As the building sector starts to bounce back, with the government announcing new work growing by 22% and repair and maintenance by 26%; this is certainly reflected in the current burst of activity we are experiencing in the mechanical and electrical (M&E) sector.
Over the years, we have built a reputation on providing a level of service second to none. This is shown in the number of testimonials received from both employees looking to recruit and individuals searching for a new position.
Covid-19 has obviously had a major impact on the recruitment business over the last few months and we have not escaped the downturn. However, as a specialist agency we have managed to retain our highly knowledgeable staff who continue to work with technical and trades sectors to supply both temporary and permanent mechanical and electrical staff throughout the UK.
Having a specialist team working full time in-house means we are able to spend more time in fully understanding your employment requirements to ensure a perfect fit. This includes making sure all candidates have the relevant qualifications and accreditations in place.
We also work closely with industry bodies, such as the Joint Industry Board, Construction Industry Training Board and government agencies, to certify that all candidates are accredited to undertake the role in question. For example, for Gas service and breakdown vacancies essential qualifications will include a certification by the National Accreditation Certification scheme (ACS) as well as an advanced City & Guilds diploma or equivalent in gas or plumbing.
In addition, all subcontract gas engineers are legally required to show evidence of gas safety competence, be on the Gas Safe register and hold relevant insurances.
Having said that, vacancies in the mechanical and electrical industry cover a wide and diverse range of skill sets. We believe the first-hand knowledge and vast experience of our team members plays a major role in the renowned track record we have gained over the past ten years.
On any day, we can find ourselves recruiting for gas engineers, plumbers, dual fuel engineers, pipe fitters, air conditioning, HVAC engineers, Electrical installers, Maintenance Electricians, EV Charge point installers as well as fire and security electrical technicians.
In fact, every day brings new opportunities to get the country back on its feet and on the road to recovery. This has recently included recruiting for a home appliance gas / electrical installer to work for one of the UK’s biggest retailers as well as plumbing and heating engineers to join a gas service and breakdown company. All on a permanent basis.
But of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. A long standing background allows us to offer clients an ever growing resource support package as well as tapping into a hand-picked pool of highly skilled and appropriately qualified candidates.
We don’t just operate on a local basis either, we have nationwide clients who call us first when they have a requirement. It could be anything from a commercial heating service provider, looking for a service and maintenance engineer with experience working on steam boilers, to an electrical project manager for the new build sector.
As a leading recruitment partner in the building services industry we wholeheartedly support the ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ programme created by the Construction Leadership Council. This is a strategy designed to drive the recovery of the UK economy, following the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the building industry, with an increase in construction activity.
Although the report admits that it will be at least two years before lost output will be regained, there are some recommendations we have already applied to our current recruitment process. One of these is to encourage those looking for positions in mechanical and electrical engineering to have an awareness of what skills will help secure employment in the post-Covid ‘new normal’.
Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has already kick started the UK’s economic recovery with his £2b green homes grant aid. This is aimed at providing over 600,000 households with energy efficiency upgrades. As Rishi Sunak says, ‘this is going to be a green recovery with concerns for our environment at its heart’.
According to the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) it is vitally important that we have a skill base that can deliver the government’s ambitious plans for green recovery and low carbon economy for the UK. This means that mechanical and electrical engineers will be an integral part of the road to recovery.
There is no doubt, the government is placing renewable energy and clean technology at the forefront of its Covid-19 recovery, with an emphasis on developing a highly skilled workforce of new ‘green’ employment.
This means that employers in the M&E sectors are now looking for enhanced skills that will help them compete in a net zero future while employees are, unquestionably, assessing what extra skills are required to increase their desirability for employers.