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There’s a huge variety of career opportunities with us, working on a wide range of challenging and exciting projects.

We hire talented people from all backgrounds, reflecting society and the communities in which we work.

From employee discount schemes to flexible working, we offer a range of benefits aimed to boost productivity and promote mental wellbeing. Combined with generous salaries, stimulating work, and unrivalled opportunities to generate value in our communities, it’s what makes Wates such an attractive place to be.

Reward and benefits

We value our people and the work they do, and we reward them for it. We recognise that great pay and benefits are key to retaining and attracting the best people in our industry.

Career development

We provide clear routes for career progression – and a great selection of opportunities for training, development and upskilling to help people get to the next level.

An inclusive culture

As a family business that has stood the test of time for more than 125 years, we are proud of the culture that we have built, of the work that we do, and of the teams that deliver it.


Your future with us

At Wates we focus on the key things that matter to our people:  an inclusive culture, commitment to social value, great reward and benefits, flexibility and hybrid working and career progression. We know these things make a real difference to people’s lives.

We are proud of what we offer, and Wates is an incredible place to work regardless of what stage you are at in your career journey, from new entrant to long serving colleague.

And once you’ve joined us, we’ll make sure you’ll want to stay.

Our culture

Our culture – outlined in our Guiding Framework – influences everything we do and how we do it, from our core purpose of creating tomorrow together, to the atmosphere we create across our sites and offices. As a family-owned business, we’re passionate about our people and creating a culture where everyone can be themselves, enjoy their working lives and thrive in the career they choose.

We are a fair place to work. To ensure everyone has opportunity to thrive, our culture is founded on the following principles:

  • TREAT FAIRLY: Everyone is treated with fairness and respect. When someone finds themselves not being treated fairly, they feel able to speak up, are listened to and any appropriate action is taken
  • PAY AND PROGRESS FAIRLY: Everyone has fair access to development and progression opportunities to build a meaningful career of choice. There is equity in pay.
  • HIRE FAIRLY: We hire the best person for the job from a diverse pool of candidates. We actively challenge and ultimately eliminate perceptions that prevent anyone from joining the sector.

Our family-first culture has been recognised at the Working Families Awards, where we won in the ‘Best for Fathers’ and ‘Best for All Families’ categories. We are among the Times Top 50 Employers for Gender Equality, have been awarded gold accreditation from Investors in People. We won the Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award at the Construction News Awards where the judges found us “head and shoulders above our contemporaries.”

We are a Disability Confident employer, committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are inclusive and accessible and that existing colleagues who have or acquire a disability are supported in their career at Wates.

We have some of the best family leave policies in our industry. This includes a 52 week paid maternity leave and eight weeks of fully paid paternity/partner leave. Our shared parental leave and adoption leave are enhanced and matched with maternity leave. We offer four weeks of unpaid carers leave. This includes our site-based employees.

We believe that business done well can be a force for good and so we take our role in society very seriously. We believe in helping to shape communities through our projects and social value commitments. As a Wates employee you could also be involved in a range of activities from community engagement with schools through to social enterprise mentoring and volunteering in the communities we work in.

We also help to challenge inequality by championing the real Living Wage, working closely with the Living Wage Foundation to achieve this.

We’re committed to making our industry more sustainable through the way we build, the materials we use and the way we engage with suppliers, and have committed to Science Based Targets that will see us becoming a net zero company by 2045. Our zero carbon sites programme, our transition towards electric plant and equipment and our use of lower carbon alternative materials will help us get there.

We are also committed to having a positive impact on nature from our operations. This will be achieved through supporting local community projects and making biodiversity improvements to our projects.

Your career

We focus on helping our people to thrive and on offering great career development opportunities, so you never stand still. And if you want a change – even a completely different role – we encourage internal mobility throughout our businesses, giving you a range of different environments in which to gain experience.

Our wide range of learning and development activities builds the knowledge, skills and behaviours you’ll need to perform at your best and progress your career.

