MORSON FORCES understand that when your spouse or partner is serving in the armed forces, you may have to put your career on hold. As well as offering service leavers comprehensive support with their transition into civilian employment, we help spouses to fulfill their career ambitions while their partners are still serving.
We are experts in finding roles for military spouses who face challenges such as the need to regularly switch jobs, the inability to work regular hours or frequent re-location.
Read about the experiences of some of the spouses we've supported:
TAMMY WILLIAMS | ADMINISTRATOR, APACHE CONTRACTOR MAINTENANCE SITE
Tammy's husband has served in the Army Air Corps for 21 years. Tammy currently works at the Apache Contractor Maintenance site, part of Morson Technical Services, in Middle Wallop.
"Being an army wife requires making sacrifices, including when it comes to choosing a career."
Throughout her husband’s services years she has always managed to find administrative roles at posting locations using recruitment agencies such as Morson. Her current role has provided her with flexible working hours to suit her family’s needs and training in order to develop within her role.
“I feel that working has transformed my life and given me confidence, self-respect and an opportunity to work with dedicated, interesting people.”
Morson recognises that military families are proud of their partners careers choices but are keen on keeping their own identity to help them cope with the overwhelming pressures of army life.
“At Morson, employees are always recognised for their contribution to the company and really do feel like valued members of the team – we are all like a Morson family”.
We are experts in finding roles for military spouses who face challenges such as the need to regularly switch jobs, the inability to work regular hours or frequent re-location.
We are delighted to announce that Morson has appointed Joanne Lake as non-executive director as we look to drive strategic growth within our core STEM markets – in particular, engineering, nuclear, aerospace and infrastructure – whilst capitalising on increasing demand for talent in complementary sectors such as construction, IT & digital, professional services and more. Joanne brings more than 30 years’ financial and professional services experience to the Morson Group Board of Directors, having held senior positions with investment banks Panmure Gordon, Evolution Securities and Williams de Broe, and as a chartered accountant with PwC.Morson Group CEO, Ged Mason OBE, said: “It was clear that Joanne would be an excellent fit for the group, and I’m thrilled to have her on board. She is enormously experienced, and her addition brings strong leadership, financial acumen and a fresh perspective, which will support continued success across our group of companies. “As a major business, which is family formed, we have carved out an outstanding reputation over the last 50+ years, with clients trusting us to deliver expert candidate engagement models, recruitment, design, technology, training and people solutions that strategically align with their own commercial goals.“We offer specialist experience and unrivalled service to our clients, candidates, contractors and workforce. Our unique culture, passion and people-centric approach, which is driven by our mantra of ‘placing people first’, are what truly sets us apart.” Joanne currently holds non-executive positions with several UK public companies, acting as non-executive chairman of Mattioli Woods Plc, non-executive deputy chairman of Henry Boot Plc and non-executive director of Morses Club Plc and Gateley Holdings Plc. Commenting on her appointment, Joanne said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board at Morson Group. Their passion and enthusiasm are infectious and their pride in delivering outstanding service and creating a supportive people-centric culture to retain the best talent has shone from the outset. I am really looking forward to working with the team to drive further growth for the benefit of all Morson Group’s stakeholders.”On behalf of all of our Morson colleagues, we welcome Joanne and wish her the best on her Morson journey.Find out more
Late last year Britishvolt announced plans to build a huge manufacturing facility to support the UK automotive industry’s transition to greener forms of transport. Blyth in Northumberland was selected as the site of the £2.6 billion gigaplant, making it one of the UK’s largest ever industrial investments. Construction on the project is intended for summer of this year, with Lithium ion-batteries expected to be in production by 2023 and a target of producing over 300,000 by 2027.Global powerhouse, Siemens have now jumped on board with the project by providing Britishvolt access to its automation, electrification and manufacturing execution technologies. This will speed up delivery times and will help Britishvolt reach its aforementioned target of delivering the first Lithium batteries by 2023. On top of this, Siemens will provide Britishvolt with design and stimulation development