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At Morson International, we have seen an increase in the number of staff coming forward to express their own struggles with mental illness and seek support. This change in attitudes presented the opportunity to strengthen our own workplace priorities towards mental health by developing effective engagement strategies that tackle the core issues. In doing so, this has enabled us to attract and retain our talented people, drive productivity and innovation and reap numerous commercial benefits that set us apart from many of our competitors. We conducted a survey of 1,400 Morson contractors and collated findings from the Sale Sharks Community Trusts mental health awareness programme to produce a whitepaper that provides a unique insight into workplace mental health in the UK, showing the current state of affairs, the progress made to date and future objectives for employers. The survey helped to reveal what practical steps organisations could take to improve the way they manage and support staff with mental health concerns. Two thirds (66%) of respondents said that developing the right culture was the best way to improving mental health awareness. More than 60% said more support and access to education around mental health was also needed to combat the issue and a further 53% said an anonymous support line would prove beneficial to them and their business. Every business must begin with the basics and create a strong company culture where employees feel valued, supported and encouraged. Creating a culture where staff can be themselves makes it easier to speak about mental health concerns without fear. Championing our employees’ mental wellbeing is part of the overall Morson Group strategy, showing our workforce that we are serious in giving them access to the support and tools they need, as and when required. The decision to disclose a mental health concern is not one that people take lightly and an open and honest culture helps to stamp out any fear of discrimination to encourage staff to come forward. A Morson guide to managing mental health in the workplace: Identify gaps in your mental health aspirations and current practices to first understand what additional programmes and initiatives are required. Develop a mental health strategy that is championed from the top down through positive behaviours and attitudes. Ensure this strategy touches every part of your organisation by building wellbeing into core business values. Address any negative perceptions and opinions held by management and those implementing the policies. Train key staff in becoming mental health champions, ensuring they are handpicked based on personality, empathy and other key traits. Train existing and new managers on mental health and make it part of their line management role to spot the signs. Effectively communicate your mental health and wellbeing resources to staff. Ensure staff working in all locations can access the same resources and support channels with ease. Maintain momentum by ensuring policies are reviewed regularly for maximum impact and act on feedback from staff throughout the business to tailor policies to changing needs. Ensure flexibility by recognising that people need different adjustments in the workplace. Over the coming years, we expect mental wellbeing to play an increasingly prominent role within every business, yet the attitudes of individual leaders will remain a major influence on the rate of adoption. Organisations with increasing skills shortages and strong leadership will help bring mental health in the workplace to the fore, by recognising the numerous commercial benefits it provides. By celebrating good practice and sharing the stories of what individuals face within our own organisation, we hope that other businesses can benefit from this information and insight and use it to help to kick-start their own wellbeing journey. Morson has released a mental health whitepaper which includes more insights from our contractor survey supported by powerful personal stories of our own employees and ex-Morson sponsored boxer Ricky Hatton. To download, visit www.morson.com/tackling-mental-healthFind out more
Morson Group are delighted to announce that our rail training division, Morson Vital Training (MVT), have won Best Apprenticeship at the Transport for London Supplier Awards 2018. The award was presented to members of the Morson Vital Training team at a cermony at the London Transport Museum in London on Wednesday 5th December. The annual awards are awarded by TfL to recognise the work their supply chain does with them across all of their operations. The awards are open to all suppliers and cross many categories including health, safety & environment, efficiencies, collaboration, and diversity & inclusion. MVT fought off competition from MTR Crossrail and Bombardier to take home the award, which was presented by the newly appointed CEO of Crossrail Mark Wild. During the presentation. Mark highlighted the significance of the category: "I heard an interesting stat that apprenticeships in every sector are declining apart from in the transportation sector, which is something to be really proud of. This is probably one of the most important awards of the night, actually." The submission highlighted MVT's record of putting quality before quantity, ensuring all apprentices are embedded with fundamental