Stanley-based, roofing and building maintenance specialist, Hodgson Sayers, is set to employ up to 50 roof slaters and tilers over the next six months, as contracts won immediately prior to the March pandemic lockdown and then placed on hold, are now activated.
The company has seen a surge in contracts being given the go-ahead from public sector clients and tender frameworks in its traditional North East heartland and across the Midlands and the South, which it services from a base it opened in Nottingham in 2018. Demand has been further increased by a number of separate projects won during the summer period.
John Sayers, managing director, Hodgson Sayers, said: “There certainly appears to be confidence coming back to the market and we are very pleased that some substantial contracts that had been frozen have now been opened. Based on this, we see the need to recruit up to 50 tradespeople over the next few months.
“However, we do need to be slightly cautious and will be recruiting in groups of about ten at a time. The reason being partly that while medium term prospects do look good, we don’t have, as yet, a full and informed view as to how the long term looks, so we need to bring people on-board at the right time. We are also heavily reliant on the materials supply chain. During the pandemic we have, on various occasions, found it difficult to access product due to a key supplier not being operational or stocks being unavailable. If the supply chain works as it should, we will be in a strong position.”
While the company has a large client base across the North East, it has won a number of contracts in the Midlands and the South with public sector bodies such as South Holland District Council, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and Derby Homes (part of Efficiency East Midlands framework), since opening a Nottingham base two years ago.
John Sayers, added: “During the pandemic we have kept in regular contact with our clients to understand the pressures they are facing and to reassure them that we are there for them when they decide to release the contracts.
“It is very pleasing to see that our Nottingham base is generating strong business and that we are no longer solely reliant on the North East market, which has been our bedrock for decades. This diversification can only be good for the business and there is no doubt that as we grow nationally we will be in a good position to introduce further employment opportunities at our headquarters in Stanley, County Durham.
“As with so many companies operating in the construction sector, the March lockdown had a dramatic impact on our business and this resulted in half of the workforce being furloughed with some subsequently being made redundant. We did not close down completely as a number of our clients either manage, or safeguard the national infrastructure, and we needed to be available to meet their needs.
“During the past six months our priority has been the safety and wellbeing of all our staff, who we are extremely proud of and we are delighted that we are once again in a position to add to the headcount.”