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Search Consultancy Overview

Glasgow, Scotland
501 to 1000 employees
1987
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Established in 1987, Search Consultancy has grown to become one of the UK's leading recruitment consultancies. With 15 offices across the country, a lively, positive team atmosphere and an incredibly supportive management structure, there really is no better ... Read more

Mission: To be the recruitment partner of choice to organisations who are aiming to achieve success through talented and motivated people. We are here to provide expertise and value to both our candidates and clients at every stage of the recruitment process.

Company Updates

  • Search Aviation has launched its third dedicated aviation recruitment hub, to be based in Manchester Airport.

    In 2017 Search Aviation, the specialist division of national recruitment firm Search Consultancy which currently supplies staffing solutions to airports across the north and south of England, opened new premises in Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The new Manchester Airport hub, which will be located in Terminal 2, is the company’s first North West site that will be dedicated to filling positions in the aviation sector.

    One essential service Search Aviation provides is exclusive insight into the new standards required to obtain security passes resulting in temporary or permanent employment across all airports nationwide. The new Search Aviation hub will enable the team to meet directly with clients and candidates, making the candidate interviewing process easier for clients, and giving candidates easier access to Search’s aviation specialists for career advice.

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  • Search Consultancy has appointed Laura Mallinson as Managing Consultant within the firm’s England-wide Marketing team.

    Operating across the Northwest and Southeast of England, Laura will primarily work with clients across the digital agency market, and assist marketing professionals from entry-level assistants and executives through to digital specialists and senior appointments.

    When asked about her appointment, Laura said: “I’m delighted to join Search, it’s a really exciting time for the business and I look forward to working with the team to help further expand our Marketing presence across England.”

    John O’Connor, Associate Director for Professional Services recruitment in England added: “I’m delighted to welcome Laura on boardshe has a huge amount of experience and is passionate about her market. I have every confidence that she will be instrumental in enhancing our marketing recruitment offering throughout England.”

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Search Consultancy – Why Work For Us?


At Search, we know our people make the difference. We aim to recruit the best consultants in the market, or those that have the potential to be the best and then we apply our award-winning training programme.  To back up that training, coaching 'on the job' is the next step through a layered management structure of people who are already brilliant recruiters.

With 13 offices across the UK and over 650 staff, Search offers a structured career path which allows for progression for both experienced and new consultants. In addition, our bonus scheme is one of the recruitment industry’s best, allowing your earnings to match your success and ambition.

Whatever the background, our people really make us special. We are extremely proud to be named in The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Best Companies To Work For for the sixth year in a row. Together with our newly acquired Investors in People Platinum status, = our sheer dedication to make our staff feel welcome and valued cannot be faulted. 

We know our industries and sectors – we consult with clients and candidates because we understand the jobs they do and no other recruitment companies do this on our scale. Others have worked in sales organisations or at other recruiters and have decided to make the move to one of the UK’s leading recruitment consultancies.

What could be more satisfying as a career than using your professional understanding to help people progress in their careers while you make a success of your own!


At Search, we offer a training package for all consultants new to the company which is regarded as one of the best in in the recruitment industry.

All consultants are given an intense induction covering how we operate and what we expect from you. We’ll also give a transparent overview of how our bonus system works and go through our additional incentive schemes, so you can quickly get a full understanding of how your hard work will translate into financial reward.

We’ll work hard to get the very best out of you and you can expect regular investment in training and workshops to ensure your skills remain sharp and fully utilised. 


"Both trainers had so much knowledge and passion on what they were teaching us. I overcame any preconceptions I had about working in recruitment and what a recruitment consultant characteristics were. I feel like I am now more than capable of being a success in my role thanks to the training I have received."

"Amazing three days. I was really looked after and felt very much a part of Search. I have learned so much and I can't wait to put everything I have learnt into practice".

At Search, all employees live by our values and demonstrate them in all that we do. It's important that our employees share in our 'Be Search' philosophy, as laid out in our company values, which were generated by our staff, for our staff.

BE PASSIONATE & DRIVEN

About finding the right person for the right job, about our business, about our careers.

BE SUPPORTIVE & RESPECTFUL

To our colleagues, to our candidates, to our clients.

BE HONEST & OPEN

To our clients, to our candidates, to ourselves.

BE INNOVATIVE & FLEXIBLE

In all that we do, have vision & insight into our clients’ needs.

BE KNOWLEDGEABLE & CONSULTATIVE

About Search, about our client’s business, about our candidates’ needs and aspirations.

Working at Search is like working at no other recruitment consultancy. We have one of the industry’s best and most rewarding bonus schemes. Once you join Search, if you work hard to get results you’ll be rewarded financially and enjoy a standard of living.

Search also operate a number of additional incentive schemes over and above our bonus structure, allowing you to be regularly recognised for your hard work. Celebratory events are held for our high flying employees at the end of every quarter, so you’ll always have a goal to strive towards. 


Our fun, passionate and competitive working environment is superbly supported by our energising and open management team who are always available to offer advice and whose aim is to always see you excel and perform to your full potential.

