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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...


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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.

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    The Nuclear New Build Skills Map – Where do you fit in?

    Have you heard of Hinkley Point C, the nuclear power station set to provide 25,000 jobs? Positively, Hinkley is just one part of the growth in UK infrastructure planned over the next decade. Therefore this unprecedented increase brings with it a high demand for skills, with a hundreds of nuclear contract jobs needing to be filled. How are these nuclear contract jobs going to be filled? In 2015, the government outlined common goals for the nuclear industry, with a key aim to develop a pipeline of skills to meet future demands. The government also pledged to employ a predominantly UK based workforce, cultivate global quality training and nuclear expertise and diversify the workforce by increasing the proportion of women. If these goals are worked towards, we see these actions as demonstrating very positive steps to sustaining employment for many in the UK. Is there an opportunity at Hinkley for you? The below diagram highlights the categories of skills required and where you can fit in: Where do I fit in? In order to meet the nuclear skills demand, a diversity of skills is needed. There are three distinct groups: Tier 1 – Generic Skills These include candidates who have ready market skills primarily in construction. This is where the 90% of the skills gap lies. Therefore, to fill this demand for nuclear contract jobs we are looking to recruit from beyond the nuclear sector. Candidates will be considered who have backgrounds from many different sectors, from rail to aerospace. To see if your skills and experience are transferable to the nuclear sector read our recent blog on transferable skills which highlights job opportunities and outlines solutions to the burning questions over this skills gap. Tier 2 – Nuclear Skills These are candidates with skills specific to the nuclear sector. For instance, Nuclear Safety Case Engineers are responsible for providing safety case advice during the design, operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities and for the production of all nuclear safety documentation. As a Nuclear Safety Case Engineer you can expect to earn up to £70k. Tier 3 – Subject Matter Experts Here we are looking for candidates who have specialist skills which have been gained over a long period of time. Their subject matter is nuclear focused with expertise in various programs and processes. Train up to be a Nuclear Effects Subject Matter Expert and you can expect a salary from £45k – £100K. If you’re interested in roles at Hinkley Point C, click here or our nuclear new builds, click here. Subscribe to the Blog If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs! Name* Email Address* Which topics do you enjoy reading on the blog? jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 13) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [13, 1]) } );

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    Our Apprentice of the Year Chats About Routes to Employment

    As it’s National Apprenticeship Week we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with our Apprentice of the Year, account apprentice Jodie Groom, who works at Morson’s sister company Morson Projects. She talks about why accounting apprenticeships are a great route into employment, no matter what age you are. What attracted you to Morson Projects/accounts? I was initially attracted to Morson by the strong reputation of the company. It is a friendly environment, supports charities and accommodates the needs of its staff. I was then attracted to joining the accounts team as my sister is an accountant, so I learnt a few things from her prior to starting at Morson. This inspired me to start my journey and accounting career by achieving each level of education whilst working in an accounting environment. Why did you choose an apprenticeship? I chose an apprenticeship because you can learn your trade academically but then you are able to put the skills you learn into practice in a working environment and expand on the knowledge you learn at college. As I am 18 years old, it helps that I get a wage as well as working and learning. If I just attended a college full time I would then have to get a part-time job alongside which may be too much and hinder my learning process. What has your experience of an apprenticeship been? I have enjoyed my experience so far as being an apprentice as I have worked in a team of accounts which has helped me expand on my skills and knowledge that I have learnt at college on evenings and weekends. I am enjoying my studies at Kaplan Finance in Manchester as the tutors are keen and willing to help as much as possible to ensure their students pass. Tell us a bit about what you have learnt so far… Considering I have only been studying for 7 months I feel I have learnt a fair amount about the basics. I am currently studying my AAT Level 2 in accounting and Finance. I have covered topics such as: Bookkeeping Transactions Bookkeeping Controls Elements of Costing Sage One Accounting System I am awaiting a few results back then I can complete my synoptic unit and sit my final exam to complete my Level 2 and move onto completing my Level 3 AAT Course. Would you recommend accounting apprenticeships to others? Yes, I would definitely recommend accounting apprenticeships to anyone who is intrigued to learn something new, no matter what age you are. You can get a full education as well as putting it into practice on the job, in a working environment. Morson are champions of apprenticeships, we believe they are a fantastic way to both get young people into employment and help professionals transition into new careers. Read more about our pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes across our business. Want to find out more about the apprenticeships Morson offer? Email our Head of HR becki.ross@morson.com