Our focus on diversity encourages those who are furthest from the workforce to come back into the workplace if they have been away for a while.

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Reward and benefits

As well as competitive salaries, we have some brilliant benefits – it’s our way of recognising the hard work you do.

We understand that this is about more than money.  We also run a flexible benefits scheme where you select the benefits that are important to you, from pension top-ups to health care and restaurant discount cards.

We offer 26 days of holiday a year that includes additional volunteering days for a good cause of your choice.

Our award winning, industry-leading family leave policy offers full paid maternity leave as well as eight weeks paid partner / paternity leave. We also offer enhanced shared parental and adoption leave including matched maternity pay as well as two weeks bereavement leave and flexible carers’ leave.

Learning and development at Wates

Learning and Development

We empower our colleagues to excel and thrive through comprehensive learning and development opportunities aligned with our values and performance priorities.

We offer diverse development programmes covering areas like safety, technical skills, behaviour and leadership. We empower our employees to take charge of their growth with self-driven learning options, including e-learning, and we provide support when they need it.

We foster a culture of continuous learning and empowerment, equipping our colleagues with the tools so they can progress their career and contribute to the success of our organisation.


Early careers programmes

Our early careers programmes are targeted at undergraduates, graduates, school and college leavers and trade professionals. The programmes are designed to be accessible and flexible to suit you.

Whatever your interests, we’ll help you find the right career path. One where you can explore, grow and thrive.


Work experience

Join us on a work experience position and discover how great working in the built environment can be.

Our opportunities are open to everyone and will help you gain experience that can kick-start your career as well as contributing to our exciting client projects. You could even go on to secure a place on one of our apprenticeships or graduate programmes.


Why wait? Join Wates.

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Data Analyst

Location: Birmingham

Job Type: IT Support

Application Deadline: 03-05-2024

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Data Analyst to join our Major Projects team.Reporting into the Head of Digital Engineering, you will work across our Major Project(s) projects to include taking data requirements from the business and translating those into technical solutions.Key Accountabilities will include: Data Analysis, Modelling and Development – Characterisation of raw data to identify the gold source, identify the grain, dimensions, common business language and transformation required for coded or shortened terms Requirements elicitation from business users – Elicitation of needs from team members and refinement of these into actionable features, user stories and tasks aligned to Wates standards, data strategy, and Major Project reporting requirements Analyse, organize and refine raw data as ingested from existing and new systems to ensure conformity with Wates standards Production of data-driven reports to align with Major Project Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) sourced from various digital solutions Skills training and coaching – creation of material and delivery of training within the Major Projects team and to other members of the Digital and Data teams business units and functions In-life support and incident resolution – provide ongoing project support to ensure all data flows are structured, accurate, and maintained Explore ways to enhance data quality and reliability and implement to support continuous improvement Support the Wates Data and Digital teams in developing scalable data reporting solutionsWe are looking for an experienced Data Analyst with experience of undertaking a full end-to-end role on multiple or complex projects/programmes.To be successful in this role you will be a collaborative and effective communicator with the ability to interact with stakeholders of all levels as well as the skills to breakdown complex problems and manage projects through to successful completion.A bit about us:Wates is one of the largest and most successful family-owned private construction, development and property services companies in the UK. Our vision is to become the most trusted partner in the built environment with an ambition to become a £2bn turnover business.As a progressive and rewarding business we offer our people the opportunity to grow their careers whilst working together to deliver the promises we make to our customers.Our company values of integrity, intelligence, performance, teamwork and respect for people, communities and the environment run through our business at every level and are at the heart of everything we do.The wellbeing and safety of our people is our priority, therefore creating a zero harm culture and encouraging a healthy work-life balance is important to us. Wates Group are a responsible and inclusive employer and are proud to have been recognized for this through accolades including C2E (Committed to Equality) and Investors in People (Gold).We value each employee as an individual and offer flexible and competitive packages to support that.


