Kier has taken on 200 new colleagues under TUPE transfer following the start of its latest contract with Highways England, while a further 50 new jobs will be created.
On 1 April Kier took over Highways England’s two-year asset support contract in Areas 6 and 8 from Amey, covering the East of England, Essex and East Anglia, with staff being transferred over under TUPE rules.
Flying high: New Kier staff welcomed at Duxford
Kier has also created 50 new jobs for the contract across a range of roles including technical trades, commercial, quality, health and safety and administration.
A special induction event was held at Imperial War Museum, Duxford to welcome colleagues.
Dave Wright, Kier Highways executive director said: 'It was great to welcome our new colleagues into Kier as we begin providing services in areas 6 and 8. We’ve worked extremely hard over the past few months to ensure everything was in place for a smooth transition on 1 April and I’m pleased to say the event was a huge success.
'The enthusiasm of those joining the team was fantastic to see and we’re looking forward to further developing our collaborative approach with our new colleagues and supply chain as we support Highways England in its new approach to service delivery.'
Kier Highways will operate from three main offices to deliver the new contracts, based in Bedford and Ipswich as well as from Kier’s regional headquarters in Cambridge.
The new staff members join 3,000 people currently employed across Kier’s strategic and local authority contracts.