Depot Administrator in Alconbury

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Location: Alconbury

 Type: Permanent, Full-time

 Working hours:  Mon – Fri, 40 hours p/w.

Job Function: To support the Manger with all the day-to-day administrative tasks, as well as deputising in their absence.

Reporting to: Depot Manager.

Liaising with: Depot Managers, Field Service Engineers, Yard Operators, Drivers & Valeters.

An opportunity has arisen for a focused and passionate person to become part of a dynamic team at our Alconbury depot as a Depot Administrator. You will support the Manger with all the day-to-day administrative tasks, as well as deputising in their absence.

What are we looking for?

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A professional telephone manner
  • Proven customer service skills
  • Logistics experience
  • The ability and confidence to deputize for the Depot Manager in their absence
  • Previous experience of handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced office environment
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • The ability to work effectively under pressure with limited supervision
  • A high level of IT literacy including Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Previous experience in the plant hire industry is desirable


  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays PA
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme
  • Free staff parking

Please apply today with your latest CV

Four Ways to Truly Improve Onsite Wellbeing in 2022

Mental health and wellbeing is a serious problem in construction: everybody knows this, and we’ve discussed the reasons why at length in our articles about mobile welfare units.

But acknowledging this problem and actually dealing with it are two very different things. The stats on onsite injuries and mental health issues have been available for years, and the industry has yet to make a decisive shift towards prioritising employee wellbeing – despite the widespread availability of many resources, like innovative welfare units.

It is time to change this.  Promoting Health and Wellbeing is even included as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and that has to mean something. 

As the new year begins, we believe contractors and organisations must take decisive action to truly put wellbeing at the top of their agendas. That means more than keeping workers safe – it means truly adapting the physical and social environment of worksites to meet employees’ needs.

Here are four important steps you can take to increase wellbeing on your site:

1. Be honest about the problem

The first step towards truly prioritising onsite wellbeing is accepting the scale of the problem. As our research shows, men in construction are roughly 3x more likely to commit suicide than the average population, and construction workers make up roughly 16% of all male suicides. 

Improving wellbeing is not simply a technical challenge – these issues are deeply embedded in the culture of many sites. So rather than looking for quick fixes, we need to see this as an ongoing task of adaptation and education. 

Leaders should seek to truly understand the conditions that create such poor wellbeing: long hours on precarious contracts; chronic loneliness; physical fatigue; and a culture of repression and fear. This will help them properly acknowledge the scale of the problem and formulate better strategies to address it.

2. Promote open dialogue

Events like ‘Time to Talk Day’ are all about raising awareness of mental health struggles. The message is simple: we need to be able to talk openly about our wellbeing. And that very much includes the workplace.

Just 5% of employees tell their employers when they experience mental health issues. This level of suppression is only going to exacerbate the problem – as well as creating a sense of isolation and resentment amongst workers. 

In order to change this, leaders should take a varied approach. You cannot simply force people to talk if they aren’t ready to, so there should be a wealth of options for workers to communicate with the leadership about problems they face.

3. Dedicate more resources to wellbeing

There is no getting around it: onsite wellbeing is directly connected to the quality and quantity of facilities workers have access to. Isolation and a lack of communication are inevitably worsened by small, cramped spaces which do not allow employees to be comfortable – even when they’re supposed to be having a break. 

A simple example to improve this is by upgrading your mobile welfare units. With more space and more comfortable seating, employees will be able to properly relax in their downtime. It will also help foster a sense of community and openness, which may lead to better communication.

Better mobile welfare units may also provide better facilities. While things like access to hot water, canteens and WCs may appear like small things, they can have a big impact on employees’ sense of autonomy and safety.

4. Give employees more flexibility

Among the chief causes of negative wellbeing on construction sites is the stress and physical exhaustion that comes from long, gruelling hours. As other industries embrace flexible work patterns, construction leaders should also look to offer employees more control over the hours they work.

