UK: Network Rail announced on February 25 that it is to award a series of five-year contracts to supply contingent labour for infrastructure work with a total value of at least £450m, consolidating the number suppliers and implementing a new code of conduct.

The contracts represent the provision of around 500 people per day. The number of suppliers will be reduced from 57 to 20, with four core suppliers accounting for 70% of NR’s needs.

Core suppliers:

  • Ganymede Solutions;
  • McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure);
  • Morson Human Resources;
  • Shorterm.

Specialist and support suppliers:

  • Amey Rail;
  • Bridgeway Consulting;
  • Carillion Rail;
  • Colas Rail;
  • Coyle Personnel;
  • Exxell;
  • GM Rail Services;
  • GPX Engineering;
  • Infra Safety Services Labour;
  • Keltbray Rail;
  • Linbrooke Services;
  • MECX Group;
  • Renown Railway Services;
  • Resourcing Solutions;
  • SW Global Resourcing;
  • TES2000.

NR said the new code of conduct would require suppliers to pay at least the London living wage within Greater London, invest in training and development, minimise travel time, adopt its safety rules and incident reporting systems and provide all equipment and protective clothing to workers free of charge.

‘These new contracts are all about transforming our contingent labour workforce into a more professional, fairly remunerated and appropriately trained body of people that we are able to call upon when the need arises’, said Nick Elliott, NR’s Managing Director, National Supply Chain. ‘The new code of conduct for labour will drive better employer behaviours, improve the quality of the supply chain and help ensure that workers are treated fairly. We believe that investing in this important resource will deliver significant safety and performance benefits for the railway as a whole.’