate schemes, allowing you to gain vital industry experience, often while completing further training and qualifications. What are the hours and conditions? You can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, this may vary in certain sectors. You may also be required to work additional hours during evenings and weekends to meet deadlines, as and when deadlines dictate. If you’re a freelancer, you can set your own hours. Your working environment will vary depending on your sector. You could find yourself spending most of your time in an office, or alternatively could spend a good deal of time based on construction sites or manufacturing plants. Career progression If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there are numerous opportunities for progression throughout your career. To help you move up the career level, you may want to look into gaining a professional qualification through organisations such as the Association for Project Management (APM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Project Management Institute (PMI). You’ll develop a number of transferable skills in your career as well, meaning you can choose to move into a different sector if you so wish. Areas of specialism As previously mentioned, there is a demand for project managers in a wide range of different industries, giving lots of opportunities for specialism. Rather than move from one sector to another, many project managers will choose to specialise in one, working to grow their knowledge in that specific field. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Our Guide to Living and Working in Manchester | #MoreToMorson

    Known as the northern powerhouse of England, Manchester is popular for its diverse culture, world-class football, less than ideal weather, legendary music scene and energetic nightlife. The city is attractive to people looking for a day trip, a night out, a holiday and even a job. With employment on the rise, outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest employment hubs to work in with the likes of Media City attracting big names such as the BBC and Manchester Science Park home to over 120 innovative businesses. So if you’re left wondering what it’s like to live in the second biggest city in England, then read on for our guide to living and working in Manchester: Living in Manchester Culture Transport Accommodation Things to do in Manchester Working in Manchester Key industries Top employers Living in Manchester Culture Whether you’re into art galleries or visiting old warehouses that have been converted into coffee shops, Manchester is the place to be for culture and adventure. You cannot say the word Manchester without thinking football so one thing that should be on the top of your list is a visit to the stadiums (red, blue or even both!) and the National Football Museum. There’s also a number of excellent theatres including the famous Lowry Theatre and art gallery which is definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for something educational, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking from Manchester’s best museums which include the Imperial War Museum North, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the People’s History Museum. Transport Thankfully Manchester is a relatively compact city with excellent transport links. The tram network is currently under construction following the approved expansion of the line which will dramatically improve the infrastructure of the city even more. Along with an excellent road network, Manchester has an excellent system of cycle lanes around the city so if you’re feeling (or wanting to get) fit, you can take to the wheels. There are two mainline railway stations in the centre and a world-class airport just a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation When moving to a new area people tend to rent first so they can make sure it is the right place for them. With the expansion of the city, there are new apartments available to rent being built in almost every direction. If you’re relocating with your family you may want to consider a move to the suburbs of the city where you will find plenty of houses and flats to buy or rent. However, families are now more than ever choosing to live in cities due to the number of high-quality apartments being built and improved services out there to support family life. As Manchester is home to a large number of students and professionals who have moved to the area to pursue their careers, flat sharing is very common in the city. There are a number of estate agents that specialise in putting like-minded individuals in contact to be able to secure a home together and therefore split rent and bills to make it more affordable for both parties. Things to do in Manchester Manchester is home to a vast retail scene both in the city centre and surrounding areas. The likes of Harrods, Selfridges and many other well-established brands are all grouped together around the city’s shopping centre, the Arndale. If you are after something a little different, the collection of small independent stores based in the Northern Quarter such as Affleck’s Palace is the place to be – a vintage lover’s paradise! Manchester is home to the Trafford Centre, one of the biggest and most popular shopping centres in the country where other activities such as Lego Land, the Sea Life Centre and Chill Factore are based. If you are more of an outdoors person, you can venture out into Manchester’s suburbs and visit one of the cities vast parks such as Haigh Hall and Heaton Park. The Peak District is less than an hour’s drive away from Manchester so it’s great for a day out in the countryside. Working in Manchester The Manchester city region offers a high-quality workforce of 7.2 million people within an hour’s commute of the city centre. It’s an attractive location for people from surrounding areas to work due to increased progression opportunities and pay. Manchester’s key industries Manchester has a strong history in the manufacturing sector which has played a big part in developing the city in the past. However, since its expansion, other specialisms such as ICT, Construction, Financial, Creative and Digital industries have become increasingly influential. Today, Manchester has been recognised by the UK government as one of the six “science cities” across the country. It is fast becoming a key city for not only research and development but also for innovation and academic excellence. Top employers in Manchester With four universities on its doorstep, Manchester is home to some of the best young talent in the country. Having previously ranked the third best student city in the UK, it’s no surprise why a number of top employers have set up camp in this vibrant part of the country. Some employers based in Manchester to note are Costain, the Manchester Airport Group, the BBC, the Co-Operative Group, Kellogg’s, Thomas Cook, Adidas and JD Sports. Does this sound like the place you want to be? Why not check out our latest jobs in Manchester and begin the process of making the big move.

