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Operator shortages lead Barker Ross Civil Engineering to offer certification for foundation piling operatives

A shortage of foundation piling operatives had led recruitment company, Barker Ross, to offer to meet the costs of certification for those with the necessary skills but who lack the current documents to enable them to work in the construction and civil engineering sectors.

Foundation piling is an area of growing demand as activity picks up on major infrastructure and housing projects. A lack of trained and qualified individuals has meant projects can be slow to start.

Antony Rowe, operations director for Barker Ross Construction and Barker Ross Civil Engineering, which have been supplying major contractors in the UK with management and skilled operatives since 2009, says:

“We are seeing a continual increase in demand as the economy picks up. As the construction industry tries to keep pace, it appears as though some skills may have been lost during the recession.”

“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.”


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Contact details: Suzanne Orsler, Tel 07813 131350,
Jackie Moore, Tel 0759 893476,

Established in 1988, Barker Ross quickly established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading construction and civil Engineering specialists, providing a broad range of recruitment solutions to main contractors, sub contractors, specialist consultancies and developers.

Barker Ross recruitment consultants work within vertical markets that allow them to become sector specialists. Consultants working for Barker Ross Construction and Barker Ross Civil Engineering supply bespoke recruitment solutions to the civil engineering and construction sectors at all levels including trades and labour, skilled operatives, and management.

At the site level Barker Ross offer a full range of experienced, skilled & qualified operators to cover CFA, Rotary, Diaphragm Wall/Grab Work, Mini Piling, Driven Piling. Barker Ross candidates can be provided with a full Drugs & Alcohol & Pre Employment medical test. All tests are CBH approved.

The Barker Ross Group has dedicated recruitment teams operating in the food, agriculture, waste, industrial, logistics construction, civil engineering, energy and housing sectors. All teams source and supply temporary, contract and permanent workers.

The group also includes Cardea, a recruitment business serving the health and social care sectors.
The Barker Ross Group has offices across the UK, in Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Durham & London.