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    Forces to Civilian: Future Proofing Ex-Forces Careers

    With over 14,000 skilled and experienced individuals leaving the Armed Forces each year it’s important they’re provided with the correct recruitment opportunities during their transition to civilian employment. Here at Morson we have an excellent track record of working with ex-forces personnel, stemming from personal investment, with several of Morson’s recruiters and account managers coming from an Ex-Forces background. Building relationships We work closely with both the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) and British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to ensure a positive recruitment journey and swift transition for service leavers from military to civilian employment. “Contracting with Morson was a great starting place for my civilian career” states former Morson employee on his experience when he transitioned from the Royal Navy to a career in civilian aviation. They continued: “Morson is a great employer for anyone who is ex-military, it gives a massive opportunity to expand on skills gained in the forces and to progress rapidly into civilian life”. Our work includes providing career advice, CV and interview training, upskilling and creating invaluable professional networks with ex-forces colleagues. The right role for you A further key element of our service is our project and skillset insight. Our position across 12 key markets means we are able to advise each individual service leaver that we work with on the types of roles and industries where they can best capitalise on the skills accrued during their time with the armed forces. We listen to each service leaver to ensure we provide the best opportunity for them to excel in their civilian career. Our commitment to securing long-standing careers for ex-forces personnel is independently recognised by the Armed Forces Covenant who presented Morson with a gold award as part of its Employer Recognition Scheme. This is the Ministry of Defence’s highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served. Endless Opportunities Our recruitment fairs are a great opportunity for service leavers to network and speak with our recruitment experts as well as finding out about our latest employment opportunities. Daniel Blanchard, 27, who did two stints in the army moved into civilian life after meeting a Morson representative at a recruitment fair. Daniel states “I was fortunate enough to meet Morson at a recruitment event being held near my military base. They really helped, from making me look at all my options to getting me into the hangar of a commercial airline to meet the guys and see how they work.” Are you a forces partner or spouse? We can help. Morson understands that when your spouse or partner is serving in the armed forces, you may have to put your career on hold – that’s where Morson come in. We can help you find the right job for you. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve switched jobs a few times or more, you’re unable to work regular hours or that you have to move frequently. Read Tammy or Samantha’s stories. Are you a service leaver looking for a new role? To find out more about Ex-Forces careers, click here. Or if you want to speak to someone directly, please email Pat.McMullan@morson.com now. Subscribe to the Blog If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs! Name* Email Address* Which topics do you enjoy reading on the blog? jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 13) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [13, 1]) } );

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    Circular Economy: The Future of Highways

    A circular economy is ‘one that is restorative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value, at all times’ – Highways England Round we go: The Circular Economy and highways The circular economy will be a priority policy area in the foreseeable future and nowhere will this be a more important issue than in the construction and highways sector. In the UK, the infrastructure sector is disproportionately responsible for using more materials and generating waste compared to other industries. According to the Construction Recycling Alliance, the sector consumes more than 400 million tonnes of materials each year, including demolition and excavation, and produces almost 80 million tonnes of waste. Of this, 85% could be reduced, reused or recycled but only a fraction of this is actually achieved. Therefore, it’s evident that the highways industry has a significant role to play in helping the UK move toward a cyclic economic model. From strength to strength The opportunities with the greatest potential for improving resource efficiency and contributing to the circular economy in construction occur during the feasibility and early design stage. This is reiterated by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) who claim that good design lays a critical role in the shift to a circular economy by influencing the way we make, consume and dispose of all products, ultimately providing significant reductions in cost, waste and carbon. The change from a linear business model to a circular one could also be a catalyst for new procurement and purchasing models as well as a driver for programme-level visibility and connectivity between operators. The other side of the road At the moment there is a lot of good work on resource efficiency but we question whether it really amounts to true circularity. We also have to be aware that infrastructure-specific cost benefit models are still emerging, statutory design guidelines are sometimes inflexible and procurement rules can inhibit innovation. Not only this, but initial transaction costs can be high as supply loops are worked through. However, despite the above uncertainties, circular economy approaches are good friends of construction modularisation, BIM, comprehensive digital asset inventory and recovery and the transition to service based infrastructure delivery. Therefore, with all these shifts underway in how major infrastructure projects including highways are delivered, a circular economy approach makes for a strong unifying theme in delivering sustainable legacies. Are you interested in highways? Read how Brexit could affect them or the intelligent infrastructure that could be changing our roads. Or looking for a role in the highways sector? Check out our latest roles here.

