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FAQ's

Who is Search?

Established in 1987 in Glasgow, Search Consultancy is one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies with an impressive growth story and presence across Scotland and England in our 14 strategically placed offices.

We have an established and highly successful business model that provides our customers with a tailored solution dependent entirely on their specific recruitment or general Human Resources needs.

Search operate across over 30 separate recruitment specialisms managed in seven core vertical markets; Healthcare, Commercial, Technology & Transformation, Professional Services, Transport & Industrial, Construction and Technical & Engineering. Our expertise allows us to work effectively across both the private and public sectors.

Our consultants are dedicated to recruitment within their own specialism and often have previous experience of working within it.  Their experience, supported by our rigorous training allows them to become true experts within their field, equipped with the knowledge and expertise to source and recruit only the highest calibre of candidates for our clients.

Who do we work with?

Search operates from 14 offices with a presence in a variety of industries and we are fortunate to have built a large client base with some of the UK’s leading companies. Find out more about our client portfolio.  Can we add you to the list? We welcome businesses of all sizes and work across both the public and private sectors.

Who’s in our team?

Search has over 700 employees in the UK with a wealth of recruitment experience and expertise. From the managing directors and senior consultants to the principal and trainee consultants, they all offer something unique to Search. Why not take a more in-depth look at our senior leadership team.

What products and services do we offer?

Our clients can expect to receive an exceptional service at every stage of the recruitment process. Whether you require help to fill one vacancy, or you need to recruit an entire team, Search will help you manage the process from start to finish. We offer a range of different services that go beyond traditional recruitment. Find out more about our recruitment services or contact us for a free consultative service.

I have a vacancy. What do I do next?

Contact Search via our contact form, alternatively contact your local office by email or phone or Find a Search office near you and get in touch. We will pass your enquiry to a specialist recruitment consultant with expertise in your industry. They will guide you through the recruitment service we offer and what to expect if you choose Search as your recruitment partner. We look forward to hearing from you.

How long does it take to fill a role?

Search aim to work to whatever deadlines you give us, and our consultants will be fully transparent from the start of the process to ensure that your expectations are managed accordingly. The exact length of time will depend on a number of factors including the role itself, salary, market conditions, interview arrangements and vetting procedures. Contact us today to find out more.

How much does it cost to recruit a candidate through Search?

There is no set fee to recruit exceptional candidates. The cost depends on various factors relating to your recruitment needs. Please contact us to discuss your needs further and to gain an understanding of our pricing structure for your next hire.

How does Search attract candidates?

By choosing Search as your recruitment partner, you will have access to the very latest candidate attraction technologies and methodologies as well as one of the largest, most diverse candidate databases in the UK. We are able to supply exceptional candidates to support all levels and types of recruitment; from sourcing highly skilled, challenging to uncover, scarce skill sets on a permanent basis through to high volume temporary staff.

In addition to our growing database, we utilise both generalist and niche job boards and can advertise your roles to our growing network across the digital landscape.

How does Search assess a candidate’s suitability for a role?

In addition to traditional interviewing methodologies where we establish candidate’s experience, skills and aspirations, Search can also conduct psychometric tests to evaluate personality traits, attitude and job/academic potential.

Search is able to use the latest technology to conduct elements of your recruitment process making for a more efficient recruitment process where suitability can be highlighted early on, guaranteeing only the very best candidates are shortlisted for a client interview.

Search also supports our clients through the post-offer process with pre-employment screening ensuring full compliance for your business through referencing and background checks by using SecureSearch.

Does Search conduct pre-employment screening?

Yes. Search is able to provide pre-employment screening and vetting through Secure Search Our cloud-based platform that is accessible from any PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It manages every aspect of the pre-screening process including full background checks and references.

Does Search offer an RPO solution? 

Yes, Search has established and exceptional RPO solution, Search Insource. The concept is built around managing 'internal' recruitment with 'external' expertise through recruitment insight, process management expertise and market intelligence. Search Insource operates using a browser-based e-recruitment system which can be highly customised and tailored to suit your recruitment needs from creating efficiencies in large volume campaigns and temporary staffing to niche recruitment projects.  

Can Search manage volume recruitment campaigns?

Yes. Our Shared Service Centre specialises in the delivery of each element of the recruitment process.  Search recognise the impact that volume recruitment can have on an in-house recruitment or HR team and as such, can deliver each element of the recruitment process on a transactional basis, from candidate attraction to employee on-boarding.

Search’s exceptional consultants work closely with our clients to ensure that services are tailored to suit their business in order to deliver the best results.

I have a vacancy I’d like Search to fill. How do I go about this? 

Contact Search via our website. Our Recruitment Consultant’s will be delighted to speak to you about placing the right candidate at your company! You can contact your nearest Search office by email or phone or complete our contact form on search.co.uk/contact-us.

A full list of our offices can be found on our Location page. You'll be put in touch with a specialist consultant with expertise specific to your industry. The consultant will talk you through the full recruitment process and what you can expect by using Search as a recruitment partner. We look forward to hearing from you.

What industries does Search recruit for?

​Search operates in over 30 different specialisms including Construction, Office Services, Accountancy, Hospitality, Call & Contact Centre, Nursing and more.

If you need a social worker in Manchester, an executive secretary in Sheffield or a java developer in Edinburgh, Search can help. A full list of the sectors that we recruit in can be found in our Client section.

How long does it take to fill a role?

Search will aim to work to whatever deadlines you give us, and our consultants will be fully transparent from the start of the process to ensure that your expectations are managed accordingly. The exact length of time will depend on a number of factors including the role itself, salary, market conditions, interview arrangements and vetting procedures.

I’m based in Inverness, but I’m recruiting for a role in Brighton. Can Search help?

Of course Search can help! One of the benefits of using a recruitment agency with 14 sites across the UK is that Search has consultants in place nationwide who know their local markets. If you’re looking for a construction worker in Aberdeen, a PA in Leicester or an accountant in Manchester, Search can help.

Contact the Search office closest to where your vacancy is based, and one of our consultants will be on hand to discuss your options.