We recognise that our business success is built on our people and that they are our foundation and future. If you’re ambitious, hard-working and driven, your future is with Search. 

      Grahame Caswell - CEO

Grahame is the Chief Executive Officer of Search Consultancy and has been with the group since leading the first management buy out in 2000. He was also behind the most recent management buy out in May 2017 which resulted in new investment from H2 Equity Partners. Grahame’s role oversees the business, but still sees him visiting clients, both current and prospective.

Grahame has been involved in the recruitment industry since 1978.  He started his first business Xpert Recruitment in 1981, which grew organically from one office to 14 offices across the south of England and was sold to Kelly Services in 1991.  In the same year, Grahame was appointed UK Managing Director for Kelly Services.  During the next eight years Grahame oversaw the significant growth of Kelly’s UK business to approximately £216 million of turnover and around 900 staff, before assuming responsibility for Kelly’s Northern European business.

Grahame is passionate about Search as a business and the 700+ people who work for the organisation. He is proud to lead a team of driven individuals all pursuing the same goal.

Grahame is married to Chief Operating Officer Debbie.

Stuart is the Finance Director of Search Consultancy Limited and Search Consultancy Group plc, and has been with the group since September 2010.

Stuart’s role includes responsibility for all financial matters within the group, including management accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, credit control, and the staff and temp payrolls.

Stuart’s career prior to joining Search included nine years with Deloitte where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and four years as Group Financial Controller of Stockland UK.

      Debbie Caswell - COO

Debbie’s recruitment career began in January 1990 with Kelly Services where she progressed to Regional Manager North. She joined Search in August 2000 to open the brand new supersite in Manchester, going on to become Managing Director for England before assuming her current role as Chief Operating Officer in 2017. She has operational responsibility for over 700 recruitment and support professionals through a network of 15 offices across the UK.

Debbie’s experience lies largely in start-up projects; business development in new locations and specialist divisions. She is an expert in building teams, identifying new markets and business opportunities for Search’s expansion.

Debbie leads her business with real passion, energy and dedication which is rewarded through great loyalty and engagement from her employees.

Patrick Kalverboer - Managing Partner at H2

Patrick is from H2, the investment consultancy behind Search's 2017 management buy out. He joined H2 in Amsterdam in 1996 before moving to the UK in 2011 to establish the London office.

As Managing Partner of H2, he is involved in all aspects of investments, from origination of opportunities to execution of improvement programs and exits.

At the time of the management buy out, Patrick said: “H2 has built an exceptional track record of acquiring, stabilising, strengthening and growing fundamentally attractive businesses and we saw Search Consultancy as an extremely attractive proposition. We are delighted to have completed the deal, and look forward to working with Grahame and his team to further develop and scale up the business in line with their ambitions.”

Katherine Ho - Investment Director at H2

Katherine joined H2 in 2011 having spent six years in investment banking. She is responsible for both investing and portfolio work at H2.

As well as the acquisition of Search, Katherine has been involved in the acquisitions of Eurocell, NRS Healthcare and Hancocks.

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    Pros

    Search is my first recruitment job and couldn't ask for better training and guidance. From the moment I started at Search I was provided with all information required to carry out my job effectively and constant development with my manager. The opportunities to develop and be promoted are clearly laid out and targets are clearly set.
    Everyone at Search are so helpful even across Divisions if need any advise and senior management are heavily involved and contactable regarding anything. I couldn't imagine working for another recruitment company.

    Cons

    Had no bad experiences regarding Search and would recommend to anyone looking to join Recruitment.

    Advice to Management

    To carry on being involved in all levels of Consultants development and makes such a difference to someone new coming into Recruitment to learn of experienced Managers and Directors.

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Search Consultancy Photos

Search Consultancy photo of: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our Liverpool office!
Search Consultancy photo of: Search is absolutely delighted to be one of only 6 companies in the UK to have been awarded this prestigious award. This is testament to the fantastic employees who work with us.
Search Consultancy photo of: Our scientific divisional managers are experts in recruitment at all levels, from entry level graduates and PhD scientists, to laboratory managers and executives
Search Consultancy photo of: The Caswells at our end of year party for our North and Midlands staff
Search Consultancy photo of: Our IRP nominees enjoying a glamorous night out in London. Congratulations to you all.
Search Consultancy photo of: The Glasgow office services team
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Search Consultancy Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Search Consultancy (Manchester City Centre, England) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Initially had a telephone interview which went well however the face-to-face interview did not go as well. The interviewer seemed nice, offered me a drink which I declined (maybe I shouldn't have). Started by asking me to explain my CV. Also it seemed important that the candidate for the job was resilient as the job requires someone to do the same tasks day in day out.

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Search Consultancy Awards & Accolades

  • Investors in People Platinum, Investors in People, 2016
  • Recruitment Agency of the Year - Large, Recruiter Magazine, 2017
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016
  • The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £100 Million +, Recruitment International UK, 2017
  • Best Company to Work For (more than 250 employees), Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 2015
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