Part of this is relieving some of the pressures workers feel onsite. It is common for contractors to expect employees to work to harsh deadlines – even if there are delays in the delivery of materials or planning errors. But this creates an unfair expectation, and is a sure sign that you are not truly prioritising worker wellbeing.

Addressing such problems is likely to have a dramatic impact on factors like absenteeism and work-related sickness, as well as improving loyalty and creating a more positive culture onsite. Along with more open dialogue and better mobile welfare units, this will go a long way to demonstrating that you are taking seriously the wellbeing of your people.

How to Choose the Right Welfare Unit For Your Site

Lithium battery and solar technology minimises the requirement for generator power

Welfare units and vans provide the backbone of a happy and healthy construction site. But with so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know which will best serve your particular site’s needs. 

In this article, we explore four key factors you should consider before choosing a welfare unit:

1. Cost

It would be nice if money were no object. But for most projects there is a limited budget – and that means you have to be strategic with how you spend. Mobile welfare units vary in price, and it’s important to make a cost-benefit analysis to ensure you don’t under-or-overspend.

There may, for example, be gains to be made from hiring a more expensive welfare unit that will more than cover the cost. There may also be hidden costs to cheaper models, if they do not include service or support.

It’s also worth considering whether you need a full welfare unit – would a welfare van serve you just as well? This may be a way of spending more efficiently without cutting back on quality, as well as increasing the flexibility of your worksite.

Questions to ask:

  • How much can you afford to spend on a welfare unit or van?
  • What do you expect to get for your money?
  • What is included in the price of the welfare unit or van?

2. Employee needs

Welfare units exist primarily to meet the needs of your employees. And given that every workforce has slightly differing needs, it’s important to consider what your specific team will benefit from – as well as the actual size of the team.

Some welfare units – such as our ECO10 Welfare Unit (for up to 10 people) – features far more space and provides better quality facilities than others. Determining whether your employees will benefit from better access to hot water or more comfortable seating is important before making a hiring decision.

Questions to ask:

  • How much space do you require?
  • What facilities do you require?
  • Will you benefit from improving employee wellbeing?

3. Technology

As sites are more heavily scrutinised for their sustainability, the quality of technology they use must improve. Many welfare units are built on inefficient technology, and therefore actively hinder efforts to make your site more sustainable.

More modern technology, however, can be an active benefit. Take our ECOXLI Unit: it makes use of next generation lithium cell batteries and solar technology, minimising the need for generator power. It also operates an intelligent auto system for full telemetry, so you can guarantee it only uses power when necessary.

Questions to ask:

  • What kind of power does your welfare unit or van run on?
  • How modern is the fleet you are hiring from?
  • What are your sustainability goals and will this welfare unit help meet them?

4. Support

Mobile welfare units require regular maintenance, and bringing in a third-party expert to administer this can be costly and time consuming. It’s vital therefore to consider what level of support the company you are hiring from provides.

At Welfare Hire, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive 24/7 support, as well as scheduling regular maintenance and checkups. This ensures your mobile welfare units are always in great condition, and any issues are resolved as quickly as possible.

Questions to ask:

  • Is support included?
  • If so, how much support and of what quality?
  • What are the costs of disruptions if you do not have comprehensive support?

The Year Ahead: Five Key Challenges That Will Shape Construction in 2022

The outlook is positive for construction in 2022. Experts currently project that output will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels.¹ And with the government pledging £12 billion for infrastructure, as well as the £4.8 billion “levelling up” fund, demand for high-quality construction projects looks sure to continue growing.²

But there are still many challenges ahead of us – from finding suitable workers to ensuring our projects are truly sustainable. In this article, we explore five of the key challenges that will define the coming year:

1. The skills gap

As Brexit has reduced the UK’s talent pool and a high level of employee churn, the construction industry faces a serious crisis. According to recent reports, the sector will need 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet current demand levels.³

In 2022, we will see new initiatives to bring young workers into the industry, including a continuation of the wage increases we’ve seen in 2021. But solving the problem will likely require more than this, and leaders should focus not just on financial rewards but the actual workplace culture they create onsite. 

