Many of the original staff from the pioneering days remain – including our Chairman and CEO Sir George Iacobescu CBE – and over time many more have joined us resulting in a very strong sense of teamwork and community throughout the group.
Today, we’re made up of more than 950 people who are dedicated to one of three sub companies.
Canary Wharf Contractors Limited (CWCL) is the prestigious Construction Management arm of the Group and Canary Wharf Management Limited (CWML) provides an extensive range of managing agent functions to our tenants and visitors to the Wharf.
Together, CWCL and CWML provide a fully integrated property development and property management service and the breadth of this operation is unmatched in the industry.
Finally, Canary Wharf Limited (CWL) provides executive guidance and administrative support to the two main operational arms.
Canary Wharf Group plc has always appreciated the need to secure the right people at the right time and since its inception, we have attracted the best in the industry.
From the earliest days the Group has encouraged a sense of mutual respect, loyalty and commitment with its staff. The company invests great value in providing career development opportunities for our people and this is reflected in a culture of promoting internally whenever possible.
Teamwork is crucial to the Company’s success. People simply enjoy working together at Canary Wharf Group where there is a real sense of mutual ownership. They thrive in a place where change and challenge have always been embraced and talent is recognised and rewarded.
The Company continues to be outward looking and remains aware of its obligations to neighbours who share the surrounding area, including its commitment to local recruitment.
Since the creation of the Canary Wharf Estate, and throughout the rapid pace of development, our people have remained the key to the Company’s success and the community’s transformation.
At Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG), we recruit on merit and look for people who share our values, our ambition to be the best and our commitment to delivering the highest quality service.
Within the Group there are opportunities for employment across the various sectors of the Company, such as: Engineering/Maintenance, Landscape Gardening, Security, Administration, PA/Secretarial, Front of House, Reception, IT, Car Parks, Accounts, HR and Marketing.
We strongly believe in investing in people for the future – for example, within our Building Maintenance Department we have several apprentices, who are currently studying towards a qualification in Building Services to become fully qualified multi-skilled Building Services Engineers. This provides an excellent career ladder for promotion within this environment.
Apprentices are also employed in other areas of the business, such as landscaping, administration and security. This gives young people every opportunity to begin their career and expose themselves to a good mixture of work based learning and academic study.
Canary Wharf Group has a strong company ethic of developing staff and encouraging internal promotions.
All our vacancies are advertised internally and externally and we place a strong emphasis on local recruitment.
We work closely with government agencies specifically within Tower Hamlets and surrounding boroughs.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
“The key to Canary Wharf’s success is the people that work for Canary Wharf Group.” Chairman & CEO, Sir George Iacobescu CBE
Developing both new and existing employees is key to the future prosperity of CWG. Canary Wharf is committed to motivating its staff by developing their skills and knowledge to carry out their job efficiently for the overall success of the company. Employees undertake this development through both formal and informal training.
CWG offers an abundance of training resources to help colleagues continue to develop during the course of their career. We recognise that the need for training can arise any time in employment, therefore we continually review training needs and also encourage staff to identify their own training and development needs.
Employees wishing to undertake additional further education or training which is job and business related are given flexibility for time and study allowance.
The Performance Appraisal is conducted annually and provides the opportunity for the employees to agree development objectives with their manager and identify any training needs.
Work experience plays an important role in developing the skills of the Company’s future employees. Canary Wharf Group gives the opportunity to local students to gain key skills to help them with future employment which is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitment. The objective is to ensure we take a minimum of 40 students from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and surrounding boroughs.