skills for their development as employees - including in aspects of their lives outside of basic rail training, such as finance. It also highlighted our commitment to social inclusion and mobilisation, with representatives within the London boroughs and wider groups working with a network of school and combined authorities to support, challenge and promote the benefits of engineering to a wide range of underrepresented groups. Matthew Leavis, head of UK training, said: "It's beyond satisfying to see the hard work and dedication of the team being recognised. We were up against some amazing competition and to walk away with the award feels fantastic and gives us a great sense of achievement. We hope the success of our low volume, high quality programme that offers the best possible learner journey will encourage more small scale, high quality programmes that meet the need for work-ready employees. We're not resting here though, and we're developing additional initiatives to further improve our service offering." MVT has an enviable track record within the industry, and in 2017 were awarded platinum 'best in class' by the National Skills Academy for Rail following an extensive audit of their operations. They have also recently introduced a new initiative to offer ex-forces veterans access to free training in order to aid their transition from the military into civilian life.Find out more
Our Operations Director, Adrian Adair has featured in the latest issue of Recruitment International Magazine discussing the importance of diversity in business and more specifically, in recruitment. Morson prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer that provides an inclusive environment to candidates and employees alike. We believe that diversity of thought promotes innovation by bringing multiple perspectives to discussions and decisions. 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. In October we hosted a unique panel event which brought together world-class leaders from various professions and industries to share their own stories and insights on leadership behaviours. They discussed ideas from creating inclusive cultures and leading successfully diverse teams to developing environments where all staff can thrive and reach their full potential. Read more about the event here. In a snippet from Recruiter International, Adrian Adair articulates why diversity and inclusion is core to Morson: “There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. Yet it isn’t just as easy as attracting talent from underrepresented groups, as a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out.” “We strive to ensure that our workforce represents our customers and society as a whole, which means recruiting from the widest talent pool and giving our people the tools, drivers and learning opportunities to reach their full potential, from entry to board level.” “We’re the only recruiter to commit to a target for increasing the number of female contractors that we employ and are using our own business as a sounding board to perfect our diversity initiatives and challenge stereotypes, so these can be rolled out to our clients to develop cultures that embrace change and ultimately outperform their peers” To find out more about our commitment to diversity, visit our diversity hub.Find out more
Morson is delighted to be named Top Employer for our work on gender inclusivity by employment website VERCIDA. The annual awards are highly competitive and include big industry names geared towards fair and people-focused employment. Entrants are judged according to factors like diversity initiatives within their own business, the amount and type of content shared on the VERCIDA website, partnerships with diverse initiatives, external awards received that year and how they rank as candidate favourites. Morson featured in the top ten list for gender inclusivity, a list which includes HS2, Atkins and Bloomberg. VERCIDA is a careers site tuned to diversity and inclusion that only works with employers committed to values, equality, respect, culture, inclusion, diversity and accessibility. Employers use this site to showcase who they are, the jobs they have and the working environment they wish to create in order to attract a rich variety of people. The panel behind the awards are keen to explore the power of using a diversity-led careers site to reach new audiences and promote diversity and inclusion at all levels. This is part of VERCIDA’s wider intentions to help build more successful and diverse teams by supporting and facilitating a wide skill mix to employers. VERCIDA Chief Executive Officer Morgan Lobb explained, “The power of what we do is to make job search about more than just a vacancy. It’s building an environment where people bring their whole self to work, talk about success and together remove the barriers to great employment. We’re proud to be standing with our award winners who have done this so much this year in changing the way we work for the better. I congratulate them all.” Adrian Adair, Chief Operations Officer for Morson International, said “As a business, we’re practising what we preach and leading by example and it’s great to see that celebrated with this award. We’re the only recruitment agency to commit to a target for the number of female contractors that we employ. That was good for us to put a stick in the ground and have something to aim for. That’s really enabled us to focus on what we’re trying to do and we look forward to continue to be a leading light.” For more information on our diversity activity check out our dedicated Diversity Hub.Find out more
