Aecom added more civil and structural engineers to its books in the last calendar year than any UK-based consultant, exclusive research by NCE can reveal.
NCE has analysed the 200-plus entries to the 2013 Consultants File, published this week to discover which firms have recruited most in the last year. The analysis reveals that the 20 firms doing the most recruitment cab between them report an additional 4,542 civil and structural engineers on their books as of 1 January 2013, an increase of 9% on the year before.
US giant Aecom’s UK-based European operation has emerged as the biggest recruiter, adding 638 engineers and taking its total to 4,048. It said it has an “ambitious recruitment programme” and plans for a “continuous investment in staff and skills”.
Another US giant, URS, emerged as second biggest recruiter, adding 540 engineers and taking its total tally to 5,340. It operates its international arm from the UK and recruitment in Europe and India has been focus during the last year.
UK owned Atkins was third on the list, adding 489 engineers and taking its tally to 7,586. Rounding out the top five are ERM and Hyder.
Amey, Turner & Townsend, Buro Happold, Mace and WSP make up the remainder of the top 10. Arup comes in at number 11, Mott MacDonald at 12, Parsons Brinckerhoff at 14 and Pell Frischmann at 15.
See the full Top 20 list and read why they have been recruiting in our in-depth feature; click the link to the right of the page.