“Poaching” of skilled workers from Caithness-based firms to work at Dounreay is threatening to derail efforts to regenerate the local economy, it has being claimed. Former Highland councillor Gillian Coghill believes the drain of talent will leave the area a backwater once the rundown of the nuclear site starts to seriously bite. Dounreay Site Restoration (DSRL), the company responsible for the clean-up and demolition of Britain’s former centre of fast reactor research and development, responded to the claims by saying it aims to undertake its recruitment in a “fair and transparent manner” and is committed to supporting the local supply chain. The movement of staff from local firms to work at Dounreay has been an issue since the plant, near Thurso, was built more than 60 years ago. Mrs Coghill, a member of Dounreay Stakeholder Group, believes the problem lies in the way contracts are now awarded, with large contractors winning major jobs at the site and recruiting in the area. Local firms claim they cannot compete with the pay and conditions being offered.
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