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Structures Contracting Estimator
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Associate Director Landscape Architect - Plymouth
Associate Director Landscape Architect - Plymouth Are you a Chartered Associate Director Landscape Architect looking to further your career? Maybe you are a talented Chartered P...Read More +
Birmingham, West Midlands
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Associate Landscape Architect
Birmingham, West Midlands
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Senior Landscape Architect
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Senior Chemicals Policy Consultant
Due to continued growth a new position has arisen for a Senior Chemicals Policy Consultant. Working in partnership with governmental and private sector organisations on the deve...Read More +
Head of Estates
East Midlands, England
Allen & York are proud to be partnering with a leading renewables business that has seen considerable growth. The newly created position of Head of Estates will be to further su...Read More +
Health and Safety Consultant
North West England, England
Through organic growth a great opportunity has arisen with a multi-disciplined consultancy, known for their breadth of expertise and collaborative approach, specialising in infr...Read More +
Senior Sustainability & Energy Consultant
Allen & York are working on behalf of an established and respected firm of Architects to bring a Senior Sustainability and Energy Consultant into the London based team. You will...Read More +
Principal Engineer - Ports - Glasgow
Position Title Senior/Principal Engineer - Ports Job Category Engineering - Civil Business Line Water Office Location UK - Glasgow Job Summary Our client's Port and Marine team ...Read More +
Senior Mechanical Engineer - Water - Croydon
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Nature Nurtures Talent
For some time now, business has been increasingly aware of the impact of the environment on employees’ productivity and wellbeing. The effect of nature on wellbeing has been studied by such notable establishments as the American Psychological Association and Stanford University. One study found that people who work in an office who have a view of nature liked their jobs more, had better health and were more satisfied in their everyday lives. Bringing nature into the workplace can also combat work related stress and illness. Studies say that exposure to nature is good for wellbeing and has a positive impact on workplace behaviours like creativity, happiness, social behaviour and pro-environmental behaviour. It can also help with restoring our attention; one study showed a forty second view of green roof could restore attention to create better results in logic and reasoning tasks. The power of nature to restore the ability to pay attention, improve the mood and concentration and staff, reduce stress and blood pressure, can lead to improved productivity and a reduction in sick leave. Therefore, the beneficial effects of nature should be included in occupational health models and also into the design and build of new workplaces (so our smart buildings become even smarter). How can we kick-start the process of getting exposure to nature in our work life? Here’s a few tips: Encourage people to get out into nature - green spaces near the office, a garden or park near home, the beach or nearby river are perfect spots for breaks or lunch time respite. Bring nature indoors, plants in the office are a good start or if you have a garden or balcony, try to make the most of it by growing flowers or plants. Get a bird or squirrel feeder and take in the sights and sounds around you. Take a meeting outdoors (weather and safety permitting). Recycling, walking instead of driving, doing a beach clean could all make you feel good whilst doing good. Engaging with global challenges like sustainability and climate change, alongside supporting our exposure to nature in the workplace, would not only be beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing, but for the environment as well. We’d say that was a win on both counts, nature really does nurture the best talent. At Allen & York we’ve been delivering sustainable recruitment solutions since 1993 and continue to match purposeful talent with purpose-led organisations in order to grow the green economy and beyond. To find out more about us, or to give us a brief, contact: email@example.com or call 01202 888986. www.allen-york.com & www.wellbeingjobs.com
Building back better
If history has taught us anything, natural disasters can be a catalyst for change. Post-pandemic we have an opportunity. An opportunity that can only be converted with collective action. With a staggering 2.68million lives lost globally and in the UK the deepest economic recession since the last war and unemployment at over 5%, it may be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel but light there is – if we’re willing to make the effort to find it. This window of opportunity for positive environmental change will come if society takes action. Action around sustainability, increasing biodiversity and reducing our impact on the environment to mitigate climate change. Action to gain traction 395 million new jobs could be created by 2030 if – and only if - businesses prioritise nature, according to the World Economic Forum. If we’re looking to meet the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals we’re going to need to start ramping up right now. There are three main areas they say can scale to make a massive difference: Food, land and oceans The food we grow and consume delivers c¢10tillion of global GDP and is employs almost 40% of the global workforce. If we can move to more “nature positive” solutions for food growth, there’s the potential to create 191 million new jobs and $3.6 trillion of additional revenue