While general economic commentary talks daily of decline and forecasts indicate a retracting workforce across Australia, ECM is experiencing the complete opposite with record numbers of employees employed on sites across the country.
Today, ECM has employees working on some of the largest resources and energy projects in the country including Roy Hill, APLNG (Curtis Island), Gorgon (Barrow Island), Wheatstone and Sino Iron.
In its 29 years of operation, ECM has never had as many employees in the field at one time. July 2015 saw the company break through the 1000 employee mark and in August 2015 this number has risen to 1200.
“Over a period of 11 weeks from early-May this year we took on an average of 52 employees a week,” said ECM Recruitment Supervisor, Rachel Gallanagh.
“In one of those weeks alone, we mobilised almost 90 people to site. The coordination that required and the sustained efforts from the recruiters in Queensland and Western Australia, our stores team, site administrators, payroll staff, and receptionists has been incredible”.,
National HR Manager, Tony Higgins, said the recent period of activity has redefined ‘normal’ for ECM.
“ECM has always had a robust recruitment system which has enabled the company to respond quickly to changes in client demands. This year (2015), the company has built on this competency and significantly enhanced the company’s talent pool and resourcing capability,” he said.
Mr Higgins said the ECM talent pool is deep and is helping position the company for further work in the sustaining capital and maintenance services arena. In a recent interview with WA Business News, Michael Hender, the Executive Chairman and Founder of ECM stated, "Quite simply, our business is people.” Well in that case, business at ECM is booming.
ECM is a leading construction and maintenance company servicing clients in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and power generation sectors.