Work for Essential

So, you’re wondering if a career at Essential is right for you?

Since 2006 we’ve aimed for something different. There are almost 40,000 Recruitment Agencies in the UK, but none are quite like us!


No experience? No problem. We look for personalities and potential rather than qualifications or experience.


We offer extensive training, lasting way beyond your probation period. We will teach you everything we know through our “Essential Academy”, formulated with modules to cover almost everything you’ll encounter in the Recruitment world. (As you’ll find out, when you’re working with people, you learn to expect the unexpected!)


Training and continued development is a huge part of our business model –  all of our staff at management level or above have progressed up the ranks!

That’s right, you’ll become part owner of Essential Recruitment. 

We’re 100% Employee Owned, meaning that after your first year of employment you’ll become entitled to a share of the business and the profits it makes. 

Oh, and get this – we can pay up to £3,600 to each employee annually, completely tax free. 

Read more about what it means to be an Employee Owner here.


Our Training Academy will teach you everything you need to know about Recruitment.


We’ll teach you key skills that you will carry with you throughout your career, such as:

  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Compliance
  • Accounts
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Business to Business skills
  • Networking
Our training is delivered by our experienced Directors, which each one sharing their experience and wisdom over a 12 month period. 

Training will be worked around your daily duties, meaning you’ll be learning as you go and using your new skills straight away! 

What else is part of being an Essential Employee?

Bonus schemes & extras

Love to graft? We respect that. We offer FIVE bonus schemes for you to get your mitts on;
1. Branch Bonus 
10% of the net profit for your branch is split between eligible team members
2. New Business Incentive
Gain a new contract? As a well done, you’ll get 10% of the gross margin generated in the first 6months. This is uncapped and can be extremely rewarding!
3. Perm bonus
Place a permanent member of staff with a client? Your bonus is 20% of the fee you negotiate.
4. On-call 
We offer 24/7 support to our clients, so our consultants take it in turns to take care of the branch mobile. You’ll get £50 for each week you do this!
5. Profit share

As an Employee Owned company, the profit our business makes is shared between all staff with over 1 year’s service

Social Events

From sailing to the Crystal Maze, we’ve done it all! Every year we get together for a social event where we can catch up with colleagues from other branches, let our hair down and have some fun. Work hard, play hard!

 Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays are special, and we insist you take the day off! (Unless you come in for the inevitable cake and attention)
You’ll be paid as normal and it won’t be taken from your holiday allowance. Woohoo!


Friday is basically the weekend, so we act like it! 

We pay 50p per week to dress down on Fridays (and this 100% goes to charity), plus most branches take the celebrations one step further and will order breakfast in the morning. 

Mental Health Week

During Mental Health Awareness week we run awareness campaigns, setting up activities around learning and sharing information. We think it’s super important to prioritise wellbeing and are always looking for more ways to support our employees! 

Don’t know much about recruitment? Don’t worry. Here are some common questions – but this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll teach you everything we know in time!

What does a recruitment agency do?

We find suitable candidates for our client’s vacancies, and then employ them, (when they’re working on a temporary contract) which involves things like processing their wages, their holiday pay, keeping an eye on their wellbeing etc.

How does a recruitment agency find clients?

We speak to local companies who operate in the industrial / commercial sector to find out if they could benefit from our services – or they contact us. We keep up to date with company news, new openings/closures etc by physically driving round, calling, reading local updates etc.


How does a recruitment agency make money?

We charge our clients a margin on top of the candidate’s hourly wage.


Why do recruitment agencies need candidate’s passport / bank details?

This is a common question from candidates – and it’s a very innocent answer! When employing temporary staff, we need to verify their Right to Work (hence requiring their passport) and then we need to pay them (hence requiring their bank details).

If you’re ready to go ahead and apply, here are our current vacancies…