A technical recruitment agency which has supplied engineers to some of Hull’s most iconic developments has a million reasons to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
RoS International, based on Parliament Street, has supplied more than one million man-days of employees to hundreds of companies and building projects in the UK over the past quarter of a century, including the KC Stadium, The Deep and C4DI.
The company, which turns 25 in April, was established in 1991 to recruit skilled engineers and technicians for the power generation industry, supplying such developments as Ferrybridge Power Station and the Easington Gas Terminal.
Over the years, however, RoS International has diversified and now serves a range of sectors including power generation, renewables, waste to energy, manufacturing, construction and civil engineering, consultancy, mechanical and engineering, and public sector.
Managing Director Carl Burgar joined RoS International in 1995 and bought the company in a management buyout just six months later.
Under his leadership it has grown to turnover in excess of £7m and employs 10 people, some of which have been with RoS since before the buyout.
Mr Burgar said:
RoS International was established with the aim of supplying highly skilled technicians and engineers to large, power generation developments and as a result the people we supplied played key roles in building some of the UK’s largest power stations. When I bought the company 20 years ago it was a thriving industry as the need for electricity was growing at a rapid rate.
But we knew that we could not rely on one sector alone so we soon began to diversify into a range of industries that required skilled people and now provide technical and engineering staff to a much broader range of companies. Our people have helped build some of the most important developments in Hull, including the St Stephen’s shopping centre and the Hull, East Yorkshire Women’s and Children’s Hospital and many others.
Mr Burgar said that looking back over the quarter-century, they had provided people that have worked 1.13m days to various companies, projects and developments in Hull and across the UK, he said:
It is amazing to think that over the past 25 years we have placed that amount of people into jobs.
Many of those have been in Hull and East Yorkshire so I like to think that we have made a positive contribution to the local economy, and that is a real source of pride for us.
Now, with the Humber estuary becoming the centre of the UK’s renewable energy the demand for a wide range of qualified technical and engineering personnel will grow exponentially over the coming years. Hopefully, that will help us achieve our future milestones. RoS International has ambitious plans for the future and we are looking forward to playing a central role in the renewables industry.