A shortage of skilled workers is construction specialists’ number one concern for 2022.

2. Greater attention on the work environment

Throughout the pandemic, a new level of attention has been paid to the quality of employee experience. Employees are less willing to work under poor conditions and expect greater support from their employers. A recent report, for example, demanded an industry-wide ‘mental health dashboard’ to support workers in the construction industry.

In 2022, we will see efforts to address this problem continue. This will include a greater investment in employee wellbeing initiatives, as well better on site welfare units to provide much needed support. 

More than seven in 10 construction companies do not measure the mental wellbeing of their staff.

3. Reimagining the supply chain

The twin forces of Brexit and COVID-19 have produced price increases in the supply chain, as well as some very well publicised disruptions. Vital materials like timber and bricks have seen rapid price increases across 2021, and experts suggest these problems will continue well into the new year.

Ultimately, as supply chain issues have hindered growth for the industry, companies will have to rethink the way they source vital materials in 2022.

Nearly 8 in 10 construction businesses have absorbed higher input prices in 2021.

4. The innovation gap

Innovation is the key to delivering more effective and efficient projects. But many in the industry still lag behind in this regard, as we explored in our recent research. And this has led to a widening ‘innovation gap’ between companies that use cutting-edge technology – and those that don’t.

2022 will be a tipping point, where businesses that do embrace innovative technology gain an unassailable lead in quality.

In recent years, the number of construction businesses actively innovating has fallen by 11%.¹⁰

5. Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability has become a major concern for the construction industry in recent years, and there is still a very long way to go in terms of ensuring projects have a positive impact on both communities and the environment. 

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a clear blueprint for the changes that are necessary, and the issues it raises will define not just 2022 but the entire future. 

As a company that prides itself on providing mobile welfare units and welfare vans that make a positive impact, we believe it’s vital that we take a lead on issues like this and help our industry become more conscious – and more effective – when it comes to sustainability. 

So in the coming months, we will launch a long-form content series exploring each of these goals in detail.


How Onsite Welfare Can Tackle the Construction Industry’s Stress Epidemic

According to recent research, 49% of construction workers experience work-related stress.¹ The industry now has the highest rates of employee burnout in the UK², and many experts suggest serious changes are needed before it’s too late.

This is exactly why International Stress Awareness Week is so vital. It helps shed light on the need for radical change in the industry’s workplace cultures. And at Welfare Hire, we believe it is our responsibility to support contractors in making this change happen. 

In this article, we explore three ways our innovative mobile welfare units help reduce stress and transform the onsite environment.

1. More space for workers

The construction site is a tough environment, and many workers feel they don’t have the time or space to let off steam in a healthy way. This leads to pent up frustrations and anxiety; combined with physically gruelling work and long shifts, the result can be extreme stress.

Giving workers more space to decompress – and communicate with each other safely – is therefore vital. Our X-Eco10 mobile welfare units provide 20% more internal space than other welfare units, fitting up to 10 people. They are also fitted with comfortable seating, to allow workers to rest properly during their downtime.

2. Improved facilities

Access to great facilities is vital to feeling in control at work. Workers should always feel secure in the knowledge that they can stay clean; have privacy when necessary; and get the provisions they need to stay alert and happy at work.

The X-Eco10 features canteen facilities with controlled heating, mains power and USB ports to create a better environment for colleague wellbeing. There is also on-demand hot running water; separate drying and changing rooms; and a fully functioning work office.

3. Signalling care

Much of the stress that construction workers feel is a result not just of workplace conditions, but of feeling that their wellbeing is not sufficiently valued. Workers feel they cannot talk openly about their struggles, and that is because they are often being sent the wrong signals.