tools that will help accelerate the process of the Lithium battery ion cells to go from laboratory to production at scale.Carl Ennis, CEO Siemens GB and Ireland stated:“This is an exciting and vital project to quickly ramp up availability at commercial scale of the batteries required by the electric vehicle market to help the UK reach its carbon net zero goals by 2050. In order to give manufacturers and end customers the confidence to switch to electric vehicles, we need to have this crucial part of the supply chain here in the UK. We are keen to start working with Britishvolt to get the Blyth site operational by 2023, supplying batteries and delivering crucial investment in the North East, helping to level up the UK economy.”Britishvolt CEO Orral Nadjari added: “We are delighted to enter into this technology collaboration. Working with Siemens and utilising its global expertise in Digital Twin and simulation technologies will play a pivotal role in Britishvolt achieving its tight deadlines to begin producing world-class batteries, at scale, by the end of 2023. Being able to simulate production of lithium-ion batteries and cell development speeds up a complicated process and allows us to bring crucial batteries to market quicker. Working with leading global partners such as Siemens helps us stay firmly on course in our mission to build the UK’s first battery gigaplant.”Morson is a leading recruiter in the energy sector. Search our latest jobs in energy hereFind out more
Ged Mason OBE, Morson Group CEO, has become a patron of the Standing Tall Foundation, the charitable organisation set up by Morson ambassador and ex-forces veteran Andy Reid MBE to support vulnerable young people and veterans in local communities. Andy established the Standing Tall Foundation based on his own ‘lived experience’. While proud to have served in the armed forces in the 1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, he also believes that the societal factors and personal reasons that lead young people to join the armed forces are not always healthy ones. There are potentially damaging consequences of carrying personal issues into service only to have them compounded by traumatic events experienced whilst on active duty. Consequently, Andy has spent the last several years working to offer mental health support and veterans support. The inspiration for the Foundation came through helping Alex Kemp, another solider from Andy’s battalion. Alex was first on the scene when Andy stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan. Providing care for him in the crucial first minutes after the explosion, Alex helped save Andy’s life. Several years ago, Alex found himself suffering from PTSD and homeless. With the assistance of Morson Group and Step Forward Homes, Andy helped provide support, work and accommodation for Alex, turning his life around. This intervention was a contributory factor which led to the eventual formation of the Standing Tall Foundation, as Andy saw at close quarters the level of need and the inability of traditional larger charitable institutions to respond. Set up to consolidate his charitable activities, the Standing Tall Foundation’s overarching aim is to support vulnerable young people and veterans in local communities. It works to achieve this objective by delivering funded programmes, designed to improve, enhance and help individuals across a broad spectrum of needs. In order to future proof the charity, Andy has looked to enlist patrons to help with key financial support as the charity grows in scope and reach. Andy Reid MBE said: “There has never been a greater need in modern times for support organisations, particularly due to the effects of the pandemic. Ged has become a very good friend and role model to me since I commenced working for Morson Group as a brand ambassador. It was therefore an easy choice when I started to consider who might be a potential patron for my foundation. In effect the decision made itself. I believe Ged’s involvement can only push the Foundation on to greater things, opening contacts and opportunities which might otherwise be unobtainable. This will enable us to help more people and work with greater reach. The Standing Tall Foundation board and I are delighted to have Ged on board as a patron.” Ged Mason OBE said: “When I first met Andy several years ago, I saw a man who embodied bravery, courage, respect, integrity and selfless commitment to helping others. I could think of nobody more suited to the role of ambassador to the Morson Group and Andy has been active in not only helping our teams recruit ex-forces veterans into civilian careers but has also taken part in our charity activity. I’m incredibly proud to be supporting the Standing Tall Foundation and I look forward to seeing Andy make it expand so he can do what he does so well – helping vulnerable people.” Find out more about Morson's commitment to helping ex-forces personnel transition to a civilian careerFind out more
