Recruiters are all the same, right? Wrong. We set up Darcy Associates to change the face of the construction recruitment industry and we won't stop until we do it. We've worked with hundreds of clients and registered thousands of candidates. And we're only just getting started.
Looking for your next job in the construction industry?
You're in the right place. Check out some of the great roles we're hiring for right now, including temporary, contract and permanent.
We've worked with more than 200 clients since we launched three years ago: main contractors, shop fitters, trade specific subcontractors, M&E contractors and national house builders.
Here are a few names you might recognise.
Supportive and responsive agency that helps with the needs of our business. Darcy Associates has been the key element of the progress on one of our most intense projects to date and we are glad to have them as a supplier. Supplementing labour is a requirement for all large projects and its is not always possible to turn to subcontractors. Nathan and his team have great market knowledge and are capable on a nationwide basis.
Tania Poole - PA to Contracts Director
Darcy Associates has been finding me work for over a year and have always been very friendly and proffesional. Nick has always been contactable and rectifies any issues quickly. If you are looking for construction work, I would recommend using this company.
Roger Smith - Plant Operator
I have found Darcy Associates to be a very reliable and trustworthy company who has been an asset to our business. We have used Darcy Associates to provide labour for various trades and skill levels and they have always been very responsive to our needs. I would fully recommend Darcy Associates for the supply of trades and labour to any Construction company regardless of the size of labour force required.
Lee Morris - Quantity Surveyor
Darcy Associates have proved to be very capable and consistent in their work, supplying with speed and alacrity a great number of staff to our sites. More than once our consultant Nick has gone above and beyond to ensure that our employment needs were met inside the time frames required. I would highly recommend Darcy Associates and the team to any construction contractor looking to hire temporary staff.
Adam Snellgrove - Director
I applied for work with Darcy associates the next morning I had a phone call to start work the next day once all paperwork was sorted. I cannot stress the level of professionalism and service that has been provided. I went from one job to another and have been payed on time every time any questions I had were answered straight away. Top agency to work for and always have work can't say thank you enough for my time with you. I wish you all the best and recommend Darcy to anyone absolutely top class thank you.
Jason Fletcher, Labourer
Nick’s professional manner has been exemplary from the beginning. He conducts his business promptly and efficiently, which enables us to focus on other matters without the worry of labour shortages on site. Any issues are flagged up quickly and dealt with promptly. Our working relationship has proven very effective, and I can absolutely recommend his (and Darcy Associates) service.
Gareth Day - Quantity Surveyor
Taking Health & Safety Seriously!
At no extra charge to our clients or candidates, we provide free training to all of our workers. Having skilled staff and operating in a safe working environment is incredibly important for everyone in Construction and our training services is one of our key unique selling points. We work extremely hard at Darcy Associates setting ourselves apart from our competitors and providing the best possible candidates for all our jobs. Building relationships between us, our clients and candidates is of the utmost importance for us and providing excellent customer service is one of the values that we always stick to at Darcy. We aim to instill peace of mind that everyone on our books - across all spectrum of jobs we fill - is working to the same high standards. This is invaluable to us. Being fully trained can be an extra advantage for placing our younger candidates who are up against more experienced workers who could be less qualified. Some of our training is completed on-site. Complete free. All our consultants are qualified Face Fit RPE trainers and can visit your projects to complete the training. We come to your office or site and train whomever you need to be trained. As a proud supplier of Moldex PPE - we provide exceptionally high quality Face Masks, Filters, Ear Protection and PPE for the Construction sector. Here is a comprehensive list of all the training we provide at Darcy Associates: Asbestos Awareness Abrasive Wheels COSHH Awareness Electrical Safety Fire Marshall Advanced Manual Handling Noise Safety Slips, Trips and Falls Working at Height Work Equipment Safeguarding Face fit RPE Asbestos awareness is a particularly popular training course for our clients and is especially popular with the demolition or refurbishment sector, Although within the UK importation and use of Asbestos has been banned since 1986 and 2005 in the EU - there are of course buildings where it can still be found today. Asbestos can be in any building ranging from houses through to factories and hospitals built before 2000. It is particularly common in our hospitals which many areas have awareness stickers placed to avoid disturbance. It is the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths, hence why the training programme of Asbestos Awareness has become extremely important in our sector. So why not take advantage of our free training platform which provides these importance training courses? Get your staff trained up! Call one of our fully trained consultants today! Our offices are open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 17.30pm We have a 24/7 standby team always able to assist Free training services provided to all clients and candidates Credit terms available Single point of contact consultants Bristol 01172140052 Liverpool 01513175440 London 02039626990 Darcy Associates Limited | Recruiters for the Construction Industry
What's scaring the younger generation from Construction?
