Engineers contracting as Umbrella Company Employees may well find themselves contacted by engineering recruitment specialist Matchtech in the near future, as the company has just been named one of four preferred agencies to source skilled contractors for the huge A14 improvement scheme.

This will be one of the biggest road improvement projects in the UK, covering the 21 miles stretch between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Matchtech now stands alongside Balfour Beatty, Carillion Costain and Skanska. Between them, they will deliver the ambitious Highways England project, which aims to significantly ease traffic congestion, pave the way for economic growth, improve the environment and increase the safety of drivers using the road.

The £1.5 billion project has been funded by the Government and will create an immense number of both permanent and contracting roles over the coming four years. High priority skillsets for the scheme include engineers, foremen, project managers, supervisors, quantity surveyors, planners and agents.

Matchtech’s Transportation and Planning Department Co-ordinator, Joe Wilson, told Recruitment International:

“With our previous experience supplying engineers to work on major roads projects across the UK, Matchtech is well placed to help find talented professionals to work on this exciting project.”

Speaking for Highways England, Chris Taylor, the project’s Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) described the approval of the Cambridge to Huntington scheme as excellent news for skilled workers in the road construction industry.

He added:

“Highways England is investing in talent in order to deliver better, safer roads as part of the government’s record road infrastructure investment over the coming years. The people we hire today will help create the country’s motorways and major A-roads of tomorrow, which will significantly improve journeys and in turn unlock growth and help create new jobs.”

The project is expected to be open for traffic by the close of 2020. The new piece of the A14 will come with improved junctions, and improved connections for road users will be achieved by the separation of local traffic. The new stretch of road will provide considerablly more efficient connections for drivers and road passengers and generate a host of new benefits to transport service providers and businesses.

The development of the local area is expected to be dramatically enhanced, while contractors with the requisite skills sets can look forward to a jobs bonanza.

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