or cost savings by 2030. How? Diet diversification: Moving to a more plant based diet. Farming technology: Opportunities can come from precision-agriculture technologies. Retail: Reusing, refurbishing and recycling clothes. Fishing: Sustainable ecosystem management will help the maritime industry globally. Infrastructure and the built-environment Construction delivers c40% of global GDP - office buildings, homes and transport. Nature-positive solutions can create 117 million new jobs and $3 trillion in additional revenue or cost savings by 2030. How? Smart buildings: Retrofitting systems, switching to LEDs and substituting natural light, and developing green roofs. Smart sensors: Reducing municipal water leakage. Waste management: Investment in global waste management. Energy and extractives Energy production accounts for 16% of global employment. Demand is growing, so there is an opportunity to create 87 million jobs by 2030. How? Mining and resource extraction: New technologies and more mechanisation. Circular models in the automotive sector: Refurbishing and reusing automotive parts uses less energy than recycling. Renewables: Stimulus packages for solar and other renewables could generate millions of new jobs. Time for change Even before the pandemic, young people had already started to make their voices heard through the Friday school strikes. Maybe it’s time to start listening – and acting – to ensure the glimpses of a greener world during lockdown (like the plunge in carbon emissions and cut in fossil fuel use) becomes the norm and not a rare phenomenon. It’s time to seize the day. Use this opportunity to be greener, more sustainable and encourage a more inclusivity of opportunity. Investment in nature-based solutions will make a green recovery not only possible but also profitable with more jobs and opportunities for all. Allen & York – delivering sustainable recruitment solutions since 1993 www.allen-york.com Sources: https://www.weforum.org/press/2020/07/395-million-new-jobs-by-2030-if-businesses-prioritize-nature-says-world-economic-forum/ https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-drive-home-a-global-green-recovery-in-2021-no-excuses-98494
Budget 2021: Green highlights
How can Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget help the green economy and impact jobs in the sustainability and environment sectors? Will it help generate green jobs and kickstart recruitment? Green Finance City of London the hub for high quality voluntary carbon offsets Aim to position the UK and the City of London as the “leading global market for high quality voluntary carbon offsets”. Environmental remit for the Bank of England The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England’s remit has been updated to reflect the “importance of environmental sustainability and the transition to net zero”. First sovereign green bond The government will issue its first sovereign “green bond” over the summer and later in 2021. New infrastructure bank The planned UK infrastructure bank, based in Leeds, will begin operating in an interim form “later in spring 2021”. Deploying £12bn of equity and debt capital and issuing up to £10bn of guarantees. Environmental taxes frozen The government will freeze the Aggregates Levy rate for 2021/22 and will maintain the freeze on Carbon Price Support rates at £18 per tonne of carbon dioxide in 2022/23. Green retail savings product A “green” retail savings product through National Savings and Investment will be launched in the summer of 2021. Giving UK savers the opportunity to “take part in the collective effort to tackle climate change. Some good news for green finance, encouraging investment and highlighting the UKs commitment to net zero. Jobs wise, this could be good news for those working in ESG or SRI roles or those wanting to shift their current financial roles into something more purpose-driven. Renewable Energy Offshore Wind £20m to fund a UK-wide competition to develop floating offshore wind demonstrators. This will meet the aim of generating enough electricity from offshore wind to power every home by 2030. Energy Storage £68m to fund a UK-wide competition to deliver first-of-a-kind long-duration energy storage prototypes. Designed to reduce the cost of net zero through storing excess low carbon energy over longer periods. Biomass £4m of funding for a biomass feedstocks programme in the UK. The money will be used to identify ways to increase the production of green energy crops and forest products that can be turned into energy. Investment in Renewable Energy should also see growth in jobs across the different sectors. Whether through design and development or infrastructure and engineering, moving from ‘dirty’ to clean energy sources should see both movement in the jobs market for transferable skills and new openings for the new technologies. Positive news for sustainability and energy recruitment, and the green agenda, but still a lot of work to be done if the 2050 net zero goals are to be met. If you're looking to hire or looking for your next green job, get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org today. Sources: www.endsreport.com/article/1708940/budget-2021-key-environmental-measures-glance https://www.edie.net/news/11/Budget-2021--Sunak-announces-freeports-to-spur-low-carbon-investment/
5 reasons to change your job in 2021
