Bridgwater firms struggling to recruit skilled staff in wake of Hinkley C. MANY businesses in Bridgwater claim they are facing difficulties recruiting staff because they struggle to compete with wages offered by EDF Energy at Hinkley C. At a ‘Meet Your MP’ event held by Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre on Friday (January 2), one of the main concerns highlighted by business representatives was the cost of business rates and recruitment issues. David Pomeroy, managing director of family business Monmouth Scientific, said: “The price for land for business use is astronomically expensive. “I am considering moving part of my business out of the town – I do not want to, I am Bridgwater born and bred – but if I were to move part of my business to Warrington, I could rent for half the price and there would be staff readily available whereas it is proving more and more difficult to recruit here. I have advertised three jobs in the past 10 days, these are well-paid, full-time service engineer jobs which allow people to travel around the country but there are not enough skilled workers in the town. “And it is not just skilled workers, when we used to advertise for an office assistant you could get 150 applications, now we get less than 15.”
Bridgwater Mercury 5th Feb 2018 read more »
13 new steel-fixing apprentices join the on-site team at Hinkley Point C. EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C contract partner BYLOR has recruited 13 new steel-fixing apprentices to join its on-site team – six of whom are from the local area. BYLOR is a joint venture between Bouygues TP, a worldwide construction organisation with considerable experience in the nuclear sector, and Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s largest privately-owned engineering and construction contractor.
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