Every day, over 50 million consumers in England and Wales receive their sewerage services from one of 10 regional companies and their water services from one of 22 companies. Since the water and sewerage industry was privatised in 1989 a regulatory framework has been in place allowing the companies to invest more than £110 billion in maintaining and improving assets and services.
The main emphasis in the last 25 years has been on “outputs” with an emphasis on capital expenditure to meet legislative requirements and to achieve compliance. With the bulk of the CAPEX work now complete, there is a shift in focus towards “outcomes”, with a less prescriptive and a more customer centric approach that emphasises total expenditure, TOTEX. This new approach to AMP6 will require a culture of collaboration, innovation and customer focus.
The challenge in the water industry is one of balancing the competing pressures of higher levels of service, against affordability, that delivers the best customer outcomes. The efficiency pressures imposed by the regulator and the cyclic nature of the investment programme creates resourcing challenges. This is compounded by an increasing turnover of the work force, the upcoming retirement cliff and the ability to source the best talent, due to a hesitation of the younger generation to embrace STEM subjects and the perceived attractiveness of the water industry as a profession.
Construction and engineering professionals. A2O People utilise their relationships with the water companies and the key consultants and contractors to match your career requirements with the available job opportunities. If you already have water project experience as a Project Manager, Engineer, Construction Supervisor, Project Planner, Cost Control / Quantity Surveyor or in Health & Safety, or Quality Control, submit your CV and register on our mailing list to be kept up to date with developments in the water sector.
Diversity in the utility industry. Many utility and construction companies recognise the benefits of diversity and inclusiveness in alleviating the scarcity in suitably qualified resources and the increasing need for innovation. A2O People aim to help talented people from diverse backgrounds find a career in the construction and utility industries while providing the required support to help people flourish and reach their potential in their new role.
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Helping water utilities and their supply chain recruit the best candidates. A2O People’s strong networks within the water, construction and utility industries gives our clients a competitive advantage in sourcing talent for both permanent and contract roles. Our staff have worked in senior positions in the energy and water sectors which allows us to understand the role requirements and the right cultural fit when sourcing candidates. For more information go to our Employers page or submit a vacancy.
Helping water utilities and their supply chain secure local and diverse candidates. Utility organisations recognise the need to support their local communities while employing a workforce that reflects the diversity of their customer base. A2O People have a particular capability in diversity recruitment partnering with utilities, consultant and contractor organisations to source suitably qualified women, disabled and ethnic minority candidates and helping our clients to achieve community and diversity goals while reaping the benefits of diversity by securing scarce resources from the widest possible talent pool. For more information go to our Diversity page.
HR consultancy focused on the utility sector. A2O People was founded on the premise that the utility industry has its own context and dynamics that need to be understood in order to provide effective solutions in the areas of recruitment, engagement, collaboration, change management, well-being and people development. While many initiatives may be effective in the short-term their sustainability is the true test of their effectiveness. Recruiting the best, establishing high levels of Engagement with employees and communities and Sustaining this commitment are becoming the fundamentals of good management. This is where A2O People can help utility and construction businesses to excel, providing a deeper and more diverse talent pool, supporting local communities, and unlocking the potential of their employees. For more information go to our consultancy services overview.