J Murphy & Sons is looking to offer employment opportunities for up to 175 Ukrainian refugees across a variety of roles.
The business, which employs more than 3,500 people across the UK, Ireland and Canada, is working with the Home Office to offer 175 positions across a range of jobs, with a view to supporting a broad cross-section of the Ukrainian community that is relocating to the UK.
The roles include onsite, operative jobs and functional roles in areas such as finance, and skilled opportunities within the group’s engineering, commercial and operations activities.
Murphy will also offer practical assistance to Ukrainians joining the firm, such as help with language barriers and housing search, cultural integration support and informal mentoring. Murphy will partner new recruits with current employees who have Ukraine or other Eastern European locations as their country of origin as part of a buddy system.
Murphy director of group people and communications Dawn Moore said: “We are a growing business with a number of opportunities, and we want to do whatever we can to support those impacted by the current situation in Ukraine.
“There are many different levels of jobs available within our business, along with a wider package of support. It’s also no surprise that many of our Ukrainian, Polish and other Eastern European Murphy people have volunteered to help these prospective new joiners, which is a fantastic show of support.”
Murphy chief executive John Murphy added: “As a family-owned business, we strive to go above and beyond when it comes to supporting our people and communities. This is an opportunity to offer meaningful employment to those Ukrainians looking for work in the UK, as well as helping them and their families adapt to life here. We are looking forward to welcoming new colleagues from Ukraine to the Murphy family.”
Murphy Ukrainian volunteer mentor Inas Almnasra added: “I was born in Ukraine and lived there until I was five, and have worked with Murphy for the past three years, so I am really looking forward to helping our Ukrainian colleagues to find their feet and get settled in the UK. The war in Ukraine is causing untold heartache for families. I’m incredibly proud that Murphy, as a business, is committed to helping people who are in such desperate need.”
More than three million people are believed to have fled Ukraine since Russian president Vladimir Putin began his assault on the country on 24 February.
While braced for the economic fallout from the war, the UK construction industry is also trying to lend a hand to those most in need.
Ferrovial Construction UK has match-funded £8,000 donated to the dedicated bank accounts it set up to provide humanitarian and health aid to people displaced by the conflict. The Spanish-owned group has collected £85,000 globally and doubled this to £170,000.
Meanwhile, Willmott Dixon is raising money for the British Red Cross, as well as holding collections and donating essential items such as bedding, sleeping bags, towels, nappies, shampoo and sanitary pads.
Balfour Beatty has also made a confidential donation to the British Red Cross and is encouraging staff to use their paid volunteering days to help the response to the Ukrainian crisis.
And housebuilder Redrow has donated £50,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee fund in response to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The company has also pledged to match-fund any colleague’s fundraising, up to £1,000 per donation and £100,000 in total.
Click here for a wider round-up of relief efforts established by UK contractors.