Our engineering design consultancy Morson Projects is proud to announce a new partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines to manage its line maintenance operations at five UK based airports; Gatwick, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and East Midlands, safeguarding 65 jobs. Thomas Cook Airlines is one of Europe’s leading leisure airlines, with a fleet of 101 aircraft. The airline carries over 19 million customers per year to 120 destinations. In 2018, Morson Projects entered the MRO market as an EASA Part 145 approved maintenance provider. The Group already had excellent connections to the MRO industry and its engineers through recruitment arm Morson International and its activities in resource provision. Morson Projects EASA Part 145 approval takes these connections to the next level in delivering fully certified maintenance solutions for Morson Projects’ clients. We currently hold Line Maintenance approval on Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft and this contract with Thomas Cook will bolster our approval to now include Airbus A330. “Transferring five line stations simultaneously in any live operation is a challenging task. However, working closely with Thomas Cook Airlines, we have delivered a brand new operation without a single maintenance delay. It’s a real testament to the Morson Group’s ability to react, pool resource and deliver. I’m proud to be leading the team that have worked tirelessly over Christmas and New Year to deliver safely, efficiently and clinically in tight time scales. It’s been an incredible journey. We utilise proprietary systems that make us both modern and efficient. Our systems are unlike any I’ve worked with before and give us the capability to deliver for our customers in ways that were previously just not possible." - Scott Wells, Aircraft Engineering Director, Morson “Morson Projects started down the EASA Part 145 maintenance route just 12 months ago and by mid-summer this year we will be operating out of seven UK airports.” - Morson Projects’ Executive Director, Chris Burke “As an excellent provider of engineering and maintenance services, our new partnership with Morson Projects started seamlessly over the Christmas period. We look forward to working with Morson Projects moving forward.” - Paul Hutchings, Managing Director Operations, Thomas Cook Airlines Find out more about our engineering design constultancy Morson Projects hereFind out more
The Smith brothers are boxing's most successful family. Throughout their careers the brothers have scooped British, WBO and WBC titles between them, and in in 2013, the family made history when three of the brothers claimed the British light-middleweight (Liam), super-featherweight (Stephen), and super-middleweight (Paul) belts at the same time. In September 2018, youngest brother Callum added a WBSS win to the collection along with the WBA and Ring magazine super-middleweight world titles. Hosted by Morson, join Callum, Liam, Stephen and Paul Smith for an intimate Q&A session in the heart of their home city of Liverpool, as they discuss their illustrious careers, Callum's recent WBA super middleweight title win and how they've used their time under the bright lights on fight nights to raise awareness of a condition close to their hearts - autism. This is a ticketed event - please register your place hereFind out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ Rolls-Royce will build the world's fastest electric plane with a target speed of 300+ MPH Funded by ACCEL, the plane delivers 90% energy efficiency with zero emissions An ambitious team from Rolls-Royce has set out plans to build the world’s fastest electric plane which is expected to reach a target speed of 300+ MPH (480+ KMH). The specialist team are working tirelessly in a ‘bustling hanger bay” at the far end of Gloucestershire airport in the South West to design and build a plane that is expected to make record books. The current record for the fastest all-electric plane is currently set at 210 mph by Siemens in 2017, however, Rolls-Royce aim to knock them off the top spot by 2020. Matheu Parr, ACCEL Project Manager for Rolls-Royce said: "This plane will be powered by a state-of-the-art electrical system and the most powerful battery ever built for flight. In the year ahead, we’re going to demonstrate its abilities in demanding test environments before going for gold in 2020 from a landing strip on the Welsh coastline." If successful, the development could lead to electrification of air travel across the globe. The ACCEL project The project is part of the government-funded initiative called ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight) which brings together a number of partners including the Aerospace Technology Institute and Electro Flight. To deliver this project, Rolls-Royce will have to build a battery that is powerful enough to beat current speed and performance records whilst still being light enough to fly and not overheat. “We’re monitoring more than 20,000 data points per second, measuring battery voltage, temperature, and overall health of the powertrain, which is responsible for powering the propellers and generating