While relatively straightforward to implement, things like temporary traffic lights, signs and Investing in better welfare units may seem like a relatively small step. But introducing facilities specifically designed to create a more open and positive environment for them onsite unquestionably shows that you value their wellbeing.

Reducing stress and increasing your bottom line

While tackling workplace stress is vital, there is also a clear business case for investing in better welfare. 

55% of all absenteeism is caused by work-related mental health problems.³ Between 2017-18, stressful conditions resulted in 400,000 lost days of work in the construction industry.

So reducing workplace stress and increasing mental wellbeing will not only make your employees happier – it will lead to increased productivity and a more positive workplace culture.


Four Important Ways to Ensure Road Safety On Infrastructure Projects

Every 22 minutes, someone is seriously injured or dies on the UK’s roads. But the tragedy is not only the volume of accidents – it’s the fact that they are preventable. Road Safety Week seeks to highlight this fact and encourage prevention. At Access Hire, safety is of paramount importance and underpins the way that we work and the service that we provide.

As experts in Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms, we take pride in helping our clients across vital infrastructure contracts maintain a safe and secure on-site environment. Whether you are working directly on roads or just roadside, there are a variety of measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of accidents. 

Here are four steps to ensure road safety when using Access Hire’s Vehicle Mounted Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs):

1. Always plan ahead

Safety is all about thinking ahead: what are the ground conditions of the area you are working on? How is your Vehicle Mounted MEWP going to be positioned?

In most instances, a traffic management scheme will be necessary to ensure traffic can flow easily and safely past your site. This will also help ensure you set up your Access Platform more securely.

2. Focus on visibility

High-visibility PPE should be mandatory for all personnel, and vehicles should use flashing beacons and rear chevrons (standard on all of our vehicles). Ultimately, no activity should be undertaken near a road if there is not ample high-quality visibility at all times.

3. Manage or block traffic

Before beginning any project near a road, you should obtain permission to implement traffic management or temporarily close nearby roads if necessary. 

While relatively straightforward to implement, things like temporary traffic lights, signs and cones will dramatically improve the safety of your site. They act as a clear warning sign to oncoming traffic, ultimately reducing the chance of a collision.

4. Implement an Exclusion Zone

It is important to ensure that wherever your Vehicle Mounted Access Platform will be  operating is clear- and that you segregate it from other vehicles. 

Your vehicles should never overhang into traffic; be sure to take into consideration how their position will change when they are fully elevated as well as the rotation of the boom. You should also block off foot traffic, to avoid pedestrians accidentally coming into proximity of your Access Vehicles when they are operating.

How Access Hire Improves Road Safety

Your vehicles should never overhang into traffic; be sure to take into consideration how their position will change when they are fully elevated as well as the rotation of the boom. You should also block off foot traffic, to avoid pedestrians accidentally coming into proximity of your Access Vehicles when they are operating.

Why You Should Never Compromise on Lighting Hire


Keeping your worksite functional during the darker months can be surprisingly difficult. As the days get shorter, many construction projects struggle to stay safe and on schedule. Yet all too often, contractors still look to compromise on their lighting units. 

Opting for cheap lighting may appear a net saving, but it can create more problems than it solves. In this article, we’ll explore three ways this can happen.

Three reasons to hire the best lighting towers

1. Reduce emissions

Environmental impact is an increasingly central consideration for construction projects, but traditional electric lighting is often hugely inefficient, draining energy and leading to huge CO2 emissions.

Because they run on hybrid power, our lighting towers reduce emissions by roughly 94% compared to standard units. They use smart telematics to ensure they are run efficiently, optimising utilisation and smart working. And by saving fuel, they also reduce the running costs of your lighting units dramatically.

2. Maintain brightness

When businesses opt for environmentally friendly solutions, they often compromise on performance. Many ‘eco’ lighting towers produce lower quality, dim light. Contractors are forced to choose between effective lighting and reducing emissions. 

