Beatrice

Project brief

Located approximately 13km from the Caithness coast, close to the oil field in the Moray Firth, Beatrice, once fully operational, will be Scotland's largest offshore wind farm.

Onshore construction began in Moray in May 2016 and offshore construction began in April 2017. The first wind turbine was installed and first power exported in July 2018. Beatrice will be fully operational in 2019, with 84 turbines with a capacity of 588MW of electricity, enough to supply 450,000 UK homes.

Existing client JDR Cable Systems brought Mane on board in mid-2017 to supply cable jointers and testers, fibrotic engineers, health and safety personnel and client representatives for the project. The client knew that Mane has extensive experience in recruiting these niche specialists, and impressive talent reach within the energy sector. In fact, many of the contractors who went on fill these roles had already impressed the client on previous projects.

As well as its work with JDR, Mane is also assisting another long-standing client, DEME Group, with recruitment on the same project, providing support staff, crew and health and safety specialists. DEME has 120 ships in its fleet and Mane contractors are typically requested to move from project to project thanks to the calibre of skills and experience they possess.

There can be challenges in finding talent for the extremely niche and specific roles that projects such as this require - particularly in the current climate when a number of similar projects are working concurrently - however, Mane has never failed to deliver.

High and medium voltage specialists can be particularly hard to source, which has created a climate where professionals with this skillset are increasingly leaving permanent positions to take up contract roles to take advantage of favourable rates.

Against this backdrop, candidate loyalty can also be a challenge. However, this is not something which Mane has had to contend with, thanks to its long-standing relationships with top candidates and broader talent reach.

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