Network Rail have announced they are ready to move an 11,000 tonne, pre-built tunnel into place under one of the UK’s busiest railway lines, in what is a first for UK engineering. The huge concrete box weighing more than the Eiffel Tower, will be slid under the rail infrastructure at Werrington, north of Peterborough, where the East Coast main line is crossed by a slow moving east-west freight route. The purpose of the tunnel is to take slower freight trains off the fast route, speeding up services and improving reliability. This will be a nine-day operation with work taking place later this month, avoiding an extended time of passenger disruption if traditional tunnelling methods had been used. The tunnel has been constructed over the last nine months beside the line and is ready to be installed using massive jacks that will inch it into position, pushing it at just 1.5m per hour along pre-installed guiding supports. Paul Rutter, route director for Network Rail’s East Coast line stated: “This is a massive engineering challenge, but it will avoid hundreds of hours of closure on one of the most important lines in the country.This is industry leading work that really puts the needs of passengers first in how we approach improvement work. In the past, Network Rail might have approached this problem by thinking about the easiest way to do the engineering. Instead, I’m proud to say we have come up with a creative and innovative solution that will deliver massive benefits while keeping disruption to a minimum.” Despite the line being kept open during the installation, it will mean a very limited number of services will run south of Grantham throughout the operation. Passengers who must travel are asked to plan ahead and think about whether journeys are necessary while the work is taking place. Paul added: “Passengers should only travel south of Grantham during these nine days if they have to,” said a spokesperson on behalf of the line’s train operators. “We strongly advise people to check before they travel and allow plenty of time as journeys will take longer.” Rail minister, Chris Heaton was also full of praise for the innovative project: “This is an astonishing feat, underlining this country’s reputation for pioneering engineering and delivering major upgrades for passengers.”“By undertaking a project of this magnitude now we are making the most of our railways being quieter, putting in place vital new infrastructure that will improve our railways for when passengers are safe to return.”Morson is the UK's leading rail recruiter, working on some of the biggest rail projects. Search our latest jobs in rail hereFind out more
COVID-19 and its impact on social distancing and physical meetings demanded that Morson shake up how we deliver the onboarding process for clients who wish to transfer away from their incumbent recruitment provider. Interim Head of Implementation, Charlotte Lewis, explains how we've taken implementation online, creating an efficient, effective and engaging onboarding experience for our clients. Usually, during this time in a relationship with a new client, we’d spend months working physically alongside the different teams requiring our services to hand-hold them through the process. The Coronavirus restrictions meant that wasn’t going to be possible in 2020, but our ability to adapt has revealed a new way of working, which will now create major efficiencies in our typical method and will prove useful for businesses way beyond the virus. Early in 2020, when news of the pandemic began to emerge, we started considering how the Government’s EAST communications framework could be applied to clients who require it – but digitally. We needed to make everything we would normally do face to face as easy, attractive, social and timely as possible, using only online platforms. Our usually day-long sessions had to be more easily digestible and designed to establish partnerships that could be strong from afar, rather than in close proximity, which is what we and our clients have always been used to. It’s something we were considering ahead of the pandemic, but it became a priority when COVID-19 hit and we were requested to deliver an online migration by a new client. We’d recently been appointed as its Managed Service Provider (MSP) for contingent labour resource, supplying specialist and niche contractors more time and cost efficiently, and the company was as keen as us to ensure the pandemic didn’t halt the transition away from their incumbent. As such, the groundwork we had already put in place to develop our digital implementation strategy came to fruition while being tested in a real life scenario. The client team was already familiar with using online video platforms to deliver training and professional development to its global workforce, and we worked with their preferences in mind. We held online conferences, interactive workshops, seminars, forums and drop in sessions to gain all the information we normally would in face to face settings, but made the sessions shorter to avoid Zoom fatigue. We also enabled an element of socialising online; the client’s finance, systems and operations teams had the opportunity to learn more about our MSP, meet our team members, hear