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    What Are The In-Demand Roles in 2018?

    As we begin our 2018 journey, it’s clear which roles are going to be show-runners. The world of work is constantly evolving, with the recruitment space changing for both job seekers and employers in the coming year. The ONS said the employment rate last year was at its highest level since modern records began in the early 1970s. However, there is still evidence that companies are facing a skills’ shortages. So what is it that employers are after? Digital technology, finance and construction expertise, it seems, due to continued investment in these areas across the UK. As businesses jump on the digital transformation bandwagon, more roles are required in the information technology department. Alongside this, with the recent cyber-attacks and rise in fraudulent activities, fraud and risk aversion has become a priority for many organisations. Here are the top 10 jobs for 2018. 1) IT Security Architects Key skills: Integration (API, SOA, BPM), Data management, Big Data and Mobile Solution Architect 2) Data Analysts Key skills: Data integration, Data Migration and good SQL skills Senior Test Analyst 3) Risk Analysts Key skills: numeracy and analytical, research and negotiation Finance Analyst 4) Part-qualified Accountants Key skills: technical accounting knowledge, analytical skills and systems knowledge Accounting Team Leader 5) Civil Engineers Key skills: Technical and project management skills, AutoCAD ability and knowledge of emerging SUDS technology and legislation Civil Engineer 6) Payroll Team leaders Key skills: Knowledge of leading full integrated, end to end payroll service Business Support Assistant 7) Java Developers Key skills: Java experience, exposure to API design, service deployment and messaging technologies Java Developer 8) Safety Case Engineers Key skills: Experience in the Systems Engineering of hardware and software systems, Serial and Discrete Interface Design and experience of development of distributed and/or Windows based control systems System Design Engineer 9) Building Surveyors Key skills: Project Management experience of building maintenance work, refurbishment, and alterations on existing buildings. JCT and NEC£ Contract Administration experience Building Surveyor 10) Project Managers Key skills: Project management, experience of BD / digital / IT experience in customer facing digital and data projects. Understands business / financial modelling Senior Project Manager No need to panic if you’re matching your CV to that list and coming up with no match – it does vary according to location and industry, with plenty of good opportunities for professionals. Search for other Morson roles now. Check out our infographic below to see if every Monday feels like a #BlueMonday for you.

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    5 top tips to make your CV stand out

