Engineering firm advertising jobs

By Christine Linnell

Liddell Contracting, which last year scaled back its Greymouth operation, is advertising for three additional employees after months of slow but steady improvement.
The engineering company downsized its civil department last April due to an economic slump on the West Coast.
Operations manager Anna Liddell said the new jobs were due to a shift in the company’s focus and a better economic outlook.
“We have a good workload out front for the next six months.”
Last April, five workers were made redundant and other full-time staff were given reduced hours.
Mrs Liddell said at the time they would sell off their surplus civil materials and focus more on engineering work, blasting and painting.
Since then, the demand for contractors in those areas had picked up, giving the company a welcome boost.
“It’s not a huge step up, as we had some staff move on (to) other offers. But it has stabilised a lot in the last six months.”
Now the challenge was to find qualified workers.
“There’s always been a skills shortage on the West Coast. We had an ad campaign before Christmas, but there were no applicants. The Christchurch rebuild is sucking all the trained staff out of the pool.”