Engineering firm supports staff through cost of living crisis

Posted on 27 Apr 2022 by The Manufacturer

AEMT member, Fletcher Moorland Ltd, has received widespread plaudits for its gesture to support staff through the cost-of-living crisis.

Staffordshire-based Fletcher Moorland Ltd, a longstanding member of the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT), has received widespread recognition, including in the national media, after it announced plans to give every staff member an ex-gratia payment of £1,000.

The move, which received a standing ovation when announced at an all-company meeting, aims to help the firm’s 86 staff tackle rising costs, including fuel and energy prices. This payment is on top of the yearly pay rises the company extends to all staff.

With its focus on the maintenance and repair of electrical, mechanical, and electronic equipment across manufacturing, building services, utilities and many other industries, the company has seen growth over the past two years despite COVID, and particularly so in the renewable energy and electric transport sectors.

Matt Fletcher, the company’s managing director, explained: “We have a dedicated and loyal team here at Fletcher Moorland who have all worked extremely hard over the last few years, sometimes in challenging circumstances. As the whole country is facing a cost-of-living increase, we wanted to do something to support our employees and, thankfully, we were in a position to do so. We recognise how important our people are to the business, and the decision to help them was a no-brainer.”

With engineering-based businesses facing a skills shortage like many other sectors, the AEMT is actively working with organisations such as Primary Engineer, designed to encourage young people to take up careers in the industry. However, retaining staff is equally important, particularly in today’s climate. And so, the Association is delighted to see one of its members demonstrating how recognising and rewarding the value of existing staff can mean so much, especially when times are tough.