Our sympathy goes out to staff and supply chains hit by Carillion’s liquidation.
Fortunately, VGC has not been directly affected. “Our finance and commercial teams are reviewing our supply chain to identify any indirect exposure,” said VGC chairman Sean Fitzpatrick. “We are working with our framework partners who have been in joint ventures with Carillion to support them, and offer continued work by engaging affected personnel where we can.”
These include our client Morgan Sindall, which was working with Carillion in a joint venture on the A6 Manchester Airport relief road at the time of the collapse. Thanks to VGC’s well-established position on the Morgan Sindall labour desk, it was easy for us to support those workers originally sourced by Carillion’s SkyBlue recruitment arm.
Morgan Sindall asked us to engage with the SkyBlue workers, so they could continue as temporary agency workers on the project.
Within four days we had set up and inducted 34 staff onto our systems, with the result that the people concerned kept their jobs and lost no pay.
Similarly, we moved 25 staff on the north-west railway electrification seamlessly across to our contract for Siemens.
The projects continued without disruption.