With our ECO Lighting Towers, you can have both. Our superior Lithium battery hybrid technology ensures you can maintain 6x super bright LED heads – all whilst reducing your environmental impact. So, why compromise when you can have the brightest and greenest solution in the market?

3. Minimise refills

Lighting units often require regular maintenance, meaning you are refuelling them at regular intervals – creating extra labour and operational costs with potential project downtime. 

Our lighting towers are built with an extraordinary energy system that makes use of hybrid battery technology. This means they can run uninterrupted for huge lengths of time – up to 965 hours per refill, in the case of the X-Eco Hybrid.

Never settle for second best

At Kelling, we believe compromising on quality always ends in losses. That’s why we’ve spent years building the UK’s largest and most technologically advanced fleet – to ensure none of our clients ever have to settle for second best.

If you are looking to improve the operability, efficiency and profitability of your project as we enter the darker months, get in touch today to discover what our innovative, eco-friendly lighting towers could do for you.

How the ECOXLi Can Help Solve Construction Contractors’ Biggest Challenges

In recent weeks, we’ve been thrilled to unveil our new ECO mobile welfare unit – the ECOXLi. It is the largest mobile welfare unit on the market, featuring a host of innovative features.

Such innovation is sorely needed in the construction industry – not just because the industry has significantly underinvested in innovation in recent years, but because contractors now face challenges for which innovation can provide the best possible solutions.

In this article, we explore three ways the EcoXLi can help solve the toughest challenges construction contractors currently face:

1. The ECOXLi helps projects go green

Many contractors and construction businesses are currently struggling to improve their environmental impact in line with the Government’s tough new targets. Not only is there a legal and moral incentive – there is also a clear financial one, as we explored in a recent blog.

All of our mobile welfare units are geared towards significant improvements in sustainability. The ECOXLi simply takes this and runs with it. 

The ECOXLi utilises cutting-edge eco-friendly technology – including next generation lithium batteries and full solar technology – making it the most eco-efficient welfare unit you will find. 

It even features an intelligent auto system for full telemetry – helping ensure power is used in the most efficient way possible.

2. The ECOXLi helps you solve the HGV driver shortage

The UK workforce is chronically short of HGV drivers. According to recent data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC),  there are more than 100,000 vacant HGV driver roles in the UK – the largest shortage of any profession. 

Where most welfare units require a HGV delivery to site, we deliver the ECOXLi directly using our own ULEZ towing fleet. We provide our own highly skilled and reliable divers, facilitating unbeatable flexibility whenever you need your unit to be picked up. 

Ultimately, the ECOXLi solves the HGV driver shortage by making HGVs unnecessary, providing a more reliable and timely service whilst drastically reducing the carbon footprint for delivery and collection.


3. The ECOXLi comes with more reliable and flexible service

As our recent research shows, a huge number of construction projects struggle to stay on budget and schedule – with a majority taking 20% longer than intended. 

Much of this can be the result of poor supplier relations: a third of project failures result from poor communication, and experts have argued that closer supplier relations – along with increased project flexibility – are key to remedying the sector’s challenges.

At Welfare Hire, we pride ourselves on providing market leading service that breeds exactly this kind of close partnership – enabling projects to be more flexible and efficient. With the ECOXLi, we ensure the vehicles are highly available and accessible. So, your project can run smoothly – with absolutely no delays.

Introducing Three Innovative Features of the ECOXLi

XL Mobile Welfare Unit

The construction industry has a profound responsibility to help combat climate change. With roughly 10% of the UK’s CO₂ emissions resulting directly from construction activities, it is time to act. But a notorious lack of innovation in the industry makes it difficult for contractors and their projects to make such positive changes. 

Our recently released next generation ECO mobile welfare unit is designed specifically with this in mind. It features a variety of innovative features, which will help improve the efficiency, environmental impact and bottom line of your construction site.

Here are three of its most exciting features:

1. Smart ECO Power

In an ideal world, we’d let every customer come and test out our welfare unit in person – that direct experience has always been a big part of our customer service. 

