Recruitment Agencies

Using a recruitment agency to find a job is a typical way to find temporary work and jobs in specific sectors. So knowing how to find out about recruitment agencies and how to make best use of them is a wise move for many job seekers.


How to use recruitment agencies

A recruitment agency can help you by finding you vacancies for employers who are contracted to that agency. The recruitment agency advertises vacancies covering permanent and temporary positions. Employers use recruitment agencies in order to:

  • Recruit for a new type of post for which they have no expertise
  • Minimise publicity when recruiting in one area of work while losing staff in another
  • Conceal recruitment activities from competitors
  • Get help with the recruitment process e.g. if they don't have enough staff to deal with it

Many agencies specialise in certain types of work, within certain sectors or geographical areas. The employer pays the agency to assist them in filling a job. You should not be asked to pay the agency for finding you work. When registering with agencies remember that the employer is the agency's primary client and not you.

Many agencies are members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which is the national body that represents the recruitment industry. Recruitment agencies are a popular tool for finding a job, and, used properly, they may be able to help you in your search for a graduate career.

You can search for Recruitment agencies that specialise in a particular type of work, on the website of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Agency Central is another source which provides access to thousands of recruitment agencies and job sites. It is searchable by industry type, skills that agencies look for, and by location. Yellow Pages also allows you to search for recruitment agencies by location

Some agencies just exist online and enable you to post your application form on the site for employers to view. You need to check the security of the site, as you are supplying personal information.


Recruitment agencies in the North West

Recruitment agencies deal with jobs from all employment sectors and advertise vacancies covering permanent and temporary positions. They are a popular tool for finding a job and, used properly, they may be able to help you in your search for a graduate career. There are many agencies with offices in the North West that specialise in particular employment sectors.

Here is a list of primarily North-west agencies. This list is only intended as a sample of recruitment agencies and is by no means exhaustive. Appearance on this list does not mean that Careers & Enterprise recommends these agencies above others.

Accountancy and finance

  • GAAPweb is the leading job site for finance and accountancy students and graduates: You can use GAAPweb in your job search to:   
    • Search over 2000 roles in the UK and overseas    
    • Upload your CV so recruiters and employers can find you    
    • Set up job alerts and get the latest graduate accountancy and finance jobs direct to your inbox    
    • Sign up for our newsletters to see who’s hiring    
  • Instinct Credit Recruitment has an office in Eccles (Salford)  
  • Phoenix Way has an office in Manchester
  • Recruiter Talent are a global talent management platform  
  • RK Accountancy operates from offices in Altrincham, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington (Cheshire)
  • Robert Half Finance & Accounting has offices in Liverpool and Manchester
  • Ruth Halliday Associates has an office in Manchester
  • Stark Brooks Associates has an office in Manchester


  • CASTUK has an office in Manchester
  • Eden Brown has an office in Manchester  
  • Gradcracker science, engineering & technology work placements and graduate opportunities  
  • Harvey Lawrence has offices in Cheadle Hulme (Stockport) and Liverpool
  • Hays Construction operates out of offices in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Warrington (Cheshire)
  • Leap 29 has an office in Wilmslow (Cheshire)
  • Anderselite has an office in Salford.


  • Morson International operates from offices in Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria), Salford, Preston and Whitehaven (Cumbria)
  • CASTUK has an office in Manchester
  • First Technical has an office in Warrington (Cheshire)
  • Gradcracker science, engineering & technology work placements and graduate opportunities
  • Huxley Engineering has an office in Manchester
  • Intec (UK) Ltd is based at Heysham (Lancashire)
  • Jam Recruitment has an office in Sale (Manchester)
  • Qreer European Technical Job Board in Engineering, Software, Science and Technology
  • The Sterling Choice - recruitment for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and engineering sector

Health and social care

  • Harbex Nursing and Care has an office in Urmston (Manchester)
  • People Plus has an office in Manchester
  • Your World Healthcare is a global healthcare recruitment agency, placing a wide range of healthcare professionals from all medical sectors including Nursing, Doctors, Allied Health Professionals (AHP), Health Science Services (HSS) and Non-Medical Non-Clinical to public and private sector healthcare settings in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Australia



Media, Advertising and PR

Public Sector

Scientific Services

Recruitment agencies outside the North West

  • Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment content on site includes advice on applications, CVs, assessment centres and cover letters, search facility look for sales graduate jobs. You can submit your CV through the website, where recruitment consultants will try to place you in a suitable role.  

  • The Graduate Recruitment Company based in London (media sales, new media & digital, IT, marketing, accountancy & finance, corporate sales, events, property sales and recruitment)  
  • Glassdoor almost like a ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’, Glassdoor is a community where students can find out what it's really like to work at more than 300,000 companies - with millions of company reviews and ratings, salary reports, interview questions and more.  
  • Our Graduates an online job platform for students and graduates supported by the Prince’s Trust.


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