thrust. We’ve already drawn a series of insights from the unique design and integration challenges,” says Parr. “And we’re gaining the know-how to not only pioneer the field of electric-powered, zero-emissions aviation – but to lead it. At this point, our confidence is sky high.” The details Battery - Accel has the most energy-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft, providing enough power to fly 200 miles (London to Paris) on a single charge. Motors - The propeller is driven by three high power density electric motors designed and manufactured by YASA in the UK. Powertrain - The all-electric powertrain will run at 750 volts and delivers 90% energy efficiency with zero emissions Big data - For safety and performance optimisation purposes, sensors will collect in-flight information each second across more than 20,000 points on the powertrain, measuring battery voltage, temperature and general performance metrics We recruit for cutting edge Aerospace roles at Morson. Create an account to stay up to date with the latest opportunities or search our current vacancies here. (Images and quotes sourced via Rolls-Royce.com)Find out more
Morson have partnered with RecruitmentSMART and their game-changing recruitment sourcing and screening technology, SniperAI. As part of our commitment to utilising the latest technology to aid in the recruitment process and following on from our further development of our end-to-end recruitment platform Vencuro, Morson have partnered with the system to improve our service offering to clients. The partnership will initially be in the form of a three month pilot period to enable integration with existing in-house systems and processes. With the recruitment process often slowed down by the labour-intensive process of sorting through a vast number of applications, SniperAI provides a game-changing technology that incorporates machine learning and auto screening to match job specifications to potential candidate CV’s at rapid speed. The technology can also leverage CV’s from older applications, meaning that potentially suitable historic applicants can still be matched with newer roles. This allows recruiters to spend time in candidate engagement rather than sourcing. Furthermore, the SniperAI technology removes any bias in terms of gender, age, background and more, which helps achieve greater diversity in the workplace. Some of the other unique features of SniperAI include a candidate skills gap map and training recommendations for candidates based on their latest CV information. The system supports over 100 languages. SniperAI featured as Recruiter magazine’s Game Changer technology in 2017. Ultimately, the system aims to save time, waste and further streamline the recruitment process, offering cost savings that are transferrable to clients. “We have chosen to partner with RecruitmentSMART because we believe the solution to be the most advanced and agile AI solution for recruitment in the market right now. We expect an almost immediate return on investment, as well as improved service to our many clients. The recruitment market is growing at an increasing rate due to skills shortages, emerging markets and an aging workforce. Like Morson, businesses are constantly upgrading their IT systems to meet the challenge of sourcing candidates quicker and more cost-effectively.” - Stinus Andersen, head of information systems at Morson “As a leader in Recruitment Process Outsourcing, we are delighted to welcome Morson Group as a new client. Enterprise-ready Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning for recruitment is rapidly changing how talent acquisition is done by freeing up recruiter time that may now be utilised to enhance both candidate and client experiences. We feel our SniperAI technology is a great fit for the business and their existing suite of recruitment technology, and we look forward to forming a great partnership.” - Kurt van den Eynden, Director of Sales "As and early pioneer of AI technology, we understand, better than most, the evolving role of talent acquisition and the opportunity for AI to support the fast moving talent industry, and have seen the immediate impact our technology has had on organisations of all sizes." - Yusuf Jazakallah, Co-Founder at Recruitment Smart We're committed harnessing the power of innovative technology to improve our service for clients and candidates alike. Read more about our bespoke recruitment technology VencuroFind out more
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | 2 MIN READ Find out why company culture is so important 75% of CEOs say that fast-changing market conditions are forcing them to reinvent themselves quicker than ever before COMPANY CULTURE AT A GLANCE Culture can be defined as the values and beliefs of a group of people that often evolves over time. To put it simply, culture has been described as “the way we do things around here” and is a key component in any business for many reasons. “It is clear that top talent want to work innovatively and organisations must foster innovative thinking. This will not only help retain the best talent but it will drive high-performance and efficiencies to gain a competitive advantage” - Ben Fitzgerald, Head of Professional Services, Morson. Business culture is something that is pre-existing in your company’s genetic code that is uniquely distinct to your business. It can impact management, recruitment, brand image and pretty much all aspects of a business from marketing right through to accounting. A business’s culture encompasses their behaviour, working style, beliefs, values, ethics, visions and even habits to form an overall unique offering. Innovative, agile cultures employee engaged people who seek answers and strive to create strong outcomes. WHY CULTURAL CHANGE IS SO IMPORTANT Previously the recruitment industry has been largely focused on what employers can get out of hiring top talent, however, this has been turned on its head with candidates asking, “what’s in it for me other than my salary?”