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NES Fircroft is a specialist in providing permanent recruitment solutions across numerous engineering and technical markets, including
the Oil and Gas, Chemical, Power, Renewables and Life Sciences industries.

Our international award-winning team has over 40 years' experience in headhunting and executive search methodologies, supplying contingency hires, orchestrating retained search activities, and is built from discipline-specific consultants who truly know their markets. Our established reputation is immersed within the global marketplace and demonstrated by high candidate engagement across our online and offline platforms; through over 60 worldwide offices our global infrastructure ensures that we will locate the talent your need in order to drive your business forward.

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We create sustainable partnerships; partnering with you, we match candidates to clients based on extensive research and a thorough understanding of your operation, to ensure that mutually beneficial placements are made that deliver a positive business outcome.

When tasked with your Permanent Hire requirements, we will share our expertise and enable greater control of the hiring process through:

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    We have 60+ offices around the world and have placed over 127 nationalities into 91 countries; our candidate talent pool is both international and highly experienced.

    You don’t need to worry about conducting research, interviews or background checks.
    We’ve got it covered.

    Our sophisticated market infrastructure enables us to competently benchmark candidates in certain geographies and sectors to focus our search activity.

    We establish a suitable timeframe within which to fulfill the role and offer a range of guarantees with financial consequences to us if we don’t deliver.


    We are poised to assist our clients with hiring projects from their offices or ours. Depending on your needs we can set up a temporary project office within your site locality.

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    We make the process easy and hassle free; we manage the recruitment process, offer consultancy and produce strategic hiring plans and progress reports.


We secure the best skillsets in the industry for company-critical positions. Through undertaking detailed analysis of the current market and prospective candidate base, we deliver a targeted approach that secures the utmost professionals required by your business. No fees are charged unless we successfully source the right specialist for you.

We maintain confidentially throughout the process, managing the campaign in a sensitive fashion to ensure client and candidate integrity.

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We conduct a tailored assessment utilising our exclusive database, comprehensive reporting and analytics through technology to identify qualified candidates.

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    A global power business needed to appoint an MD for one of its UK divisions. NES was asked to undertake a confidential, exclusive retained search exercise to find the perfect fit for the role.

    NES SOLUTION// As the company required a candidate with a niche skillset, including low and medium voltage sales knowledge, as well as experience of managing a market-leading business, we took an extremely targeted approach. We dedicated a search consultant full-time to the project and tasked a team of skilled researchers to identify companies that would contain the people with the specific skills required. Following an extensive search process, we compiled a shortlist of five potential candidates for the client. Our search consultant liaised with both parties, arranged interviews and ensured that the process ran smoothly.

    Three people were invited for the second stage of client interviews, with one being chosen for a final stage interview and presentation. An offer was made and accepted by the candidate, who is now successfully performing the role.


    A leading engineering, project management and consultancy company, needed to make in 100+ specialist hires for a project in Abu Dhabi, split into three major sections – island reclamation, offshore works and onshore works – each required differing technical expertise. The client chose to partner with NES as we have the capability to attract and process large numbers of candidates from around the world, within clear project timelines, something many of our competitors could not guarantee to do.

    NES SOLUTION// We focused on the hardest to fill roles first, prioritising strategic hires such as engineering, project controls and construction management. We worked closely with our client, providing advice and support and ensuring new employees settled into their new roles and surroundings, improving staff retention.

    Using our global infrastructure we successfully recruited all required engineers from India, the Philippines, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Portugal. We mobilised all candidates to schedule and the client has since enlisted our services on two further projects in Abu Dhabi and an additional project in Qatar.


    A Life Sciences company desperately needed to find a biostratigrapher with calcareous nannofossil and foraminifera experience, a highly scientific role which they had been unable to fill for over a year.

    NES SOLUTION// NES researched the skills needed for this highly specialised role, studying research journals to find the biggest names in the industry. It was within one of these journals that we found the name of a candidate. We contacted the candidate directly for an initial discussion and their CV was subsequently put forward.

    We helped the candidate to prepare for the extensive interview, which involved the Director of Exploration and a group of Technical Advisors, Vice Presidents and Exploration Managers, all of whom were impressed with the candidate and decided to make an offer, which our candidate accepted. 

    The client was so impressed with our services that we have since been tasked with a number of search assignments.


Resource Coordinator

Resource Coordinator

Global Technological Provider for Power Generation

"My first choice is always NES. There is truly no comparison between NES and our other vendors."

Head of Engineering and HSE

Head of Engineering and HSE

Market-leading Biopharmaceutical Company

"I would recommend them to other companies looking for a fast and effective recruitment process."

Site Construction Manager

Site Construction Manager

International Manufacturer of Industrial Gases

"NES have put together an excellent team…the trades personnel supplied have all been of the highest quality."

Commissioning Manager

Commissioning Manager

Worldwide Energy Business

"A market leader in their field."

Group IT Director

Group IT Director

International Technology distribution and specialist service providers

"Tremendous dedication to our personnel… no hesitation in recommending their services"

Technical Programs Leader

Technical Programs Leader

Global Power Generation and Water Technology Supplier

"The level of 24/7 service on a global basis is second to none. Their international talent networks have proven to deliver personnel with a positive and professional attitude."