    Your CV is one of the most important tickets to opening doors in your job search. In an increasingly competitive market, using a variety of attention-grabbing tactics can increase the chance of your CV being noticed and your application being progressed to the next stage. It is believed that on average, it takes a recruiter just 30 seconds to scan your CV and form an opinion. Utilise the following CV tips to ensure you stand out from the crowd: Tailor your CV It’s important to alter your CV in line with the role that you’re applying for, using the job description and company information as a guide. This enables you to respond directly to the job description and explain exactly why you are the right candidate for the role. To find out more about tailoring your CV, click here. Include industry-specific keywords It’s a good idea to check the job description and company website for specific key words and phrases the employer may be looking for. Many companies are now using screening software to perform the first review of applications and check CVs. Including relevant keywords will help ensure that your application passes this first stage. Show your impact with facts and figures Many job seekers make bold claims in their CVs, but very few back them up with facts and figures. Demonstrating the scale of your responsibilities by including figures such as the size of budget you have managed or the cost-saving you achieved for your previous company will make sure you stand out from the crowd. Use bullet points to break up text To ensure that your CV is easy to read, use bullet points to break up the text. The first look at your CV will usually involve a skim-read of the main points, as recruiters are often pushed for time. Providing an enjoyable reading experience will grasp the recruiters attention and create a perfect first impression. Summarise your skills Including a ‘key skills’ section to your CV is another great way to show that you’re qualified for the job you are applying for. It’s useful to have it near the top of your CV, to show off your most relevant industry experience immediately. These quick and easy tweaks will improve the quality of your CV, differentiating you from your competition, and ultimately, improve your chances of securing the role you’re applying for. Now all that is left to do is to browse Morson’s fantastic job opportunities and register your CV to begin your search today.

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    The best apps and tools to help you organise your job search

    Searching for a new role can be a tough task and staying organised through the applications, interviews and paperwork is imperative to ensure you secure the right role for you. Whether you are looking to boost your job search or improve your productivity, read on for the best apps and tools to help you organise your job search. 1. JobTrack JobTrack helps you manage your applications effectively so that you can prioritise the right jobs for you. Using the dashboard, you can quickly see where to focus your efforts based on the job applications you’ve submitted and the job postings you’ve saved. It also enables you to proactively follow up by reminding you to send crucial follow-up emails after important events, such as phone calls and interviews. Perhaps the most unique feature of the website is that it gives you the ability to check on how your job search is going with helpful metrics. JobTrack provides you with visibility into what’s working well and what opportunities exist for improvement. An all-round great tool to organise your job search. 2. Evernote Evernote is a great tool to use, not only during your job search but all of the time! In simple terms, it is an app that assists with note taking, organising, task lists and archiving. It enables you to write notes and capture ideas at the touch of a button, on your computer, phone or on the web. In terms of your job search, it’s a great tool to use to complete your interview preparation and to store any important information relating to your application. The handy ‘clip page’ feature enables you to highlight text from a website and save to a document, this is especially useful when conducting company research before an interview. The possibilities are endless! 3. Glassdoor Glassdoor is a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies, their management, their job role and their salary. When applying for a new role, it’s a good idea to have a quick look at the reviews on Glassdoor. Although you shouldn’t take this information as gospel, together with your discussions with the recruiter and/or manager, you should get a good idea if the company is right for you. 4. Huntr Huntr is an online platform that allows you to create colour coded lists of job applications including notes, dates, tasks, job descriptions, salaries, locations, company data and more. You can also use the Chrome Extension to save jobs from job sites such as Morson.com and pin to your dashboard to view them at any time. Another useful feature of Huntr is that you can quickly share your progress with your colleagues, friends or advisors simply by adding their email address to your lists. Now you’re organised, it’s time to start applying! Read our top tips on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and register your CV to browse the latest opportunities in your field.

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    Hinkley Skills Survey | What Opportunities Are Out There For Me?