. 75% of CEOs say that fast-changing market conditions are forcing them to reinvent themselves quicker than ever before. For organisations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often the most challenging part of the transformation. Research shows that workplaces with great cultures and high levels of wellbeing outperform their competitors. Caring for staff not only achieves your organisational duty as an employer but also drives quality, innovation and success. "94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is important to business success" If you would like to find out more about how to engineer cultural change, download our free guide below which explores what cultural change is, why it is so important for your business and how to engineer a cultural change as part of a successful growth strategyFind out more
DIVERSITY | 5 MIN READ Morson's Head of Marketing, Rebekah Lee makes the Future's List Creative industries leading a charge with more nominees Engineers, restaurateurs, pharmacists, entrepreneurs and disruptors recognised All Northern Powerhouse regions represented The Northern Power Women today have released the names of 100 women who have contributed to making a difference in their communities and raising awareness of gender equality across the North of England. The Power List celebrates women who challenge the norm and ensure that everyone they work with recognise the benefit of having a gender-balanced workplace. The Future List recognises the influencers and change-makers of the future who are already making a difference in their environments and communities. Northern Power Women is delighted to announce the 2019 Power and Future Lists to be celebrated at the fourth Northern Power Women Awards, which this year feature nominees from more sectors and more regions in the North. Morson are particuarly proud this year to be announced as the new sponsor for the NPW Future List, alongside the headline sponsor, Manchester Airports Group, who have partnered with NPW for the past two years. As NPW’s work championing diversity in the workplace and in business has gathered pace, the organisation has expanded its activities firmly across the entire Northern Powerhouse regions, “this means we can celebrate the work of more Power Women and bring a spotlight on their amazing achievements,” said NPW founder Simone Roche MBE. Different sectors are breaking new ground with inclusion in the Power and Future lists, with musicians, chefs and other creatives joining the bankers, entrepreneurs and other organisational leaders that have made the running in previous years. “This shows that celebrating inclusivity is high on everyone’s list of priorities,” added Roche, and it provides a welcome headache for the now 60-strong judging panel. Morson Global Operations Director expressed his delight to be sponsoring the Future's List this year: “We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer that provides an inclusive environment to candidates and employees alike. We recognise that diversity of thought promotes innovation by bringing multiple perspectives to discussions and decisions and we are looking forward to seeing the positive impacts made by those on this year’s lists.” One of Morson's own, Rebekah Lee, Head of Marketing has been featured in the Top 50 Future List, commenting on her fantastic achievement she said: "I'm delighted to be a part of the Nothern Power Women's Futures list which celebrates women and men working towards creating gender balance in organisations across the entire Northern Powerhouse. As head of marketing for Morson I operate in sectors hardest hit by imbalances and work to actively attract talent from untapped pools, ensuring there are no barriers in place to hold talented people back. I'm passionate about promoting diversity that goes beyond gender, working hard to challenge stigmas, open conversations and invite collaboration." New additions to the Power List, including former barrister, food writer and restaurateur Nisha Katona MBE, from the Wirral are similarly excited to be part of the evolving story that is Northern Power Women. Nisha said: “I’m delighted to be part of the Power List – I love how Northern Power Women celebrates great role models from all sectors and backgrounds and happy to be flying the flag for the vibrant hospitality and service industry. These are industries in which women need to make much more progress and I’m proud to be a part of this magnificent sector.” Another of our Power List Caroline Theobald CBE, Founder, FIRST which connects people for mutual advantage: (Entrepreneurs to money, management and new markets; companies to stakeholders and communities; young people to employment and enterprise and internationals to new opportunities). Caroline, from Newcastle upon Tyne, said “It gives recognition to what I’ve spent my working life trying to promote! Northern Power Women are active, resourceful and inclusive – three words that I hope describe me too!” The unfolding talent in the Future List will get their chance to take part in a platform that seeks to encourage the ‘up-and-coming’ in the North. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has even provided one of these young talents: “We are delighted that our apprentice at the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Emma Green, has been added to the Northern Power Women Future list,” said director Henri Murison. “Emma is our first apprentice and this accolade reinforces how apprentices are valued in the workplace and are extremely important to the future of the Northern Powerhouse.” Jodie Williams, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager for National Express and Director for the Yorkshire Diversity Festival has also been added to the Future List. Jodie grew up in a patriarchal society, in a poor, white neighbourhood, experiencing regular racism which gave her an understanding for greater equality. Jodie said, “As a society our differences make us stronger, they should be recognised, supported and celebrated – I’m delighted to be included in the Future List because it’s important to empower women, to shine lights on role models, create positive representations to pave the way for the next generation and show them that every and anything is possible, there is no limit, representation, empowerment matters. It’s brilliant to be a part of something which is creating long term sustainable change in equality.” The judges, too, welcome the chance to play their part: “It’s inspiring to see the remarkable work these nominees are doing across our North,” said Libby Annat, sustainability director of Primark. Fellow judge Marian Sudbury, Director of the UK Regions at the Department for International Trade, declared herself in “awe” of the nominees: “I absolutely loved being part of this process. The passion and dedication came across in every single nomination which made our work as judges extremely difficult. I was in complete awe of some of the remarkable work these nominees are doing across our regions and I’m pleased that these individuals are getting the recognition they thoroughly deserve.” And BBC North GM Adrian Mills expressed, “I really enjoyed being part of the judging process because I spent the day finding out about the amazing women making a difference across the North of England.” The inaugural awards started in March 2016, welcomed 440 influencers, leaders, change agents, and inspiring male and female role models, in 2017 520 celebrated success across the North and in 2018 580 attended receiving a record 950+ nominations. 2019 is already proving that there is a need to highlight the great people working towards a gender diverse workplace, currently on track for beating attendee records. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the hard work of the women and men across the North playing a part in Northern Power Women; Manchester Airports Group, Morson Group, Santander, YBS, NatWest, Liverpool FC, HSBC, MSP Global and EY. Simone Roche MBE, founder of Northern Power Women said: “I am extremely proud of these role models. They are amazing people doing fantastic work and they deserve every bit of recognition. Without the women on our Future and Power List it would be impossible for us to do what we do across the North. Each person named has played a part in driving forward the NPW agenda and have helped push out the boundaries” The new entrants will be celebrated at the Northern Power Women Awards with over 650 guests at Manchester Central Convention Complex on Monday 18 March, tickets available here. The fourth awards will also recognise the winners across 10 categories shortlisted from 900 nominations. 2019 Power List Alison Brittain CBE, Chief Executive, Whitbread Alyson Fadil, Chief People Officer, N Brown Group Plc Angela Seeney, Transformation Director, Sellafield Ltd Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England, Children’s Commissioner’s Office Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Caroline Theobald CBE, Chair, FIRST (trading name of First Face to Face Ltd) Christine Gaskell, MBE, DL, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership Debbie Francis, Managing Director, Direct Rail Services Ltd Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, Chair, The Scout Association Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive, The Innovation Agency Edwina Wolstencroft, Editor, BBC Radio 3, BBC Elia Montorio, Equity Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP Estelle Blanks, Executive Director, Innovation SuperNetwork Gail Jones, Managing Director, UKFast Hazel Blears, Non-Executive Director, Cooperative Group Heidi Mottram CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Northumbrian Water Group Helen Baker, Global Director of Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Sage Jackie Arnold MBE, Corporate Responsibility Lead, BAE Systems Jane Woods, Director, Operations EMEA Head of Portfolio Services, BNY Mellon Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Author/Campaigner, Freelance Jenn Hazlehurst, Partner, EY Julie Waring, Solicitor/Owner, Morecrofts LLP Solicitors Justine Andrew, Market Director, Education and Skills, KPMG