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    Technology Makes Manufacturing Work | How Industry 4.0 is Transforming the Manufacturing Workforce

    Technology is driving radical change in the manufacturing industry. The complex manufacturing process is underpinned by pioneering innovation and technology such as driverless cars, self-ordering kiosks and machine learning, to name a few. Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the ‘smart factory’ or dubbed the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, will bring computing and automation much closer together as cyber systems monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralised decisions based on what it learns. We take a look at the effect that the digital industrial technologies will have on employees working in the industry: SKILLS SHORTAGE The development of new technologies is shaping a new age of workplace skills in the manufacturing sector. Industry 4.0 is skill-intensive and demands the workers to have a variety of skills to perform the jobs in question. Instead of needing the employees which have skills to do the job itself, we now need employees to have the skills to operate the 3D printers, the robots and intelligent systems. According to research from Deloitte, there will be 3.5 million job openings in manufacturing over the next decade but only enough skilled labour to fill less than half of them. FIVE TECHNOLOGIES TRANSFORMING MANUFACTURING We take a closer look at six technologies that are transforming the industry: Augmented reality Augmented-reality-based systems are becoming more popular in a world where everything is online. These services can support a range of actions such as assisting with the maintenance of manufacturing equipment by allowing users to confirm inspections on an AE display and enter results using their voice. Related jobs: Augmented Reality Developer, Augmented Reality Research Engineer. Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent experience Analytics The recording and analysis of data is an important part of Industry 4.0 and will become standard to support strategic decision making. Within the manufacturing industry, data can be used to identify factors that are most critical for improving performance or that need improvement. Related jobs: Data Processor, Insight Analyst, BI Developer, Data Scientist. Qualifications: Degree or PhD qualified in either mathematics, computer science, physics, mechanical or electrical engineering or a similar analytical field. The Cloud Secure, reliable communications, as well as sophisticated identity and access management of machines and users, are essential. Engineers that are experts in cloud technology and that are able to design reliable and innovative solutions are in high demand. Related jobs: Cloud Architect, Cloud Pre-Sales / Solution Architect. Qualifications: Relevant degree and/or experience within the field. Simulation Simulation will be used for testing, training, observation and many other aspects of the manufacturing process. It will enable engineers to mirror real-world actions in a virtual world under a controlled environment. Related jobs: Mechanical Simulation Engineer, Modelling Engineer, Professional Application Engineer. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a related field. Autonomous Robots Whilst many companies already actively use robots in their manufacturing processes, the development of autonomous robots will interact with one another and have a greater range of capabilities to free up human time.​ Related jobs: Robotics Engineer, Test Development Engineer, Robotics Research Engineer. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline such as Electrical Engineering or Industrial Technology. ATTRACTING TOP TALENT INTO MANUFACTURING Although upskilling the current workforce to fill the skills-gap is one very viable option, companies are now being forced to look closer at the tactics that they are using to attract young talent into this industry. A particular focus has been placed on attracting millennials into manufacturing careers so large manufacturing companies are advertising roles on social media and areas where young talent is active. A particular emphasis is being placed on the idea of using industry 4.0 technologies to work alongside humans to better enhance their role. For example, soon we will be using virtual reality software to train individuals in their field and provide a better understanding of their tasks in order to improve performance. Morson has a host of exciting manufacturing job opportunities for you to explore. Register your CV and begin your job search today. Or, to read more manufacturing content, click here.

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    The Importance of Monitoring Success to Deliver HS2 | #SkillsOnTrack

