Electrical sector searches for new talent

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Eastern Contracting is increasing its workforce by a tenth despite a tighttrading climate. The electrical engineering company aims to add around 100 new electriciansand electrical engineers to its 1,000 strong workforce because it is expectingan increase in telecoms and utilities contracts. Mark Jones, HR director at Eastern Contracting, has started recruitingthrough newspapers and is building up a database of people who want to work forthe company. He said, “The electrical contracting labour market has been buoyantover the past two years but has certainly tightened up over the past six months.”There is currently a real skills shortage of electricians. They arevery hard to find as not many are out of work at the moment.” He believes that the company’s people-focused strategy will help it recruit.”Our HR strategy is very much to train and develop our staff and nurturetheir careers. This is very different to some of our competitors which work toa ‘hire and fire’ approach.” The company has an annual turnover of £53m and was formed in 1998 from amanagement buyout of Eastern Electricity Contracting. The Engineering Employers Federation is predicting that up to 60,000 jobscould be lost in the engineering sector next year. Previous Article Next Article Electrical sector searches for new talentOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more