LLP Karen Campbell-Williams, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton Lesley McPherson, Director of Communications, The Co-operative Bank Liz Tapner, Chief Executive Officer, Selnet Ltd Lucy Powell MP, MP for Manchester Central, Chair All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester, Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary / Mayoral Advisor on Equalities, TUC Lynn Cordall, Commercial Director, Damartex UK Ltd Nickie Gott OBE, Managing Director, She’s Got It Nisha Katona MBE, CEO, Mowgli Street Food Ltd. Pat Ritchie , Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council Pippa Wicks, Deputy CEO, Cooperative Group Professor Uduak Archibong MBE, Professor of Diversity, University of Bradford Qudsia Karim, Head of Consulting, Impact International Rachel Clacher, Co-founder, Moneypenny Rowena Burns, Chairman x 2, Manchester Science Partnerships and Health Innovation Manchester Ruth Harrison, UK Managing Director, ThoughtWorks Sally Carr MBE, Operational Director (Joint CEO), The Proud Trust Sandra Hill, Managing Director , Page Personnel Sarah Davies, Northern Powerhouse Lead, Environment Agency Sarah Glendinning, Regional Director, CBI Sarah Stewart OBE, Chief Executive, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative Shelley Alexander, Lead for Diversity and Women’s Sport, BBC Sport, BBC Stephanie Burras CBE, CEO, Ahead Partnership Susan Black PgDip, MCIPR, MSc, Director of Communications, Liverpool Football Club Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer Manchester Airport, MAG Wendy Tan-White MBE, Partner & Board Trustee , BGF Ventures & Alan Turing Institute Zohrah Zancudi, Director of Public Services, Calderdale Borough Council 2019 Future List sponsored by Morson Group Abi Ridley, Client Origination Analyst, Accenture Abigail Patel, National and North West Regional Council Student Representative and ABS Ambassador, The Manchester School of Architecture/ RIBA Aine McTiernan, Scale North Lead, PwC Alix Bolton, Head of People, Visualsoft Amanda Adeola, Associate Solicitor, BHP Law Amna Abdullatif, Children and Young People’s Lead, Women’s Aid Amy Campo McEvoy, Senior Network Manager, The Girls’ Network Amy Lynch, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, ThoughtWorks Anna Holland Smith, Programme Manager (Technology and Innovation Accelerator), The Hut Group Annalisa Toccara, Founder and CEO, Our Mel Charlene Lancaster, Director – Audit and Assurance services, Mazars LLP Charlotte Percy, Senior Associate Family Law Solicitor, McAlister Family Law Claire Eadington, Business Change Manager, Environment Agency, Defra group Colette Cronshaw, Project assistant, Riverside ECHG Dannie Spencer, Head of Legal, Allied London Deb Hetherington, Business Engagement Manager, Leeds Beckett University Dharini Patel, Senior Leader, Department for Education Diane Gleeson, Vending & Hot Beverage co-ordinator, Sodexo Dr Amanda Lamb, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Health Cities Emma Green, Digital Marketing Apprentice, Northern Powerhouse Partnership Fey Ijaware, Front-End Developer, Peninsula Gemma Smith, Senior Project Manager, Liverpool FC Foundation Georgena Clarke, In-house Employment Lawyer, OCS Group UK Limited Hannah Hosanee, Director, Consume Communications Ltd Heather Gray, Business Development Manager, Bruntwood Holly Wood, Founder and CEO, WeBlogNorth and the Northern Blog Awards Joanne Johns, Corporate Tax Manager, EY Jodie Hill, Managing Director and Solicitor, Thrive Law Jodie Williams, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager, National Express Kate Rylance, UX Research Manager, Shop Direct Kusum Trikha, Senior Engineer, WSP Laura Beattie, Co-founder, Careaux Laura Earnshaw, Founder and CEO, myHappymind Laura Nadel, Director, Head of Employment Legal North, PWC Lisa Miles, NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre Operations Manager, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Michelle Partington, Consultant, Mentis Training and Consultancy Najwa Jawahar, Senior Structural Engineer, WSP Nazia Rehman, Portfolio holder for finance, transformation and resources, Wigan Council Nicola Witter, Deanery Children and Families Worker/Singer, Dioecese of Manchester Nikki Barraclough, Executive Director, Prevent Breast Cancer Rachel Beattie, Director and Co-founder, Careaux Rachel Fraser, Head of Internal Communications & Engagement, MAG Rebekah Lee, Head of Marketing, Morson Group Rhiannon Carss, Head of Communications, Curtins Safiya Saeed, Youth project Co-ordinator, Reach up youth group Samantha Wilcock, Account Manager, Ombudsman Services Sarah McGuire, Group Head of Recruitment , MAG Tara Hewitt, Inclusion & Engagement Manager, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group Thorrun Govind, Pharmacist, Community Pharmacist Victoria Alcock, Assistant Director – Student Recruitment, EY To find out more about our commitment to diversity, visit our diversity hub.Find out more
