Construction Engineering News – What Happened In January 18?
Few construction engineering professionals in the UK and worldwide will have missed the headline grabbing news of Carillion’s collapse. Not a great start to the year for those affected and at Energi People we are working hard to find candidates new roles where needed.
However, in other areas of the sector there were some good news stories.
SSE announced that it is one of 104 companies from ten sectors to join the inaugural 2018 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). This new reference index provides a benchmark for companies in 24 countries and measures gender equality across internal company statistics, employee policies, external community support and engagement, and gender-conscious product offerings.
Having supported SSE on a number of occasions with technical recruitment services, we are delighted that they are one of the 6 UK companies to be included in the GEI.
Rosie MacRae, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at SSE, said:
“As an organisation truly committed to long-term change, we believe open and honest disclosure of data is key to helping us understand how we can continue to improve at organisational-level and be a leader for driving change in our industry and wider society.”
Traditionally the energy sector, as with many other STEM industries, does not have a strong reputation for gender diversity, so it is encouraging to see companies like SSE receiving recognition for their achievements. Gradually more and more women are taking on technical roles, although there is still a long way to go, the GEI is a great way to motivate companies to take a look at their gender equality policies and promote best practice.
Another notable announcement in January from our client Crossrail Limited was the publication of new research showing the impact of Elizabeth line on regeneration in London and across the South East.
Key findings from the study – Crossrail Property Impact & Regeneration Study: 2012 – 2026 – include a significantly higher number of new homes being built along the route than previously predicted. Instead of the 57,000 homes predicated by 2021 in the previous report, the new forecast is for 90,599 new homes along the route by 2021 and 180,000 by 2026.
Following the publication of this study Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited, said:
“Crossrail is delivering more than just a railway. As well as cutting journey times and giving passengers more options, it is driving regeneration across London and the South East. With less than a year to go until the Elizabeth line opens, this new report by GVA reveals the true extent of the impact, and lays out some of the key lessons for future infrastructure projects.”
Great news for those areas in and outside London who are benefiting from regeneration, and also for the construction job market.
Finally some news from Energi People. It was announced last month that our blog – the one you’re reading now- has won an industry award for best Recruitment Agency Blog of the Year 2017! The winners announcement for The UK Recruiter’s annual awards gave our team something to celebrate when we returned to work in January. Category sponsors Back Office Support Services said
“Everyone at Back Office Support Services is delighted for Energi People. With a great blend of intuitive content for both the candidates and the engineering sector, they’re a worthy winner in such a hard fought blog category.”
Photos of our trophy will follow soon…
If you have any news your company would like to share with us, please get in touch. Email me [email protected] – sharing what’s happening in your part of the construction engineering world. We would love to celebrate our clients’ success stories with our readers.