The insolvency of Carillion, the UK’s second biggest construction company, has shocked many within the UK infrastructure industry. The unsettling news for the existing 20,000 employees has left many looking for answers, and looking for additional avenues of employment. In addition, it is estimated that up to 30,000 small firms that supplied Carillion may also be affected.
Industry bodies are working on ways to support Carillion workers, including BuildUK and CECA, who have proposed a four-point plan to mitigate the impact on both staff and suppliers. And many existing projects, particularly those with joint venture partners, will continue to go ahead with staff being reallocated to another JV partner.
While some projects, such as the £96m Lincoln Eastern Bypass have been halted for retendering, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement and £550m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route projects will see the JV partners – Balfour Beatty on the former and Balfour and Galliford Try on the latter – pick up the rest of the work. Highways England’s Smart Motorway programme, which Carillion was working on with Kier, also has contingency plans in place for continued delivery.
Within rail, Network Rail has said they will be activating contingency plans to appoint new contractors to take over Carillion’s projects. The HS2 joint venture, CEK – including Carillion, Kier, and Eiffage (a French contractor) – is also putting similar plans in place.
The government, many private firms and PricewaterhouseCoopers have pledged to continue to pay Carillion staff and advised them to continue to turn up for work. However, for many, the uncertainty will outweigh the benefits of remaining in their current role.
Here to Help
Being so diverse, Carillion operated in a range of sectors, including highways and rail. With over 800 UK and international jobs currently advertised on the Maxim Recruitment website, there are plenty of building construction and civil infrastructure opportunities for anyone affected by the collapse.
We have a wide range of roles including site managers, quantity surveyors, and estimators.
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Senior Contracts Administrator, Heathrow – working for a top-end construction and management consultancy
Site Manager, East Midlands – managing residential projects for one of the Midlands largest construction businesses
If you were interested in working abroad or considering returning, Maxim can help you find the right role.
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At Maxim, we understand that Carillion staff are facing a difficult time, and are here to help. If you are a Carillion employee looking for a new role, please get in touch or register for our job alerts and let us take the strain of looking for a new position for you.