Springfield builds up staff numbers to 500

Moray-based housebuilder Springfield Properties says the growth of its workforce to more than 500 has seen it cross a “landmark threshold”.

The number of employees at the Elgin-headquartered firm, which floated on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) last October, has increased from 206 in 2011 and is continuing to grow.

Chief executive Innes Smith said: “Reaching 500 employees is a key milestone for the company.

“Springfield is poised to play a significant part in the delivery of the many new private and affordable homes needed across Scotland.

“The company has grown over the years and growth means we will take on more employees right across the business from accounts trainees to experienced tradesmen.”

Since the start of this year, Springfield has recruited nine office-based employees in Elgin and Larbert, near Falkirk, in positions ranging from IT systems administrator to commercial manager.

Mr Smith continued: “A happy workforce is fundamental to a successful business.

“All our employees are encouraged to take new opportunities to help them grow.

“An apprenticeship applies the theory learned in the classroom within a working environment. They can put the skills they have learned into practice while picking up hints and tips from experienced tradesmen.

“Apprenticeships are helping to address the current construction industry skill shortage.

“Our apprentices all work on building our houses every day – they all have the opportunity of a promising future with Springfield as they become skilled in their trade.”

Following its AIM listing, the housebuilder is continuing to recruit across Scotland as the company expands.

In addition to 28 active developments, Springfield has been working on the development of a number of new “villages,” including one by Elgin.

The firm currently has a total of 518 employees and over 1,500 sub-contractors and supports 113 staff in further education, training and apprenticeships. This includes 48 construction apprentices, 13 technical apprentices, 35 employees in modern apprenticeships and 17 employees undertaking higher education through training centres that work with Skills Development Scotland.