According to the construction index the UK construction workforce is ageing: ‘Between 1991 and 2011 there was a 13% increase in the numbers of construction workers aged 45 years and over. However non-UK nationals are younger – only 18% are over 45, while 47% of native UK construction workers are over 45 years old.' So the question is - what is so unattractive about working in the construction industry as a young person in the UK? Is it the case that we have simply lacked education to the younger generations about construction? Here we have an abundance of labourers registering with us daily. This number is increasing day by day. It is the case across the whole of the UK – From Cornwall to the top of Scotland. Why is this the case? Why aren’t more varied trades registering in their droves? Are there enough apprenticeship schemes across all trades in the industry? Popular trades such as Electricians and Plumbers seem to be well catered for with a vast number of schemes available from when people leave school. This is not the case with what is deemed to be "less attractive jobs" such as 360 Operators or Bricklayers. But are they "less attractive" as people are left to believe. We believe not. Did you know over the last year - we have seen the largest increase in pay rates for the more niche trades like Bricklaying. Just check out this article in the Sun that was posted earlier this year: https://goo.gl/iizbH1 Up to £90K. Fantastic. With the touchy subject of Brexit, how can we bridge this gap if according to statistics - most of our younger workforce is coming from non-UK nationals. We need to be attracting more young people into this sector! Construction is a stable career and this should be appealing as there will always be jobs available. Domestic and Commercial builds are being planned and built every single day. What is the heavily funded CITB doing to attract people into the younger generation? We don't think much. Are we targeting the youth in schools? Are we talking about the varied job prospects in construction? Are we letting people know about the earning potential? We need to be securing the future of our industry. Sean Rice, Resourcer at Darcy Associates is working hard by registering as many Under 30s as possible. Attracting talent is always a challenge but by remaining transparent, honest and approachable - we are setting a new image for the recruitment sector and giving the younger generation opportunities. Darcy Associates is a young business that is always looking to lead the market. We advertise through LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Social Media is an excellent platform for the younger generation to find job opportunities. Experience and qualifications come with time and effort - you really do have to be in it to win it. Pick up the phone and talk to our extremely knowledgeable consultants. We can help you start your construction career today! Our offices are open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 17.30pm We have a 24/7 standby team always able to assist Free training services provided to all clients and candidates Credit terms available Single point of contact consultants Bristol 01172140052 Liverpool 01513175440 London 02039626990 Darcy Associates Limited | Recruiters for the Construction Industry
Candidate no shows? How can it be overcome!
Reliability in the recruitment industry is everything. It can be our biggest disappointment at Darcy when we spend time vetting candidates thoroughly and they let us down. This is bound to happen on occasion and we appreciate things can crop up - however not everyone in the recruitment world is as honest as we are. It certainly doesn’t help our clients who are expecting people on site and have deadlines to work too. Managing this headache when it occurs is part of our service. It is frustrating for us when it happens because our customer is let down and in turn our reputation is tarnished. And we have been given every excuse in the book from some people. The hardest thing to manage is when someone says they are up for a job, has a wealth of experience and does not show up. As part of our service for both customers and candidates we ring all of our starters on the morning they go in - ensuring they have got to site and are happy with the job. On the odd occasion they do not show up, we have a contingency plan in place. Our team gets back on the case for a replacement immediately as a matter of urgency. We are operational 24 hours a day and open the office from 7:30am. That makes us ready to help our clients and candidates as early as possible. As a rule of thumb we shortlist a number of candidates per job but only ever offer the correct amount of candidates the work. We always inform anyone who was unsuccessful they will be kept in mind for a back-up. This keeps with our values of being ethical. Sean Rice, Resourcer at Darcy Associates comments on let downs: "The recruitment industry is tarnished with a reputation of unreliability. Darcy Associates is looking to change this image. While we have no control on people whether they turn up for work or not - one thing we can do is to vet candidates properly. Sometimes it can be hard not to take let downs to heart but having a strong team behind you to help resolve issues for our clients really makes us stand out" We use the latest technology and CRM system to get the best pool of candidates for the job. There is always a plan and process in place to be on standby with resolutions happening as quick as possible for our clients. In an ideal world we try for a same day replacement so the job is not disrupted. If you are looking for a recruitment agency that cares about its clients and candidates, vets applicants strictly and always strives to be number one - give us a call. Our offices are open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 17.30pm We have a 24/7 standby team always able to assist Free training services provided to all clients and candidates Credit terms available Single point of contact consultants Bristol 01172140052 Liverpool 01513175440 London 02039626990 Darcy Associates Limited | Recruiters for the Construction Industry