about the benefits we could bring to their company and challenge us on anything that they were unsure of. At times, we had more than 70 team members actively participating in what we were offering. It provided the reassurance to both parties that, thanks to technology, we could take on the challenge lockdown presented to us and achieve brilliant results. Typically, implementation periods take a minimum of 12 weeks and include an eight-week buffer to mitigate for the usual delays that come with running businesses. However, in this very first experience of putting our digital strategy to the test, the entire implementation process was completed on time, in less than three months – even with a pandemic rumbling along in the background. What’s been most pleasing about this project is that we’re now able to offer a completely new service to other businesses. It’s been tried and tested and proven to be successful thanks to our agility; we were able to pivot and accommodate the client’s needs, on-demand, to enable better outcomes and increased productivity for them as a result. We’ll now use this same process to provide other clients with an analysis of the ever-changing labour market, looking at how the economic unrest around the world might be mitigated using different recruitment models. And we’ll be able to do so without limitation, knowing that technology enables true value and benefits for our clients. “We understand that so many of our clients bigger strategic goals are linked to talent. Thanks to our in-depth market intelligence, vertical expertise, industry-leading technology and collaborative approach, we can support our clients businesses through these challenging market uncertainties, the diversifying of workforces, preparing for IR35, fulfilling local employment quotas, and any other tests our clients may face.” If you would like to find out more about how we can support your business and it's ambitions, get in touch with myself, Morson director, David Lynchehaun at firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more
Since the original Fox ABC gym was tragically burnt down in March last year, former Lightweight World Champion Anthony Crolla has been working tirelessly to relocate and rebuild his amateur gym which means so much to himself and the community. The gym holds a special place in Crolla’s heart as it was where he honed his craft as a youngster and witnessed so many locals’ lives changed for the better, due to the access to boxing in the area. After numerous setbacks throughout the year, Crolla finally found an old clubhouse at the Vestacare Stadium in Oldham that was fitting for the gym, and with months of hard work, had it ready to open in December. With a brand-new ring, punchbags and a coach who has shined under the brightest lights in the sport, the gym represents an outlet for young people in the community to learn discipline, be more confident in themselves and feel part of a team. Team Morson went to visit the gym prior as the final touches were being made and Crolla was surprised by the visit of Morson CEO, Ged Mason, holding a cheque of £20,000 he was donating to the gym. It was clear to see how much this donation meant to an emotional Anthony, who can now add the last details and get the gym opened up to those who need it most when it is safe to do so. Speaking on the donation Ged stated to Crolla: “I remember the night of the fire and it was really sad and I wanted to do something to help you along. It’s been fantastic what you’ve done to get this place back on its feet, it’s not just the people at the Boxing club, it’s all the local community that it helps” Crolla explained how the donation will help the gym specifically: “As a boxing gym we’re ready to go, we’ve got some weights to come in and maybe a few machines, so that cheque will help massively” He added: “What gives me the most joy is helping others achieve their dream. Not every person who walks through this door will be a fighterFind out more
The clock is ticking towards HMRC’s IR35 tax reforms. Private sector organisations who engage contractor populations are turning their attention to ensuring compliance with the legislation, yet few hiring managers, procurement heads and HR professionals consider a fully contracted-out service as a potential option. The next webinar in our IR35 series is dedicated to exploring this solution, often referred to as a Statement of Work (SOW) or a bought-out service, which removes the IR35 burden from end-clients. Register now.A fully contracted-out service – often referred to as a Statement of Work (SOW) or a bought-out service is a flexible, effective and highly successful commercial route which has many benefits and incidentally, can remove off-payroll considerations related to IR35. Already commonplace in engineering, IT and tech sectors, many other industries could benefit from choosing this advantageous and effective way of working.Whilst there is strictly no prescribed format, a fully contracted-out service comprises a ‘contract for services’, which governs the relationship and outputs agreed between the