As spring is approaching you may be feeling like you need a change or new challenge at work but you’re just not sure if it’s the right time to be changing your job. If you’re struggling to make that decision, here are five good reasons to transform your career in 2021. Boredom The no.1 motivation killer. If the thought of going to work fills you with dread, it’s time to move. New projects, new people and new purpose could mean a newly motivated you. Work / Life Balance Struggling to stop thinking about work? Losing sleep over it? Time to put yourself first. Self care is important and you need a job and employer that understands your needs. Time for a change. You want / need more money It’s nothing to be embarrassed of. Situations change. You might want to buy a house, start a family or just deserve more money for the work you do. If you want to increase your income faster than waiting in your current role for an inflation type pay increase, it’s time to start looking for that new role. You need a challenge You’ve learnt your trade. You can do your job standing on your head. If your skills are now to honed to perfection in your current role, it might be time to make a change. Choose a new career that aligns with your aspirations for the future. Company culture Does everyone in your workplace behave with courtesy and have shared values? Does your boss check up your wellbeing and is genuinely interested in you and your career? If there are personality clashes, inconsiderate co-workers or a toxic atmosphere then a move should definitely be on the cards. If you’re thinking of moving jobs, have a look at our job search page: www.allen-york.com/jobs alternatively, we are working many other roles with purposeful companies looking for great people, contact us on 01202 888986 to see how we can find you a new challenge that meets your experience, skills and aspirations.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) themes to look out for this year
A shining light on the horizon as we tentatively head out of lockdown is Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing which has seen growth in these unprecedented times. ESG funds have traditionally been seen in those companies deemed ‘quality’ like healthcare and technology. The ones with strong cashflows leading to greater profitability rather than the ‘dirtier’ sectors such as oil and airlines. Picking investments based on principles as well as profits seems to have paid off if you look at the sectors that have seen either a boom or bust in the pandemic. Investing in responsible companies, who typically have more sustainable business models, and who are more likely to be ready to adapt to long-term challenges (such as climate change) would seem to be the way forward. And that’s something we’re really excited about. Looking forward, where might we see the biggest growth in ESG for 2021? Cybersecurity A one-place of work policy went out of the window in 2020. We were all told to ‘Stay at home’ and that message continues (at least until June 2021). Working remotely – at home, in the spare room or the garden shed opens up risk of cyber-attacks when you’re off the company network. It wasn’t’ just working that went to the web – online sales increased 46%, socialising moved from coffee shops and the pub to Zoom, cash ceased to be king. With all of this extra online activity, the threat of criminal behaviour becomes ever more sophisticated. Investment in Cybersecurity is required to provide continued protection for all of us. Cloud Continuing on from the cybersecurity issue. If we’re all online more, where are we storing all the data that we’re producing? For many the cloud is this mystical space that people might not really understand but can see the value off. If individuals and organisations are producing more data, harnessing the cloud for data storage, access to apps and other software, then growth is almost certain. One prediction is that cloud usage is going to grow 17.5% annually to 2025. With the reduced energy consumption, waste and carbon emissions from cloud storage and a commitment to further energy efficiency (e.g. like Amazon powering their data centres by wind and solar energy) it’s another hot topic for ESG. Clean energy With the UK aiming to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, there should be a renewed focus on renewable energy like wind and solar and interest in newer technologies (e.g. hydrogen); as costs decline and public support increases. This shift already seems to be happening as there is more focus on being a Sustainable business and with consumers shifting their spending to more ethical and environmentally friendly organisations. You only have to look at the growth of B Corp companies to see this in action, edie report that these organisations grow 28 times faster than the national average. Electric Vehicles With the announcement that the UK will ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 in a bid to achieve zero emissions, there has been much interest in their electric vehicle (EV) alternatives. So much so, Elon Musk of Tesla, beat Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person for a short time in 2020. It’s not just the vehicles themselves that will see investment, the whole supply chain from robotics, artificial intelligence and energy storage to the infrastructure required to serve EV should see growth. Biotechs If we didn’t know it before the coronavirus pandemic, biotechs really will play a huge part in keeping the economy and the people in it moving. Alongside their work in providing vaccines for zoonotic diseases, they are also hugely innovative in the field of genetics and working on solving the world’s health problems. Hopefully more investment in biotechs will avoid another global pandemic any time soon. Why are we so excited about the growth of ESG investing? Well, we’ve been working in the field of environment and sustainability recruitment since 1993 so it’s our core market. More investment, as organisations try to resolve environmental challenges, means more jobs across the sector. It’s a ‘win win; for the environment and people looking to work in purpose-driven companies. And we’re here to match the two. www.allen-york.com Allen & York – providing Sustainable Recruitment Solutions since 1993. Source: https://www.whatinvestment.co.uk/five-esg-themes-for-2021-as-those-who-doubted-the-cause-take-interest-2619012/
Will COVID-19 save the planet?