    There is an ongoing discussion in the industry relating to the skills gap an how we need to strengthen our UK skills base through apprenticeships, diversity and social engagement. HS2 Ltd’s strategic objectives in relation to skills provide a structure for mitigating this gap, however, there are still challenges associated with achieving all of the targets set. To understand these challenges, we hosted a roundtable event held at the National College High-Speed Rail (NCHSR’s) Birmingham Campus, which brought together representatives from the Morson Group, HS2 Ltd and the supply chain to discuss the issues and opportunities around training, apprenticeships, collaboration, Government policy and more. We take a closer look at some of our findings surrounding monitoring success: ​ MONITORING SUCCESS There is not currently a facility for monitoring apprenticeships, upskilling and other SEE activity centrally, leading to concerns around: Administration intensive and complex reporting requirements. Siloed activity across the HS2 contractors. Difficulties in understanding the total project outcomes. Lack of cohesion with relevant training providers and outreach programmes. Reporting on the success of an organisation’s SEE outputs is a complex task and requires a significant amount of time and resources to pull this information together. This, coupled with no central facility for the submission of SEE output information, also creates challenges in monitoring skills, education and employment success throughout the project’s lifecycle. THE SOLUTION We must integrate project-wide reporting and tracking models packaged within the right software to monitor progress across all phases. A central technology that can both track apprentices and also connect training requirements with training providers, will monitor whether SEE targets are not only met, but also if they are exceeding expectations. A bespoke reporting system will also provide consistent, accurate and real-time reporting at the touch of a button, allowing HS2 Ltd to track apprenticeships and SEE outputs throughout the project lifecycle and give contractors the opportunity to view individual and project-wide data. This data is critical to reporting on the long-term objectives of HS2 and the lasting legacy of the project across different regions, such as: How many apprentices complete their qualification and progress into the industry. The number of candidates from a workless background that remain employed on the project post 26 weeks. The percentage of the workforce that successfully complete a mid-career transition. Through our in-house systems team, we already have the capability to develop this technology on a project-wide basis. Download our whitepaper to read more about the solutions that are needed if we are to achieve HS2’s vision of being a catalyst for growth across Britain. Or click here to find your opportunity on HS2.

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    How to become a... Steel Fixer

    With continuous investment in infrastructure and a variety of high profile projects to choose from, there are excellent steel fixer jobs in the UK construction industry for steel fixers at all levels. Keep reading to find out more about the skills you’ll need and discover whether a steel fixer job is the right fit for you. RATES £8-13 per hour HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS NVQ, City & Guilds ​ What do steel fixer jobs involve? Steel fixers install and tie together steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete in order to strengthen and secure buildings and other large structures during construction. You’ll need to decide where steel is needed and work out the required size, shape and number of reinforced bars. You’ll often need to utilise machinery and tools, including cutting and bending equipment, to help fit the bars in place. Steel fixers can work on a variety of different projects, but will usually find themselves working on industrial and commercial developments, high-rise housing, tunnels and bridges. What is a steel fixer’s salary? The average salary for a steel fixer can vary depending on the location, scale and nature of the project, as well as from employer to employer. You can expect a starting salary of between £14,000 and £18,000, rising up to anywhere between £20,000 and £30,000 as you gain experience. The most highly experienced steel fixers can often make up to £35,000 per year. If you’re self-employed, you have the opportunity to set your own pay rates. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? You’ll need a good eye for detail and the ability to follow engineering instructions and technical charts and diagrams. Good maths skills are necessary to work out and follow precise measurements. Steel fixer jobs are physically demanding work, involving heavy-lifting, bending and working at heights. Because of this, it’s important to have a high level of physical fitness. You’ll use a variety of hand and power tools, as well as machinery, so you’ll need practical skills and good hand-eye coordination. You should also be equally confident working both on your own and as part of a team. What qualifications do I need? There aren’t any formal entry requirements to become a steel fixer, with many starting their careers in entry level roles, like a ‘nip hand’ helping out on a building site to gain experience. To progress further, you can undertake an NVQ level 2 in Steel Fixing Occupations or City and Guilds 2455. These qualifications cover the basics of steel fixing, teaching you how to cut, shape and install steel, as well as covering the basics of using power tools and safe working practices. Alternatively, you can undertake a steel fixing apprenticeship, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn. You’ll need to apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) competency card if you plan to work on a construction site. What are the hours and conditions? You can expect to work a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday. However, you’ll sometimes be required to work overtime on evenings and weekends to meet deadlines, as and when the project requires it. Potential overtime pay gives you an opportunity to boost your earnings. As with most on-site work, your day will usually start at dawn. The majority of your work will take place outside and in all weathers. You’ll be working on-site, so can expect some travel and time spent away from home. You’ll spend a lot of time working at height, and will need to wear protective items, such as helmets, ear-defenders, boots and hi-vis clothing. Career progression With time, experience and training, there are a number of opportunities for career progression. You could move into a senior, supervisory role, or train to become an engineering technician. If you fancy working for yourself, you can become a freelance steel fixer, or look to set up your own business and employ others. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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