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Surge in demand for energy jobs is helping to rebuild Britain

Posted by Catherine Tidy on 28/01/2022
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A SURGE in demand for technical and engineering roles in the nuclear, power and energy industries is playing its part in rebuilding Britain and helping create sustainable solutions for the future. 


This huge growth to supply highly-skilled jobs in these sectors is putting Russell Taylor Group’s Technical and Engineering team on track for a bumper trading year ahead. 


Said Steve McCarthy, Technical and Engineering operations manager: “Continuing demand for positions like qualified project engineers, control systems engineers and quantity surveyors shows the strength of the marketplace. 


“Even at the height of the pandemic, there was no let-up in working to fill key technical vacancies for clients. Coming back in January after the Christmas break could have had a negative impact on the operation – but the opposite was the case. 


“While many were bracing themselves for a recession, Russell Taylor became an integral part of a post pandemic move to rebuild Britain’s energy infrastructure. 


“The future’s looking great too with forecasts predicting a busy and profitable year ahead.” 


At the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, where EDF is building two new nuclear reactors, the number of people working on the site in Somerset currently stands at more than 6,000, compared with 1,500 when pandemic figures were at their highest last year.  


During the coming year, 1,700 more are expected to be hired there as this new generation of power stations begins to provide zero carbon electricity to help the UK reach its carbon emissions target. 


Low carbon hydrogen will be distributed from the world’s first Low Carbon Hydrogen Plant at Essar Oil UK’s Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port which, when fully operational, will each year capture the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road. 


Meanwhile, in Cumbria a brand new plant will help empty Sellafield’s most hazardous nuclear waste stores, playing a key role in the mission to create a safe environment for future generations. 


And at the UK’s largest dockyard, the Royal Dockyard at Devonport, Plymouth, a two-year redevelopment project will see dock walls strengthened and a higher barrier created to prevent flooding in the event of sea levels rising due to climate change. 


Steve added: “Vital projects such as these, particularly those putting the energy sector at the forefront of decarbonisation, are giving a boost to many thousands of jobs throughout the country as we emerge from tough times. 


“Here at Russell Taylor we too are experiencing our own surge on the employment front and are keen to recruit more consultants to cope with the demand facing us over the coming years from our clients in the energy, nuclear, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, defence and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. 


“What we’re looking for are people who are driven, have the motivation to succeed, are confident and have good communication skills. Most of all, they – like all the team here – will put the focus of their energy on matching the right person and their particular skills to make a perfect fit for the hiring client.” 


Steve McCarthy can be contacted by email at or by phone on 0151-304 7034.