WSP aims to hire 2000 new people in the UK and Ireland this year – New Civil Engineer

21 Apr, 2022 By Rob Hakimian
UK engineering and professional services consultancy WSP has set a target of hiring 2,000 new employees across the UK and Ireland before the end of 2022.
The firm currently employs over 7,000 people in the UK and Ireland, supporting public and private sector clients. It is heavily involved with HS2’s new stations at Old Oak Common and Curzon Street and is involved in National Highways’ net zero highways ambition.
The 2,000 new roles will be spread across all of WSP’s UK interests, expanding its involvements in rail, water, planning, highways and building structures. There will also be openings in the legal, finance and marketing & communications departments.
However the areas earmarked for the most significant growth are WSP’s earth & environment and advisory services disciplines. This will involve creating new roles for ecologists, climate specialists, digital specialists, economists and technical due diligence specialists.
The initiative also includes a pledge to create 350 graduate and 96 apprenticeship roles this year, further WSP’s commitment to developing opportunities for early career professionals in the built and natural environment.
WSP UK director of recruitment and HR operational services Carol White said: “The ambition within WSP to recruit the best people in the industry to work on some of the UK’s most exciting projects is embodied by this significant recruitment drive.
At the height of the pandemic, WSP UK chief executive Mark Naysmith told NCE that it was essential for businesses to maintain their talent for a strong post-Covid recovery.
In the end, the company was forced to make some redundancies. A WSP spokesperson said: “To address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we considered a number of different options to protect our business, employees and best serve the needs of our clients; this included reductions in temporary and agency staff but we also made the difficult decision to make some roles redundant in 2020.”
WSP would not confirm the number of redundancies made.
Now it seems the company is bouncing back with significant growth that will also be a boost for the future of the industry.
“It’s truly exciting to see such investment in our business through its people, particularly when those working within the built and natural environment have vital skills to address the climate and biodiversity crises through their designs and advice.”
WSP chief operating officer Mathieu du Plooy said: “WSP has three core focus areas – our people, projects and clients. Recruiting and retaining the best people enables us to provide our clients with industry-leading designs and advice on some of the most innovative projects anywhere in the world.
“Our new Growth Strategy makes WSP UK’s ambitions very clear: we intend to build on our market-leading position across a number of exciting sectors, provide opportunities for our people to work on fantastic projects, and push our ingenuity forward to become future ready together. Having the best people in the industry will support the business in delivering on these ambitions.”
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