client and service provider. For more than 40 years, Morson Projects has been delivering fully contracted-out services to clients, long before IR35 legislation was established. However, since the introduction of IR35 in 2000, we have successfully delivered more than 12,000 projects as fully contracted-out solutions, with a value in excess of £750m.This method of working puts us in the position of the ‘End Client’ to any relevant Personal Service Company (PSC) engaged. It, therefore, means we are responsible for ensuring reasonable care is exercised correctly by producing and issuing an IR35 Status Determination Statement. During this 60-minute session, the panel will shine a spotlight on a service that Morson Projects has been providing clients throughout our 40 years in operation. A service that now has the additional benefit of removing the IR35 burden from our clients. Our panel will explain how they can help guide businesses through the offload process, helping them clearly define their requirements and supporting them in generating SOWs. We will then showcase our robust processes, procedures and tools to ensure IR35 compliance, which are underpinned with a comprehensive insurance policy.In what is an unprecedented opportunity to reset the IR35 agenda, ensure your business doesn’t get left behind. To find out more and to register your free place, click here. Meet our panel... Chris Burke, executive director, Morson ProjectsChris has a 45-year career history, 20 years of which have been spent at Morson Projects overseeing teams delivering engineering solutions to the Aviation, Power, Manufacturing, Transport and Nuclear sectors through outcome-led statements of work. As a result, Chris has unique knowledge and understanding of delivering the best technical solutions for clients in line with the new IR35 legislation.Devina Ramanah, compliance support, Morson ProjectsDevina worked as legal adviser to Magistrates for HMCTS in the courts across West Yorkshire and Central Manchester for more than 10 years. Devina would advise all parties at court on points of law, practice and procedure, ensuring legal compliance and transparency, and brings a wealth of experience producing and delivering legal training.Devina has supported Morson since the introduction of the Finance Act 2017. She plays a pivotal role in building knowledge and raising competency in IR35 compliance, the creation of a reliable, insurable Status Determination Statement tool, whilst working closely with leading tax specialists to gain panel member status.Gareth Beck, associate director, Morson ProjectsGareth brings more than 20 years’ industry experience and has played a leading role in providing Morson Projects’ clients with the right technical support to deliver their complex projects successfully for the past 13 years.Gareth has extensive experience of constructing and delivering fixed-price work packages, managing the contract for services and assuming responsibility for a project’s successful delivery by utilising a talented technical team, which Morson Projects has been doing long before IR35 legislation was established. To find out more about the benefits of a SOW visit our IR35 solutions page or contact our team at email@example.comFind out more
Work has begun on the world’s first commercial liquid air storage facility near Manchester, alongside a visitor centre with the hope of turning the ambitious project into a tourist attraction. The 50MW facility will store enough power for around 50,000 homes for five hours.UK based High Power and independent/natural gas developer Carlton Power will build and operate the ‘Cryobattery’, which could later be expanded to add more storage. The plant will use surplus electricity from wind farms at night to compress air so hard that it becomes a liquid at -196 Celsius. When there is a peak in demand in a day or a month, the liquid air will be warmed so it expands. The resulting rush of air will drive a turbine to make electricity, which can be sold back to the grid. Last year, Highview Power was awarded a £10 million grant from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to build the facility at Trafford Energy Park, in Carrington Village. The visitor centre, scheduled to open in the first quarter of this year, will provide an immersive experience allowing visitors not only to see the progress of the site being built, but also to have the opportunity to take virtual tours.Javier Cavada, Highview Power CEO and president explained:“Our facility will deliver much needed clean, reliable and cost-efficient long duration energy storage to the National Grid. The CRYOBattery™ will help the UK to integrate renewable energy and stabilize the regional electrical grid to ensure future energy security during blackouts and other disruptions.”The first of its kind system was created by Peter Dearman, a self-taught inventor from Hertfordshire. Dearman, who is now a shareholder in Highview added:“It’s very exciting, we need many different forms of energy storage - and I’m confident liquid air will be one of them”Morson is a leading recruiter in the energy sector. Search our latest jobs in energy hereFind out more
