Ganger (Reactive Civils)


Our client is a highly regarded and well established utility services company, based in London. They have multiple projects over London and the surrounding areas throughout the South East, where they specialise in water utilities for their clients. They offer a complete and thorough service to their clients, where they uphold a high level of quality as standard and are looking for operatives that will be able to help them deliver this standard.


Our client requires a competent and experienced Ganger for their projects based in Sussex. The role will involve:

  • To lead a team of up to two operatives undertaking civils work on the drainage network
  • To undertake a daily pre-start, Point of Works Risk Assessment (POWRA) and brief the risk to your team members and to all visitors to site and get same to sign acknowledgement
  • To carry out civils work as described in the work order in a timely and safe fashion, including but not limited: dig down repair, manhole rebuilds/Covers, and AFD/interceptor install/removal
  • To order plant and materials via supervisor from site
  • To always wear and ensure that everyone else on site, including visitors, also wear the mandated and appropriate personal protective equipment (clothing) which is provided by the Company
  • To be able to use a hand-held device to capture the relevant information from the job
  • To ensure that any vehicle you are driving is road worthy before you drive it by undertaking and recording daily vehicle checks including for trailers and towable plant
  • To work safely and in accordance with the training received, company work instruction and daily site-specific work risk (SSWR) assessments
  • To be available to participate in a call out Rota
  • To carry out any other duties appropriate to this post

This is a permanent vacancy, directly with the company.

£14 – £18 per hour pay rate (depending on experience and qualifications)

45 hours per week


  • 21 days annual leave
  • Pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Access to EAP


  • Groundwork or utility experience
  • Use of tools and machinery associated with the industry
  • Full clean driving license
  • Streetworks (NRSWA)
  • Cat and Genny
  • Excavator ticket (desirable)
  • Deep excavation (desirable)
  • Abrasive wheels (desirable)
  • Confined space training (desirable)
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Is courteous, conscientious and respectful
  • Is attentive to safe working practices
  • Listen carefully, ask clarification questions
  • Positive Self Starter who is reliable


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Harriet Lawson
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I have worked in the recruitment industry for just over a year, focusing mainly on compliance for blue-collar recruitment. My favourite parts of the job are liaising with clients, speaking to candidates and building partnerships with both. Outside work, I enjoy keeping active, cooking, and socialising, especially with my friends and family.
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