Location: Croydon

Job Type: Trades and Labour

Application Deadline: 03-05-2024

We have an opportunity for an Electrician to join our Wates team within our Reactive Maintenance Division. You will be working from our Croydon office and covering the surrounding areas, working on our social housing contract. The primary focus of this role will be to undertake all tasks to achieve first time fix and deliver a high standard of workmanship in a timely and productive manner always affording excellent customer service to the client.Key Accountabilities will include: Undertaking repair/ renewal works within your Electricians remit and work with associated trades Ensure maintenance work is undertaken safely and in accordance with all technical standards Communicate effectively with residents, scheduler and line manager Work safely and in compliance with Health & Safety and safeguarding requirements Remain up-to-date with technical and legal requirements of skill area Working in partnership with other operatives to complete repairs, if required Completing time sheets work sheets detailing work undertaken and materials used after each job undertaken, via a PDAYou must have a full UK driving licence with access to a vehicle.We are looking for a qualified and experienced Electrician who can utilise their skills to deliver small projects and repair works. You will hold a full UK diving licence, be confident in managing your own workload and will ideally already have experience of the housing maintenance sector.

Engineer – Mechanical

Location: London

Job Type: Engineering

Application Deadline: 26-04-2024

Join Wates: Mechanical Resident Engineer Needed!Wates is offering an outstanding opportunity for a mechanically experienced Resident Engineer to join our team, stationed on-site at the prestigious London School of Economics. Your primary focus will be executing planned preventative maintenance and reactive works on building plant, equipment, and systems, as well as swiftly responding to site engineering emergencies.ABOUT THE ROLE:As a Resident Engineer, your core responsibility will revolve around conducting planned preventative maintenance and reactive works on behalf of our clients. Your qualifications and experience in the field are crucial, but what truly sets you apart are your exceptional communication skills, ensuring top-notch customer service delivery. Your ability to multitask effectively, meet tight deadlines, and collaborate seamlessly with your team to troubleshoot on the go is paramount, all while championing health and safety excellence.Key Accountabilities as Resident Engineer:Accurately record all reactive and PPM tasks, ensuring detailed documentation is completed and signed off by the client weekly.Prepare Method Statements and Risk Assessments for all tasks to guarantee safe working practices.Effectively supervise subcontractors to ensure tasks are completed to the highest standards.Ensure strict compliance with all Company policies and procedures.This role offers a fantastic opportunity to work primarily on a single site, with occasional requirements to conduct work at other sites.Ready to take the lead in maintaining excellence? Join us at Wates and make your mark! Apply now.WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 5% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 22 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression. Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link

Facilities Manager

Location: London NW1

Job Type: Engineering

Application Deadline: 26-04-2024

Here at Wates, we have an excellent opportunity for a Facilities Manager to join the team at our prestigious client – ACCA. You will be based at our existing clients' offices in Central London (near Covent Garden) whereby you will be overseeing and supporting the day-to-day activities and requests for our client, in ensuring service excellence and continuous improvement.ABOUT THE ROLEWe are looking for an experienced Facilities Manager with a proven history of coordinating multiple tasks in a complex, unique environment and are self-sufficient day to day.To be successful in the role you will be a confident communicator with good organisational and people management skills; able to ensure high levels of customer service are delivered by the whole team, at all times.Some of the other Key Accountabilities as Facilities Manager include:• Maintain an excellent relationship with all client interfaces, suppliers, and other service providers.• Attend Client meetings regarding general contractual performance.• Support customer and company audits ensuring optimum results are achieved.• Set objectives for direct reports and ensure team are aware of event requirements for the current day.• Ensure that a continuous improvement process is an integral part of service delivery increasingly adding value to both the business and the client.• Conduct regular plant tours checking for damage, lamp outages, spillages, and security issues.• Perform any other duties that may be required to meet the changing needs of the contract.WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 5% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 22 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression. Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link

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