J Murphy & Sons

We're a global specialist engineering and construction company that improves lives by delivering world-class infrastructure.
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J Murphy & Sons is a leading global, specialist engineering and construction company founded in 1951 that operates in the UK, Ireland and Canada on water, rail and power infrastructure projects.

The three guiding values of this firm, still run along family ownership lines, remain never do any harm, deliver projects through a directly-employed workforce and strive for continual improvement.

In a difficult area of stop-start operations, the safety of its workforce was paramount as the pandemic started. Managers reacted by identifying roles that needed to stay on site, provided shielding support for vulnerable employees and issued PPE to all workers. It appointed and trained Covid marshals to ensure cleanliness, social distancing mandatory wearing of face masks. As a result, productivity has been maintained throughout.

With one eye on the future, it has taken part in initiatives to overcome problems in attracting talent into the construction industry, such as inclusive programmes to increase the recruitment, retention and progression of young black men into construction site work.

It is also one of the first to offer work through the UK government's Kickstart programme, in which participants offer six-month contracts to young people unemployed for long periods with the opportunity of a permanent job at the end. When projects are in deprived areas, it offers virtual work experience programmes for 14-18 year olds to get them interested in construction as a career.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

76% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

Senior leadership team engagement has moved from the presentational to the conversational, including one-to-ones, Feedback Fridays, team briefings, and live-streamed “Yammer town halls” during which employees can talk in person to senior managers. It creates an open and honest communications environment in which to share business updates and answer questions.

Wellbeing

59% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Every employee was sent a personal safety pack at the start of the pandemic, including masks, sanitiser and other items to add to the safety precautions already in place. Managers were given access to specialist counselling support for their teams when mental health issues arose.

Fair Deal

50% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

Murphy likes to recognise personal landmarks as well as workplace achievement. There are wedding vouchers and five days extra holiday for honeymoons and a maternity return bonus to ease recipients back into work. Chartership payments acknowledge professional qualifications while monthly “shout outs” nominate colleagues for financial prizes.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1951
Total number of employees
100
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
85% : 15%
Male : Female employee ratio
50%
Employees earning £35k+
9%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
“We are delighted to have achieved a 1 star accreditation from Best Companies during the first year of our People Strategy and our Murphy @ 75 aspiration to not only be a great place to work, but one where all of our people, regardless of their background or role, can feel secure and comfortable to be themselves. It is testament to all of our colleagues that even in a challenging year like 2020 they have supported each other, continued to deliver on the front line and have indicated in large numbers that they are proud to be part of Murphy. This initial accreditation and recognition from Best Companies that we have very good levels of engagement is something we are very proud of as a company and has surpassed our initial aspirations in the first year of our engagement journey. A big thank you to everyone involved and we are already building on our plans for 2021.”

Dawn Moore, Group People Director - J Murphy & Sons

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