Challenging contracts that demand high levels of skills and the variety of work that comes Mayflower’s way play an important part in helping the company to retain skilled workers, according to managing director Kevan Bingham.
“We keep our people because I think they get something out of the high standard of work which we are required to produce and because they are not making widgets; not repeating jobs,” he says.
But the skills required also make it difficult to recruit the right people to help the company cope with an increasing order book that includes a pump manufacturer that plans to double production, which could mean sending twice as many castings to Mayflower’s factory for machining next year.
“Our biggest problem at the moment is identifying and employing skilled people; they’re as rare as hens’ teeth,” says operations director Glyn Hobson.
The problem can only become more acute as Mayflower goes from strength to strength.
While the company is currently consolidating after the diversification which has fuelled its recovery from recession, it sees scope for further expansion in the future, including, possibly, a move to larger premises.
“We have already got another factory in Rotherham which has the headroom and cranage that we haven’t got here, but need because of the size of some of the jobs we are taking on,” says Glyn Hobson.
“The next thing is to consolidate and to establish a national profile in certain areas. That, I think, would allow us to think very seriously about expanding and that is really when we will need new premises and more key people.”