Developing a human resource strategy

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Introduction Tarmac was established in 1903 and is the UK’s leading supplier of building materials and aggregates to the building industry. Tarmac is most often associated with constructing roads or major building projects such as the new Heathrow terminal and Wembley Stadium. However, materials derived from quarrying are used within many different sectors, including manufacturing light bulbs, chewing gum and toothpaste. Tarmac’s operational structure is divided into two key areas: Tarmac UK and Tarmac International. Tarmac UK is sub-divided into two separate businesses: Tarmac Ltd extracts key building aggregates and materials.Tarmac Building Products Ltd focuses on turning raw materials into products useable by the building sector. Tarmac International develops building products for supply around the world, especially in the United Arab Emirates. Nearly 11,000 employees work for Tarmac in a variety of work settings that include: 135 quarries13 wharves73 asphalt plants172 concrete plants36 recycling sites. In the past, most people’s view of a Tarmac employee would have been a man in a hard hat. That is not the case anymore. Tarmac depends on having people with high levels of skill in externally-facing roles such as sales, customer service and marketing, as well as internal roles in IT, finance or procurement (often…

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