Network Rail recently announced that they have joined multiple construction firms in the building of HS2 to set out long-term plans to ensure that people living in seven London boroughs can benefit from the project. Labelled as the ‘Empowering Communities’ initiative, it aims to: Create jobs and offer training for those that are unemployed or homeless Work with residents to identify and support community projects Help young people to develop new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and access apprenticeships Build a sustainable legacy, continuing to benefit even after work is completed Others that are also involved in the scheme include HS2 LTD and its contractors such as Costain, Skanska, STRABAG, Mace Dragados and Arup. With Network Rail now involved, this can help all partners better reach local communities in the seven boroughs along the London section of the HS2 route. Speaking on the initiative, James Dean, Network Rail West Coast South route director, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with industry partners to create opportunities for people in the local area. Euston station sits in the heart of Camden, as well as serving tens of thousands of passengers a day we offer great jobs and training. “We’re going to put significant people power behind this social legacy project. Everybody at Network Rail gets five days volunteer leave. I hope we can use those days to make a real difference” Louise Dailly, chair of the Empowering Communities steering group and head of social sustainability, at Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, said: “We’re delighted Network Rail has joined the Empowering Communities partnership.The programme brings together the strengths of the partner organisations and enables us to deliver more together than we could individually. She continued: “This collaborative approach will boost opportunities for local people and deliver long-lasting benefits in terms of tackling worklessness, homelessness and providing opportunities for local young people, businesses and community projects.” The seven London boroughs who will benefit from the new scheme are: Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster. Morson is the UK's leading rail recruiter, working on some of the biggest rail projects. Search our latest jobs in rail here Find out more about Morson Training's apprenticeship programme by clicking hereFind out more
In a truly unprecedented year, the presence of sport helped many escape the difficulties of lockdown life in 2020 and despite the stop/start nature of things, Morson still celebrated some incredible moments across the biggest stages in rugby, boxing and horse racing last year. Boxing One of Morson’s most successful ambassadors over the years, Scott Quigg, retired from the sport of boxing in March 2020 after a defeat to Jono Carroll at the Manchester Arena. This marked the end of an era for Morson and for Manchester boxing as a whole, as Anthony Crolla had only announced his retirement at the same arena at the end of 2019. We thank Scott for representing the company so proudly on some of the biggest stages the sport has seen over the years and hope he has enjoyed his deserved time away from the ring. A big success story of 2020 was the continued rise of Kieran Farrell, who created great opportunities for his fighters on Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren’s televised shows through building great relationships with both parties. This even saw Kieran show off his now-famous darts skills by winning the highly viewed Betfred Bubble Darts Cup, beating out the likes of Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew to secure the trophy in hilarious fashion. Finishing the year was Callum Smith who finally faced the pound for pound best fighter in the sport in Canelo Alvarez at the Alamadome in Texas on December 19th. Even though Smith was ultimately defeated, this proved to be the biggest boxing attraction Morson was involved in since the mega-fight between Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather back in 2007 and Smith fought valiantly against one of the current greats in the game today. We know Callum will be back in a big way in 2021 and can’t wait to see him continue to mix it up with the best super-middleweights in the world. Rugby Sale Sharks provided arguably Morson’s greatest rugby moment to date by lifting the Premiership Rugby Cup in a dramatic win over Northampton Saints in September. This ended a 14-year wait for a trophy for the Manchester-based club and will hopefully kick-start a series of silverware in the years to come. Sale currently sit fourth in the Gallagher Premiership with three wins and two losses and we will continue to cover their season in the months ahead. Meanwhile in Rugby League, Salford Red Devils responded to those expecting a Grand Final hangover season by reaching the final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in 50 years. The Red Devils secured their spot at Wembley with a nail-biting win in a thrilling semi-final