Case Study - Energy From Waste

Exclusive Recruitment

Our client is the principal EPC contractor for ​an Energy from Waste plant in Scotland, with a predicted installed capacity of 14 MW which will process 150,000 tons of material per year.

Headquartered in Spain, this is our client’s first project in the UK and they do not have a talent acquisition team in this location; their HR Director does not have the time to scour the market for appropriate candidates.

The client struggles with candidate attraction - the Scotland-based location is very remote, and the relevant local talent pool is heavily weighted towards the Offshore Oil and Gas market. In addition, The Energy from Waste market is highly competitive, with plenty of job opportunities available in much more centralised locations.

The Hiring Manager has specified that they need forward-thinking and digitally savvy teams in order to hit the ground running and achieve their tight project milestones. The speed at which staff are expected to deliver means that they prefer to hire candidates with previous experience of working for principal contractors in the UK Renewable Energy market.

NES Fircroft has a network of offices across Scotland and the wider Europe market, enabling us to leverage talent pools far and wide. We appointed a specialist and experienced Energy from Waste consultant to support the scope, who is backed by our large team of international colleagues.

Our Recruitment Solution

Through comprehensive and consistent communication we quickly established a thorough understanding of the client’s working environment and transferred this knowledge to our search

Talent pool access

Market Access

We have an exceptionally large LinkedIn following and leverage this to conduct extensive online searches and to orchestrate referrals from our existing networks. Our search involves tapping into the passive market and selling the opportunity to prospective candidates.

Quality Hiring

Employer brand

Selling the employer brand is an imperative part of our attraction technique. We convey the good opportunities in a growing market, the job security and better pay through working for the principal contractor, and their portfolio of upcoming projects which offers rare continuity of work.

Payroll services


Our award-winning teams orchestrate all payroll activity in a timely manner and use our online software to create an efficient and accurate process.

Candidate Search

Market mapping and rate benchmarking

Our client benefits from our consultancy; we keep informed of market conditions and advise the client accordingly in regards to appropriate pay rates to secure talent, and market trends which may affect the supply chain.

seamless hiring

Logistics support

Many of the contractors commute into the site for shift work. Our travel team is on hand to assist with all transport and temporary accommodation needs, removing this administrational task for the client and facilitating contractor satisfaction. Our assignment support team has also assisted in organising medicals to ensure that contactors are fit to work on site


IR35 consultancy

Advising our client in regards to the IR35 process has been instrumental in our relationship. Through assessing the client’s workforce we were able to transfer 6 contractors from their books onto ours and therefore retain this expertise on their project.

The Results

We now manage all of our client’s recruitment exclusively in the UK, supporting both permanent and contract hires across their full project lifecycle.

On average we place 3-5 CVs against each role – our extensive screening means that the client often keeps the interview process to just a 1-stage process


To date we have made 30 placements to build a full EPC team with key hires including:

  • Project Director / Manager
  • Construction Managers
  • Commercial
  • HSE
  • Civil / Mechanical / Package Managers
  • Piping Supervisor / Boiler Supervisor

The client takes comfort in the size and reach of our business and in particular has commented on our stringent compliance procedure.

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