With lockdown 3.0, rising unemployment, a shrinking economy and the devastating loss of life, it’s difficult to see any positives coming out of the current coronavirus pandemic. However, could there be one chink of light in the darkness COVID-19 has delivered? Larry Fink, Chief Executive of Blackrock, one of the most influential financial firms in the world, thinks there may be. He states: "I believe that the pandemic has presented such an existential crisis - such a stark reminder of our fragility - that it has driven us to confront the global threat of climate change more forcefully and to consider how, like the pandemic, it will alter our lives.” How do we make it happen? Sustainable investment is the starting point. Pre-pandemic, whilst it was talked about and perhaps comms were ‘greenwashed’ to say it was happening, the reality was that it wasn’t anywhere near the level it should have been. Fast forward 12 months, and yes, the economy has shrunk but there has been a marked increase in investment in more environmentally sustainable business. In fact, investors delivered $288bn globally into sustainable assets, a whopping 96% increase from 2019. What about the return? Whilst it’s great to be purposeful, purpose needs to deliver profit. The good news is, that the returns can be just as lucrative when you’re aiming to improve the planet. Companies with better environmental, social and governance policies are growing faster than their less ‘ethical’ competitors. Is it just greenwashing? If an organization is spending more time and money on marketing themselves as environmentally friendly than really making every attempt to minimise their environmental impact then it’s right to be cautious. Good research, and an understanding of the markets mean that investors are already shunning shares due to a lack of sustainability impetus. Can we build back better? Promises from government to "build back better" and “build back greener” will only come to fruition through policy and perhaps incentives to do so. There seems to be a definite desire to do so which hopefully will have a massive impact on the sector and be great news for jobs growth across the environmental sector. Fink says “even if only 5% of investors opt for sustainable strategies, it will still produce "massive shifts". With a sustainable economic approach, investment in education and skills to promote a rise in jobs, we’ll see a more sustainable planet for future generations. If you’re hiring in sustainable finance, looking for ESG or ESI focussed professionals, get in touch to see how we can help you help the environment, contact: email@example.com Allen & York - providing sustainable recruitment solutions since 1993. Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51111727 & https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55811332
Carbon offsetting in Education
We all know burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas are causing on-going damage to the planet by causing climate change (and its associated problems like droughts, flooding and storm damage). Therefore we all, as individuals, have a part to play in reversing the trend to mitigate climate change and stop global warming but we need to work alongside organisations to do the same. After all, we’re in this together, there is no Planet B. Educational change In an attempt to lead by example, further and higher educational institutions are working together to ‘offset’ their efforts in order to reach net-zero emissions. Whether that be through off-setting flights, setting up collaborative strategies to permanently bury carbon emissions or creating learning opportunities for staff and students with progressive case studies. Recommendations have been developed by climate experts at six UK universities, all designed to make a difference to emissions and ultimately carbon offsetting. It’s an ambitious move, with a network of over 55 UK universities and research institutions working together to hopefully deliver significant outcomes at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021. Leading by example Bastions of educational progression, it’s not surprising that universities should be at the forefront of leading the move to a ‘net-zero future’. If they can ensure carbon emissions are offset by removing carbon from the atmosphere through different methods, e.g. nature-based solutions like planting trees or by technological solutions, like using renewable energy (solar or wind for example) then these initiatives should be a priority for us all to follow. How do they do it? The recommendation for universities and colleges considering offsetting their emissions is to maximise the chance of high-quality offsetting and not to have any negative social or environmental impacts. Professor Paul Lickiss, Imperial’s Academic Leader in Sustainability, said: “As part of the College Sustainability Strategy, Imperial will be developing a travel policy by 2022 and this offsetting report provides useful guidance to consider as we develop that policy. With some research funders now requiring that the emissions from flights are offset, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other UK universities and colleges to ensure that our use of offsetting meets the highest possible standards.” 