against Warrington Wolves. In an equally tense final, Salford, unfortunately, came up short against Leeds Rhinos, losing by a point in the dying minutes. Despite this loss, Salford silenced any doubters that their trip to the Grand Final was a one-season wonder and that they are looking to be a force to stay. The 2021 Super-League season begins in March, so keep an eye out for all of our Rugby League content on Morson Sport this year. Horse Racing We provided coverage for the biggest race of the year at the Cheltenham Gold Cup with exclusive preview content filmed at Paul Nicholls’ stables in Somerset and live tweets and video content throughout the day leading up to Clan Des Obeaux’s race from Cheltenham. This was brilliant access for one of the landmark sporting events of the year and despite Clan not winning the race, it was another incredible day to be a part of. Paul Nicholls also finished the year on the high with another King George VI win as Bryorny Frost led Frodon to the win, bringing home one of the sport's biggest prizes to Nicholls' stable yet again. Stay up to date with Morson Sport by following us on Twitter @MorsonGroupFind out more
At Morson, we are committed to improving the diversity of our company and building inclusive cultures every day. Not only is this good for business, but it’s also the right thing to do. We aim to be a truly 21st-century workforce, where everyone’s talents are welcomed, valued and nurtured.As a key part of our 2021 diversity and inclusion strategy, we're thrilled to announce that Morson, has once again joined leading companies from a range of sectors and industries in signing the Inclusive Culture Pledge for a further year in 2021, an initiative managed by diversity consultancy The EW Group. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are becoming increasingly important for both employers and employees. Research has shown that diverse businesses are 35% more likely to financially outperform their industry’s national average. For potential job hunters, 67% now consider a diverse workforce is an important factor when considering job offers.By signing up to the Pledge, we will again have the support of the EW Group, a specialist in diversity and inclusion. Throughout the year, our colleagues will benefit from a year of dedicated support on five key aspects of diversity development: Leadership, People, Brand, Data and Future. Together this will provide a focus for building our skills, awareness, confidence and maturity around workplace diversity over the course of 2021. In doing so, we are making a commitment, internally and outwardly, to the lasting importance of diversity and inclusion to our company culture. Joining the Pledge is a public commitment that we take diversity and inclusion seriously and that we understand the need to provide our employees with a safe, fair and supportive place to work. We’re looking forward to the events provided as part of the Pledge, which will build our internal capacity and ensure we work at the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion. This is an initiative that we believe will benefit our colleagues, customers and stakeholders.For more information visit https://theewgroup.comFind out more
Authored by Rhys Harris, associate director – engineering, process & construction at the Morson Group"I’ve been working in the recruitment industry for 23 years and I don’t think any 12-month period has ever inflicted so much change on the ways we live and work as 2020 has.There have been three main factors. The first and most obvious is the pandemic. This would’ve created enough seismic change on its own but teamed with changing legislation, such as the countdown to IR35 in April 2021, and the stalling Brexit deal, there is food for thought amongst blue and white-collar industries about how the year has shaped our futures.Primarily, those who have sadly lost jobs or have been made redundant as a result of COVID-19 might be looking at the steps they can take to find a new way of working. Many will be considering contracting but may be unsure about how to approach it after years of being a permanently employed worker.Large infrastructure projects rely on freelance and contractor resource, and these ‘super projects’ can present a strong opportunity for those considering self-employment as their next move. The HS2 project alone will create 30,000 contracting roles in the next three years, while the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development will require 25,000 freelance roles over the next seven years. The labour requirements span blue and white-collar profiles and contractors are required across administrative, legal, finance, IT and marketing roles alongside the expected construction related roles such as project and commercial management, planners, engineers and trades, and labour skilled individuals.Contractors account for 5.2 per cent of the UK workforce, contributing £125bn to the economy every year. Those figures have fluctuated across 2020, but – generally – recessions offer something positive for those in temporary roles because employers