    Building Britain’s Future | The Hinkley Skills Survey Part 5 – Contracts With Clout, Hinkley Jobs Our whitepaper has already revealed how candidates are hungry for new opportunities across the country that offer the best rates of pay, lifestyle benefits and career opportunities. Another major attraction is projects with clout that provide prestige for your work portfolio. Of those surveyed, three quarters (75%) were eager to hear about Hinkley jobs. As the biggest project of its kind in Europe, the £18billion nuclear power station will demand skilled workers on a scale that hasn’t been seen in the UK for more than 25 years – since Sizewell-B, the last nuclear power plant was built. And inevitably, many of those workers have now retired or moved overseas. Hinkley Point C will need around 25,000 construction staff from specialist demolition experts to steel erectors, tunnellers, carpenters and glaziers, and it’s vital that these skilled people are in place to ensure successful delivery. Talent on demand is a popular choice, with the UK being home to a fast-growing army of independent flexible workers. Highly skilled, self-employed professionals can work on several projects for different employers in a single year or see themselves contracted long-term to deliver a major project. What’s clear is that the flexible working bug is spreading and the flexible workforce is now a significant driver in the UK’s current and potential economic growth. Want to know more? The full Morson Hinkley Skills Survey explores the importance of flexible workers in infrastructure. Based on the opinions of more than 2,500 independent flexible workers from across the UK, the Hinkley Point C Skills Survey provides a real insight into how to tackle the skills gap, why contracting is an increasingly popular working choice, how to encourage more diversity in engineering and what holds a flexible worker back from spreading their wings and seeking new opportunities in different sectors. In particular, this whitepaper draws attention to what factors attract flexible workers to a role and if they would consider relocating for work. This is especially pertinent with many major infrastructure projects, which require specific levels of locally-sourced skills. Click here to download your copy

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    Making a Bold Career Change | How One Woman Swapped Languages For Nuclear Reactors

    Making a bold career change can seem daunting, but Kim Vignitchouk is part of a growing trend of people who are turning their back on established careers in order to pursue a lifelong passion within a completely new industry. More than 10 years ago Kim made the move from linguistics and translation into the nuclear renaissance. Having lived and worked in China from 1988 – 1997 and fluent in Mandarin, it was time to pursue a career change and explore her real interest and passion, science, to which Kim then began studying a Physics degree at the Open University. Kim explains: “I always dreamed of one day becoming a scientist and I loved Physics at school. Unfortunately it was a career path that my parents weren’t keen on and they pushed me in the opposite direction. “After a successful career in linguistics and translation, I just thought enough was enough. Enrolling with the Open University helped me to connect back with everything that I loved when I was younger. I never dreamed at that point that I’d be able to build a new career and instead, was gaining a Physics degree just for me.” Now a contractor for Horizon Nuclear Power, Kim is part of a team in the UK and Japan helping to drive forward the new £10bn power station, comprising two nuclear reactors, at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey. Adjacent to the former Magnox Wylfa Power Station, which is currently being decommissioned, the new nuclear power station will employ around 9,000 people at the peak of construction and once complete, generate around 2,700 megawatts of electricity – enough to power around five million homes. Having further upskilled her nuclear knowledge with a masters in Radiation and Environmental Protection, Kim is now working as an RP (radiation protection) engineer, where a typical day includes researching, reviewing and writing technical documents, answering technical queries and liaising with other engineers and contractors across civil, mechanical and chemical specialisms. Kim explains: “It’s our job to make sure that the nuclear power plant is being designed and built to UK and international standards so that it’s fully compliant and safe for people and the environment. “Nuclear is such an exciting and rewarding sector to work in, but there’s still a big misunderstanding in what a nuclear power plant actually does. The link between civil and military nuclear programmes also should be better managed as many people wrongly think they are one and the same. “There always seem to be a negative portrayal of nuclear power plants from the media as well, which leads to a negative public perception. Instead, we should be more transparent in showcasing what exciting careers the nuclear industry has to offer.” Kim has never struggled to find a role, even after previously being made redundant. Within the nuclear industry, there is no lack of exciting opportunities. New build programmes deliver a spectrum of roles across engineering, chemistry, environment and physics, which are also highly relevant for the decommissioning and maintenance of nuclear sites. Kim’s specific skillset in radiation and environmental protection is in huge demand across a number of sectors and careers, including medical, radiography and isotope generation for cancer care, which meant that she had already received a job offer before completing her masters. Kim continues: “Gaining my degree and masters were both career highlights as it completely changed my career direction and led me to where I am today. “I’m a firm believer in that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Juggling a freelance interpreter career with my studies at the Open University wasn’t without its challenges and even at this time, my parents were still asking me when was I going to concentrate on a full-time job? Unfortunately they both passed away before I graduated, but they would have been so proud in where I am today. “My advice to anyone regardless of their age or gender is to pursue your passion, do what you want to do and don’t listen to anyone else. “Nuclear is a pretty hardcore industry but there are so many exciting pathways that can lead you to a very rewarding career, including apprenticeships and the university route. All you need to succeed is to work hard and be passionate about what you do.” Are you looking for a career change? Search hundreds of jobs here, or to learn more about adult apprenticeships with our training division visit www.morson.com/mvt.

