How skilled engineers can clean up with a Thames Tideway career

With the population in London now sitting at over eight million people, the infrastructure in the UK capital is struggling to cope with the increasing demand for water. It’s another battle to reduce sewage discharge into the Thames to comply with the European Union’s Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWTD) and to improve the condition of the river in general. 

Back in 2014, the UK government published their decision to grant permission for the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel to begin construction. The tunnel will connect with 34 of the most polluting sewage overflows and direct it to a treatment facility. The recycled clean water will then be released into the River Thames. Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, said at the time:

“In the 21st century, London should not have a river that is polluted by sewage every time there is heavy rainfall. […] The Thames tunnel is considered to be the best solution to address London’s outdated sewage infrastructure.”

Construction of the tunnel began in 2016 and is expected to continue until 2023, opening up a range of long-term, career-defining, employment opportunities for engineering professionals, as Adam McGlead, water recruitment specialist at Matchtech, explains:

 “We have recruited on a broad range of civil, mechanical and electrically biased candidates for the project across design, project and programme management, installation, commissioning, and operations and maintenance stages of the project so far. This is set to continue for the remainder of the project and provides a great opportunity for engineers of different levels and skill sets.” 

In fact, Tideway has vowed to help create jobs for local engineers throughout its construction by aiming to employ 25% of the workforce from boroughs where project sites are located. Tideway is also working with local colleges so they can help direct young people with the relevant skills towards these roles to help bridge the current skills gap.

As always, encouraging the next generation of talent to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is vital if projects like this are to be successful. It is estimated that 180,000 new skilled entrants will be required to deliver construction projects in the capital and South East by 2019. Scott Young, Skills and Employment Manager at Tideway, says:

“Employees have a key role to play in working with educators to help close the skills gap in our industry. We want to help do this by providing industry knowledge and insights that will equip staff at further education colleges and, in turn, ensure students are better prepared for the world of work and equipped with the skills and knowledge to work in the industry.”

Take a look at and apply for our current water & environment jobs.

If you’re interested in finding out more about jobs on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, contact Adam McGlead on 01489 898181 or email


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