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Skilled operator shortage reported by foundation recruiter

Demand for piling operatives is currently outstripping supply, according to recruitment agency Barker Ross Civil Engineering.

The company is now offering to meet the cost of certification for those with the right skills but lacking it current documents to enable them to work in the industry.

“We are seeing a continual increase in demand as the economy picks and it appears as though some skills, such as piling, may have been lost during the recession,” said Barker Ross Construction and Barker Ross Civil Engineering operations director Antony Rowe.

“Piling is a very specialist operation, and we are seeing a distinct skills shortage which is holding up projects. There is such a lack of talent that contractors are utilising European workers to fill jobs.  To help our clients, we have decided to pay for certification for competent piling operatives so we can fill positions on our books. These workers are skilled operatives, who just lack the necessary paperwork who are needed on site sooner rather than later.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • I have worked as a driller with Cementation Pilling for 18 years on many different rigs and all types of drilling procedures. I left the company to pursue a career in counselling for which i gained a degree.

    Over the last couple of years counselling work has proved hard to come buy, and i now find myself searching for full-time employment.

    One of the main reasons i left drilling with Cementation was they could never keep you in work for long periods and as a consequence you would find yourself put back in the house waiting on jobs starting which was not practical.

    I have had conversations with my ex work mates who still work with Cementation although they now do not employ. They told me
    barker Ross employ drillers through their agency. Is it possible to be employed on a self employed basis and do you have work abroad for long contracts that would gaurantee constant work as this was why i left drilling in the first place.

    I have years of drilling experience and if possible would consider driller foreman work. I would really like to work abroad at this time in my life and have no objection if you want to contact Cementation for a reference,just ask to speak with George Renyolds.



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  • Thoms Trent Doncaster. I have worked in Pilling most of my life and have enjoyed my time. The company i worked for has no work just now and i do feel my experience would be invaluable to any company that would employe me. I would like to work for barker ross as they are giving guys like myself the opportunity to work in drilling.

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  • William short Leeds. I am looking for drilling work with barker Ross as they employ you through there agency.

    I worked for kellor collcrete for many years and have gained so much experience and i feel i can offer my experience to barker ross and i do thank them for the opportunity to work in this industry again and i will not let them down.

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