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‘No jab, no job’

With a long history in delivering the best training and guidance in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry, SAEMA monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality.

We were interested to see that Pimlico Plumbers has become the UK’s largest independent home services company to enforce a ‘no jab, no job’ policy as part of its recruitment drive.

The London-based family firm is looking to take on six new members of its in-house maintenance team, including plumbers, carpenters, an electrician, and a painter.

All applicants will be asked to provide proof that they have had a least one Covid-19 vaccination.

Will this see a new trend in the way companies recruit new staff?

Charlie Mullins, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “This is the first time since the pandemic began that our recruitment ads will make it clear to anyone applying that they must have had at least one jab.

“I know there are critics out there painting this as a human rights issue, but all I want is to ensure both our people and our customers are safe and to give them added confidence in this business.

“Despite all the kerfuffle surrounding our ‘no jab, no job’ policy, it doesn’t seem to have put anyone off from applying. Most think it’s sensible and appropriate.

Charlie Mullins first unveiled his ‘no jab, no job’ policy in January after saying he was prepared to spend upwards of £1m on Covid jabs, if they became privately available, to ensure his 450-strong workforce could be vaccinated.

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