are keen to minimise risk. As such, they’ll turn to contracting to meet their resourcing requirements and avoid the long-term commitment of engaging with a full-time employee. In recessions, companies become very project focused in certain areas especially in times of uncertainty.So, what should you consider when it comes to contracting if you haven’t already explored it as an option?As with any form of employment, there are pros and cons. Flexibility is one of the major benefits – whether that’s in terms of the job role or the hours you work. You’re your own boss and you alone can decide which roles you want to explore that fit with your interest, location or family life. That, in turn, tends to improve your work/life balance. Many find that contracting better supports the career of their partner, and enables them to see more of their children. Additionally, contractor and freelance rates tend to be slightly higher than those who are fully employed.However, you are reliant on yourself for finding work. You’ll need to develop and nurture your own network, using references and recommendations to secure listing with the right agencies or companies that offer contractor roles. Additionally, project-based work – that which suits lots of contractors – have varying contract durations, some long term others not, so if you find yourself in need of a new job with just a week to spare, you’ll need to call on your network of contacts to present new opportunities to you that are available.Contracting requires resilience and strength, and a level of tenacity to get what you want out of it. For example, you’ll need to negotiate your own day rate and it’ll be down to you to ensure you receive what you need without selling yourself short. The agency you work with will be helpful in gauging what the market rates are for your level of experience, so stay close to your trusted contacts. Always consider a higher day rate as an element of assurance for yourself; you won’t receive holiday or sick pay, and you’ll need to set up a pension, so these things must be accounted for in your day rate.Consider all the options open to you in terms of incorporating your own limited company or becoming part of an umbrella company who will look after all of your tax obligations. Each route to contracting will require a lot of research, but you can choose whichever best suits your lifestyleFinally, always bear in mind the role a recruitment agency can play in you being successful as a contractor. These relationships are incredibly important and should be cherished. Agencies are usually the portal of access to clients who require your talent. Treating agencies as a means to an end might see you selected for fewer roles in the long run, as you won’t be front of mind for those filling client resourcing requirements.Agencies develop strong relationships of their own with businesses that rely on them; as such, they only want to supply the best talent, and contractors that demonstrate a willingness and passion for their trade. Bring both those things into your relationship with a recruitment agency, and you’ll never experience any downtime as a contractor.The best agencies treat their candidates just as well as they do their clients. Candidates are the lifeblood of their business so treating the professionally is a minimum requirement. Equally, treat your recruitment partners of choice with the same amount of respect. They operate and work closely with a lot of clients that you potentially want to work with so keep yourself at the front of the queue. The last 12 months have taught us that the future will always be unclear. For those who’ve always been interested in contracting but have associated it with uncertainty, now might be the best time to alter your mindset. There are a huge number of benefits to this way of working, many of which will lead to more positive outcomes on your wellbeing and financial situation than full-time employment ever could. A lack of clarity doesn’t have to mean a lack of control, and contracting puts the control back in your own hands."If you have further questions, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or search our latest contracting opportunities here www.morson.com/jobs/contractUseful linksDifferent types of employment options:https://parasolgroup.co.uk/help-me-decide/faqs/employment-options/Top things to know/prepare before moving into contracting and self-employment: https://www.contractorcalculator.co.uk/10_tips_first_time_uk_contracting.aspxStats on contracting pre and post COVID: IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) is at the forefront of research into freelancing and self-employment. It works with members, leading academic institutions and research agencies to shed light on the needs and interests of freelancers so that it can champion them in Government and across industry.Freelancer Confidence Index hub: https://www.ipse.co.uk/policy/freelance-confidence-index-hub.htmlWhat does the future look like for contracting? https://www.ipse.co.uk/event/contractor-trends-in-2020-what-can-we-learn-for-2021.htmlFind out more