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Barker Ross secures contract

Barker Ross secures contract to supply flexible staff to leading UK waste management business
Recruitment agency Barker Ross has secured a major contract to supply flexible staff to Veolia Environmental Services, the UKs leading waste management provider.
Veolia offers a wide range of waste management services to local authorities and commercial businesses and employs 93,000 people worldwide.
Working in partnership with the company, Barker Ross will provide staff on a flexible, subcontract basis to cope with peaks in its workload. The agency will also focus on supplying local staff to Veolias Nottinghamshire sites.
Many of the workers will be supplied to Veolias Mansfield Materials Recovery Facility, which was officially opened by the Minister of State for Environment and the Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council earlier this year.
Operated on behalf of the county council, the facility is a major part of a Private Finance Imitative waste management contract which is seeking to raise Nottinghamshires recycling rate to at least 52 per cent by 2020.
The Mansfield MRF is essentially a  state of the art sorting factory where dry recyclable items such as cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard put into residents home recycling bins can be separated and sent on to be re-processed for re-use.
With the capacity to sort around 85,000 tonnes per year, the site currently employs more than 60 people, many of whom are local and live within 10 miles of the facility.
Kevin Parker of Veolia said the company took its commitment to providing jobs for local people very seriously and would where possible use flexible staff from the Mansfield area when working with Barker Ross to meet peaks in demand.
Kevin added: We are committed to being a responsible and caring neighbour in the communities in which we operate, with recruitment of local people high on our list of priorities.
We look forward to working in partnership with Barker Ross to ensure we have a flexible workforce in place to supplement our existing teams as and when the need arises.
It is not yet known how many staff will be supplied to the Mansfield facility as numbers are expected to fluctuate in line with demand.
Barker Ross is also to supply locally-based staff to Veolias Sheffield site and is working with Action for Employment and the Jobcentre to place candidates.
As part of its services, the agency is offering Veolia on-line inductions for prospective flexible workers and has installed a biometrics time and attendance system revolutionary technology which positively identifies each employee when clocking, by scanning the unique size and shape of their hand.
Biometrics is now widely used at several of the large industrial and food manufacturing plants to which Barker Ross supplies labour and is currently being rolled out in the construction and energy sectors.


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