7 points to consider The plan of how education is thinking about carbon offsetting includes: Reducing emissions - the priority even before considering offsetting as part of a net-zero strategy Establishing robust principles - being able to justify which emissions can and can’t be offset Offset schemes - their impact on the local people and environment ensuring they are aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Prioritising ‘carbon removal’ offsets – projects designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, such as by growing trees prioritised over ‘emission reduction’ offsets Forming a coalition in the further and higher education sector to support high-integrity offsetting Reporting on travel emissions, including student flights, consistently Reporting across further and higher education institutions and tracking progress towards a net-zero emissions sector. As an example of organisations working together for a common goal, this is a great start. We hope these institutions widen their net to include others and also advertise this activity within their own colleges/universities. More traction will be gained through education across the educational landscape and across the student base. This can then be taken into the world of work, bringing the whole issue of net carbon to a wider audience and to the fore of industry, which can only be a good thing. If you have a passion for sustainable practices and are recruiting sustainability professionals, Allen & York have been working in the environmental sector since we were founded in 1993. Get in touch if you need help reducing your time to hire, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.allen-york.com Allen & York - providing sustainable recruitment solutions since 1993. Source: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/213913/climate-experts-challenge-uk-institutions-over/
Recruiting in a climate emergency
Almost two thirds of people around the world now view climate change as a global emergency, according to an opinion poll of over a million people across 50 countries.The poll, called the "People's Climate Vote", was organised by the United Nations Development Programme in conjunction with Oxford University. Findings varied across locations, age and genders, but overall the top four policies to tackle climate change included: Conserve forests and land (54%) Use solar, wind and renewable power (53%) Climate friendly farming techniques (52%) Investing more money in green businesses and jobs (50%). Being in the global recruitment business, we were happy to see that there is majority support in nearly all G20 countries for more investment in green businesses and jobs(led by the United Kingdom (73%), followed by Germany, Australia and Canada (all 68%), South Africa (65%), Italy (64%), Japan (59%), United States (57%), France, (56%), and Argentina, Brazil, and Indonesia (all 51%). How do we make ‘green’ recruiting happen? It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves since Allen & York was founded in 1993. Since that time, we’ve been proud to have contributed to the growth of green business and green jobs, and understand first hand how this support has facilitated positive change in the world of work. There is obviously a desire to make the change post-pandemic, with Boris Johnson’s ‘build back greener” and Joe Biden leading the charge in the US by making climate change a priority in his first week of office. The change starts with policy makers but can – and should - be influenced by us all. The good news is that people want to work for organisations with purpose, with 81% of professionals saying that working somewhere with a strong and positive purpose, aligned to their motivations, is an important factor when looking for a new role. Whether you’re a business in the green economy, or one that is taking it’s first steps into seeing how you can contribute to net zero goals via sustainable supply chains or reviewing your carbon footprint, investment in people with purpose will make it happen for you. Where can you find the right people? It’s not always going to be easy. Purpose is great but we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and candidates are being especially cautious about moving roles. Uncertainty around job security and the cultural impact of integrating into a new role (in all likelihood working remotely for the foreseeable future) means that the best candidates are probably not the ones responding to job adverts. No matter how green your comms are. At Allen & York, our mission is to see more people working to mitigate the effects of the climate emergency on the environment and people. That’s why we specifically recruit across the core sectors of Environment, Energy, Sustainability, Health, Safety & Wellbeing. We’ve a global network of talent to call upon, skilled researchers able to find even the most passive candidates and specialist (not generalist) recruiters who match the right people with the right roles every day. So if you need help or advice on how to recruit greener, we can help. If you want to work with like-minded people, with a common purpose, get in touch. We’re confident we can work with you to make a positive difference to your business and the environment. Allen & York, providing sustainable recruitment solutions since 1993. www.allen-york.com