Hays Reports Skilled Engineers Needed To Work On Infrastructure
on: October 14, 2009, 7:30 am
Author: Alexandra Tucker
recruiter, Hays Civil & Structural has reported that professionals
with previous railways, highways bridges, transport planning and
drainage experience are highly sought after in the current market.
to the upgrading of the railways infrastructure demand has been
created for rail
engineers to work on a variety of projects, including station
design, resignalling, refurbishment and maintenance schemes.
signal, civil and electrification engineers are all prized skills
and roles for engineers exist at both intermediate and senior
level. There are opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly
within design, planning and pre-contract commercial management,
to work on major projects such as Crossrail," said Sean Fitzgerald,
senior consultant at Hays Civil & Structural.
has also been a steady requirement for infrastructure engineering
experience, particularly those individuals with a strong design
and maintenance background. Highways design, road and junction
design and street lighting experience are all sought after skills.
A good all round knowledge of different projects, Highways Agency
and local authority experience is also a definite plus.
need to be flexible and keep an open mind regarding rates, location,
projects and employers," noted Katherine Whipps, manager
at Hays Civil & Structural.
assessment, inspection and maintenance of bridge structures has
also created opportunities for qualified structural bridge
engineers and bridge inspectors to work on the UK's canals
added: "Knowledge of bridge design software and the BS5400
code of practice are pre-requisites for these roles."
resilient areas are transport
planning and modelling, geotechnical, water and environment.
are looking for technical expertise in PDS, MX, Micro Drainage,
traffic and transport modelling software, such as Arcady, Picady,
Oscady and Saturn," continues Ben Haigh, manager at Hays
Civil & Structural. Demand for senior business development
managers has also remained steady: "Organisations are looking
for individuals with commercial skills who can generate business,
which is so crucial during a downturn."
current market situation in which jobseekers are competing for
fewer jobs means that more care must be afforded to the job application
process. Careful preparation is needed for CVs and interviews
for jobseekers to get noticed
by employers and stand a better chance of securing a role. However,
a recent survey by Hays found that almost half (43%) had not witnessed
any improvement in the quality of applications.
is important for candidates to highlight all their relevant skills
and include details of the projects they've worked on and they
must quantify any cost savings that may have resulted from their
recommendations," added Haigh.
recruitment activity for engineering
jobs has slowed, employers are still keen to hire specialist
skills and experience, particularly for rail, highways, bridges,
drainage, environmental and transport engineers. While the majority
of roles require previous public sector experience and strong
technical skills, organisations are also looking for individuals
with first-class communication and commercial skills.
Hays Civil & Structural:
Hays Civil & Structural is part of Hays plc, the leading global
recruitment group. It is market leader in the UK and Australia,
and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. The Group
employs 8,294 staff operating from 380 offices in 28 countries
across 17 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2008 the Group
had revenues of £2.5 billion, net fees of £786.8 million
and operating profit before exceptional items of £253.8
million; the Group placed around 80,000 candidates into permanent
jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments and
the temporary placement business represented 49% of net fees and
the permanent placement business represented 51% of net fees.
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