CONSTRUCTION NEWS | 5 MIN READ Read the interview with Rhys Harris, Morson's Associate Director of Construction and EPB Find out about the latest industry trends in construction Rhys Harris, Associate Director of Construction and EPB has been featured in a new SIA report discussing industrial staffing in the UK and more specifically, industrial staffing solutions at Morson. The report highlighted that job growth has been the strongest in the mining, energy and water supply sector, with growth reaching double digits in quarter 3 of 2018. Job growth was mostly positive in 2017 for the construction and accommodation & food services sectors. A closer look at construction recruitment The construction industry is currently one of the most exciting sectors to work in with an appetite for new technologies, investment and challenging the status quo, with figures standing at 18% higher than it was twenty years ago. Other key industries mentioned in the report included employment in mining, energy and water supply which has risen steadily over the past two decades. Employment stood at 585,000 jobs in quarter 3 of 2018, which represents a 59% expansion from 367,000 jobs at the start of 1998. Interview with Rhys Harris, Associate Director at Morson International Please describe your industrial staffing business? “Roughly 25% of our group turnover is industrial staffing and all 60 of our UK offices support industrial staffing to some degree. We have an on-site presence at large clients and around 380 out of our 950 staff are involved with industrial staffing. Morson is one of the most experienced MSP providers in the UK, with over half of our turnover coming from MSP clients.” How is your industrial staffing business organised and what assignment lengths are most common? “We organise by industry sector, for example, construction, nuclear, manufacturing, rail, IT etc. Based on current contractor data, the average tenure is 21 months.” What trends do you see in pay rates and bill rates? “We have not seen a huge spike in pay rates although we expect this to change if there isn’t a clearer strategy very soon about the free movement of people from Europe into the UK. The flow of European labour coming into the UK is slowing and at an 8-year low.” Where are you seeing strong demand for temp workers? “We are seeing surges in requirements around the major UK infrastructure and energy projects, several major construction projects are taking place that will not only improve the lives of millions of people but also create tens of thousands of construction jobs. We have one project alone will require over 15,000 blue collar workers.” Currently, what factors are most important for industrial staffing firms to succeed? What can management do? “Listening to your clients and making sure you deliver it is very important. Studies have shown a diverse team is more innovative, so by building diversity strategies into your recruitment, you ensure you attract and source the widest range of people for your clients. You should always make sure your approach to talent attraction is innovative, forward thinking and really connects with the target audience.” With so many new technologies, where do staffing firms most need to innovate? “Recruiters will benefit from adopting automation in their sourcing. We are trailing software that pre-sorts and shortlists our candidates CVs – freeing recruiter time to support on added value initiatives with clients and source harder to fill roles. Our own technology supports our clients’ end-to-end recruitment process and integrates with job board aggregators such as Broadbean to deliver greater efficiencies.” If you’re interested in finding out more about the opportunities available with Morson, browse our current vacancies here.Find out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ Manchester overtakes Los Angeles and Chicago in the building boom 14,480 residential units are currently under construction, double that of two years ago Find your next opportunity by contacting Morson’s construction recruitment team New research from Deloitte states that Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and even overtakes the construction project numbers for Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. The annual crane survey revealed that Manchester has 14,480 residential units currently under construction, double that of two years ago. Not to mention 2,129 hotel rooms and 2,006,897 sq ft of office space being built. Just three large hotel completions in the city centre include easyHotel’s budget Bradley House (115 rooms), Motel One’s second opening on Cross Street (302 rooms) and StayCity in Gateway House (182 rooms). Partner and Regional Head at Deloitte Real Estate, Simon Bedford said: “If Manchester had featured in the recently published North American Crane Index, it would have ranked number two – behind Toronto but in front of Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago. That might have seemed like a remarkable stat a few years ago given Manchester only had one crane in the sky in 2011, but today the figure is a massive 78 sites under construction.” It is clear that gradually, Manchester’s skyline is transforming with international building designers leaving their mark on our vibrant city. Many of the construction projects have been backed by significant investment, a strong business community and an influx of new talent wanting to live and work in Manchester. Rhys Harris, Associate Director at Morson International said: “This is great news for Manchester and yet more evidence that the construction industry is booming. Coupled with the increase in cranes in the city, we are also experiencing a significant increase in the number of construction jobs available, giving candidates the perfect opportunity to progress their career with Morson.”Find out more