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    Why am I not getting a job? Find out now…

    Here are six reasons ‘why’ you’re just not getting that all important offer. 1) Your CV Maybe you can’t even get past the first hurdle and get an interview, especially with recruiters spending just nine seconds reading each CV – so it’s important to get it up to scratch. CV’s showcase your abilities and qualifications but the main thing is to make it all relevant to the sector you’re applying to. Whilst employers are reading your CV, they’re seeing if you’d be a fit. Read the job specification and description carefully and integrate the main points into your CV, without making it too lengthy. 2) Job Hopping Sometimes employers may be disheartened if you’ve worked in numerous organisations as it questions company loyalty. However, others see this as a strength, as it highlights adaptability and varied experience. Unlike in previous generations, younger workers today are more likely to change roles or employers every few years rather than stay in one company for decades making Job-hopping increasingly common in the UK. 3) Long-term Unemployment We all know the saying ‘it’s more difficult to find a role when you’re unemployed’. That and the stigma attached to those who haven’t worked for over a year produces self-doubt and frustration when either applying for a role or at an interview. But there are ways to try and get back on your feet. For instance, upskilling by taking a course, volunteering, getting a mentor or just being upfront when an employer asks about a CV gap can all make a significant difference. Don’t forget to write this all in your cover letter. 4) Overqualified It’s hard to overcome the ‘Overqualified Label’ but here’s how to change a prospective employers mind on both your CV and in your interview. Try to focus more on skills and accomplishments rather than job titles, take your salary of the table and demonstrate loyalty. All of those factors should highlight that although you may be classed as overqualified, the company will undoubtedly benefit from hiring you. 5) Interview An interview can make or break a job offer. Think carefully about why you want the role and what the employers are really looking for and ensure you do interview preparation. When the interviewer asks ‘what can you tell us about the company?’ Make sure you’ve done your research. Then after the interview, think back – have you been enthusiastic? Showcased your industry knowledge? Or been clear about your career goals? One thing to remember is all experience is good experience. 6) Better Fit Finally, a common reason is maybe somebody just suits the role better than you. There may have been 10 people interviewed and only one can get the job. So, although you ticked all the boxes, only one position is available and sometimes a deciding factor is compatibility with the team or personality. So, don’t beat yourself up about it if you’re not successful. Make sure you get some feedback, learn from it, stop thinking too much ‘why am I not getting a job?’ and then get your game face ready for your next interview. If you’re looking to start your career in engineering or see what’s out there, check out our latest jobs here. Also, get ahead of the trends and check out how the recruitment space is looking for both employers and job seekers this year, here. Subscribe to the Blog If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs! Name* Email Address* Which topics do you enjoy reading on the blog? jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 13) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [13, 1]) } );

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    Our Ops Director Reveals the Top 5 Most In-Demand IT Jobs

