Despite the global economic downturn and the recent slump in the telecommunications industry, electrical engineering specialist Eastern Contracting is recruiting up to 60 engineers as it continues to expand its customer base.
The contractor is planning to recruit around 20 engineers this year, and a further 20-40 within the next 18 months, said Julie Nightingale, Eastern’s personnel and development manager. ‘We have vacancies at the moment for about 20 engineers, but we are anticipating that we will continue to grow, so we are trying to build up our database.’
Unlike many firms, Eastern Contracting, which employs over 1,000 staff, has been able to adapt to the slowdown in the economy and continue to expand, as it has been successful in building its customer base across a variety of sectors, said Nightingale. ‘We are continuing to grow because we have got into niche sectors of the market and because of the quality of our work. We try to work in partnership with our customers wherever possible, and to build good relationships with them, so they keep coming back.’
Despite the severe downturn in the telecommunications sector, the division is still Eastern’s busiest and fastest growing market, said Nightingale. ‘Despite all the problems we are still extremely busy. We are doing a lot of work for companies like Nokia, on their 2.5G networks.’
The company is looking for electrical engineers with a background in a range of sectors, to work at its sites in London and East Anglia. ‘We are seeking a mixture of engineers, from those with two or three years’ experience to work as part of a project team, to very experienced project managers who would tend to manage multiple jobs or larger contracts.’
Professionals joining the firm could work in a range of sectors, from high-voltage engineering for regional electricity companies, to the design and installation of mobile phone systems. This diversity offers its engineers the opportunity to move into new areas, said Nightingale. ‘There are very varied opportunities, and there will be more in the future. Because we are involved in so many different businesssectors, it sets us apart from other electrical contractors.’