But let’s be honest: we don’t live in an ideal world right now, and that means we need to find new ways of showing our customers exactly what it is they’re hiring. 

We pride ourselves on having the largest, most modern and innovative fleet of mobile welfare units in the UK, so it’s only fitting that we solve the problems COVID has presented in an equally innovative way. 

2. Smart Water

Sustainable water use is an increasingly vital topic for construction businesses, with 2.2 billion people worldwide living without access to safe water. But saving water is not simply a matter of social and environmental responsibility – there is also a powerful business case for it.

The ECOXLi is the most water efficient mobile welfare unit you will find. Its Smart Water system uses 100% recycled rainwater, with a XXL non-chemical water tank. or stores unnecessary quantities of water. And because of its size, the system needs to be serviced less frequently – reducing transportation costs and emissions whilst optimising onsite WC and wash facilities.

Ultimately, the Smart Water system enables the ECOXLi to provide the absolute best hygiene and wellbeing on the market – with XL hot water sinks and ECO Water Flush toilets in two full-size separate WCs.

3. Smart Telemetry

Too often, eco-friendly technology is built without a thought to the end-user. But we understand that not every site worker has the time to make sense of complicated new equipment, so we’ve designed the ECOXLi to be supremely user-friendly. 

Its Smart Telemetry system features a live dashboard, making it simple to manage the welfare unit for optimal utilisation. This enables real-time monitoring, as well as providing live volumetric data for your sites and projects. And in combination with the ECOXLi’s Smart auto system, it means you will get the optimal value out of your water and power system. 

Its Smart Telemetry system features a live dashboard, making it simple to manage theIf you would like to learn more about how the ECOXLi could improve your site, click here to get in touch today.

Construction and Infrastructure in Numbers: Three Key Takeaways

We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest piece of thought leadership – a detailed infographic on the current state of the construction and infrastructure sectors.  

It is designed to help make sense of the current challenges we all face in these areas, as well as locate a series of actionable insights that will help produce better results. This is based on in-depth research from our team, as well as the knowledge that comes with decades of industry expertise. 

While you can see the full graphic here, we thought it would also be useful to highlight some of the key takeaways from our research: 


1. Emphasising wellbeing has real financial benefits 

We all know that mental health concerns greatly affect construction and infrastructure workers. So, it is relatively little surprise that 64% of construction workers state that they want their employers to provide more mental health support. 

It is easy, however, to underestimate the extent to which such wellbeing and mental health initiatives can impact a project’s bottom line.  

As we discovered, projects that emphasise employee experience and wellbeing result in 21% higher profitability. In fact, every £1 spent on wellbeing produces an incredible 500% return


2. Going green pays

Another well-established priority for construction and infrastructure projects is environmental sustainability. But once again, our research revealed that there is not just the ethical, social and regulatory importance of becoming eco-friendly – there is also a clear business argument to be made for it.

90% of studies, for example, demonstrate that good Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores lower the cost of capital. Not only that: 88% of those studies also show that good ESG practices result in better operational performance. 

Ultimately, our research suggests that companies can expect an average internal rate of return of 27-80% on their carbon saving investments – such as using more eco-efficient vehicles.

3. Low productivity still plagues construction 

Construction is the world’s single largest industry. However, there are strong indications in our research that projects are still struggling to be as productive and efficient as leaders would like. 

Over two-thirds of construction projects run over budget by more than 10%, and larger projects routinely take 20% longer than anticipated. These factors have resulted in productivity in construction growing by less than 1% annually for the last two decades. 

To remedy this, projects must look for gains in productivity and efficiency wherever they can find them – including in the service partners and providers they work with. At Kelling Group, we pride ourselves on providing the most modern and innovative fleet of specialist assets, which optimises onsite productivity. Supported with 24 hour delivery nationwide, as well as dedicated service and maintenance for all hires, this results in an extraordinary 99.1% perfect hire rate.