    Adrian Adair, gives us an insight into why it’s a great time to get into tech. Whether you’re new to the industry or looking to improve your skillset, here are five IT jobs that are in high demand from clients across the globe. We all rely on technology and IT networks every day of our lives. From the systems we use at work, to the way we spend our down time and the public services on which we rely, it’s hard to image a time when IT wasn’t so integral to how we live. What all that means for the employment market is demand for the skills required to maintain existing IT systems and develop new solutions continues to grow. The IT job market is extremely diverse as a consequence, creating opportunities for all candidates with an IT background. And, often, IT skills and experience are transferrable to emerging roles and technologies, creating opportunities for dynamic careers that embrace change and help to drive innovation. The question that many candidates ask is where the best IT opportunities lie. Some IT jobs may require further training or professional development so it pays to know how much potential they offer for career progression. Here’s our summary of the top five IT jobs currently in highest demand. Click on the job titles to search for available opportunities: .NET Developer With so many services now delivered online, the job of programming web-based applications is critical for many organisations. .NET developers are web programmers with a strong understanding of the .NET framework. They’re responsible for developing a variety of online programs, applications and interfaces. They may have experience in a variety of programming languages so there is lots of potential here for transferable skills. GDPR Data Security From May 2018, GDPR legislation will make it mandatory for all businesses and organisations to keep personal data securely and demonstrate the steps they have taken to do this. As many organisations don’t even know what personal data they have, where it is or how to track it, there is an urgent need for data security specialists that can help programme systems to comply with the legislation and keep data secure. Cyber Security Specialists Cybercrime has become a significant threat to companies, public sector organisations and individuals, with incidents rising year on year. The specialist skills needed to protect systems against malicious hacks and viruses are in high demand and this looks set to continue to be a growth area of the job market indefinitely. Data Scientists Recently referred to in Forbes as ‘the century’s hottest career’, the job of a data scientist is to analyse and interpret complex data, such as usage statistics from website traffic. These skills are playing an increasingly important role in a business strategy and resource planning, making the role of data scientist critical to a wide range of organisations. Network Architect Required to design, build and maintain a variety of data communication networks, from expansive cloud infrastructures to smaller intranets, network architects are needed for roles in a wide variety of organisations, including data processing specialists and companies that rely on data comms services. As we become increasingly dependent on cloud storage and cloud-based processing, network architects will remain in high demand. At Morson we do more than recruit technical engineers. With a huge presence in the IT market, working with some of the worlds biggest clients, we have over 100 IT jobs open, with opportunities spanning the globe. Find your opportunity here – search all IT jobs.

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    Top Highways Opportunities in The Wild, Wild (South) West

    With total investment in the roads sector set to increase by 20% to nearly £6bn per annum in the next four years, there is a new found focus on this “a once in a generation” highways investment programme. Excitingly, as the world turns increasingly to digital methods, there will be a demand for new types of skills as intelligent infrastructure technology becomes part of mainstream delivery solutions. Sector benefits The challenge to increase the current highways workforce by 50% within the next four years comes with an array of opportunities available all over the country. In addition, the promise of more and stable investment could provide the impetus for the sector to invest in the people and equipment needed. Opportunities in the wild, wild (south) west There isn’t just the Northern Powerhouse. When you consider what the South West has to offer, it’s easy to see how it could lay a claim to being its own self-contained powerhouse. Senior Principal Engineer Our client, WYG, currently has an opportunity for an ambitious Principal Engineer to support the developing work load in their civil engineering section in either their Bristol or Southampton office, dependent on your preference. Both offices undertake a wide variety of major and challenging infrastructure projects for the private & public sector and seek to provide integrated solutions incorporating state of the art design. Criteria: Civil Engineer working towards Chartered status Should have several years’ experience of drainage design, flood risk assessment and highways design. Should be conversant with Sections 104, 278 and 38 works Experience with Microdrainage design software, AutoCAD and 3D modelling ideally with Civils 3D. Ability to carry out plot engineering on housing projects and other, wider civil engineering drainage schemes. Apply Now Senior Infrastructure Engineer Our client, WYG, currently has an opportunity for a Senior Engineer to support the developing work load in their civil engineering section in their Bristol office. Criteria: Senior Engineer working towards Chartered status Should have several years’ experience of drainage design, flood risk assessment and highways design. Should be conversant with Sections 104, 278 and 38 works Experience with Microdrainage design software, AutoCAD and 3D modelling ideally with Civils 3D. Ability to carry out plot engineering on housing projects and other, wider civil engineering drainage schemes. Apply Now Morson Divisional Manager, Sam Mabbott emphasises that: “WYG are willing to support career progression with these vacancies. They are great opportunities for ambitious engineers whom are looking for the next step in their career.” To find out more about UK infrastructure projects, check out our latest infrastructure blogs.

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