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At exactly a year and one month since the coronavirus caused the UK to enforce a nationwide lockdown – the green shoots of recovery can be seen in defence and security companies across the world.

During the uncertain times we have faced since the pandemic, the defence and security industry showed how adaptable it can be.

Being remote 

Defence and security isn’t the first industry you would think of when it comes to working remotely, but our clients and candidates have adapted exceptionally well to the ‘new normal’ we found ourselves in during 2020.

The value of STEM innovation including some things that we take for granted such as zoom and Microsoft teams have been key weapons in making remote employment workable for engineers. For those who were still required on-site, shipyards adapted strongly to make sure the workplaces were covid secure.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) looked into how marine sectors dealt with the obstacles presented by Covid during the summer of 2020.

A commitment to hiring 

Overcoming the practical challenges caused by working on a site during the pandemic, has allowed our clients to maintain their headway on existing and new defence projects with a secure stream of talent. Marine People has had the privilege of continuing to support our partners who have worked tirelessly to ensure productivity kept its head above water.

Talented marine engineers who faced difficulties because of the pandemic also should be recognised for their hard work in dangerous times. Searching for new roles and continuing to provide the backbone for the industry has provided a firm base to recover from one of the biggest challenges naval defence and security has encountered in the last 50 years. 

The inclusive environment 

Bringing candidates onboard once hired has undoubtedly caused our clients to approach inclusivity in a way that pre-Covid we may not have seen. Understanding the issues, a new hire may face when joining either remotely, or with limited contact on-site, has been met with positivity by marine professionals.

Our candidates have spoken of the impact an inclusive environment has made when bedding into a new role – a testament to the adaptability and resilience of hiring managers and executive teams across the maritime defence and security sectors.