Harvey Lawrence is one of the UK’s most respected construction recruitment specialists. With a reputation for market-leading skills and commitment to quality, our team of experts work closely with clients and candidates to successfully match the right talent with the right opportunities, every time.
Founded in 2001, we have built strong relationships with a broad range of construction multinational to regional construction businesses. Our market longevity and depth of industry understanding means that Harvey Lawrence sources and places the best talent for a wide range of construction roles, both permanent and temporary.
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We are passionate about being honest and transparent, and this is reflected in all our business dealings. Integrity is pivotal to the way we do business and is a key reason why our customers return to us again and again.
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Harvey Lawrence has real longevity as a construction recruitment specialist, earning us influence with key decision makers. Our depth of market knowledge and understanding is what makes us a credible recruitment partner.
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We have been a consistent force in recruitment throughout different economic climates and this consistency has given us the resilience and skill set to adapt to change. We are proud of our dedicated focus on the construction sector and our absolute commitment to the industry and the individuals within it.
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Pivotal to our work ethos is operating in collaboration with our clients and candidates, as well as each other. We celebrate a culture that encourages teamwork and strives to achieve the best overall value for everyone.
Our Story So Far
Harvey Lawrence was launched by Sarah Harvey hitting the North West region specialising in permanent white-collar recruitment.
Within 2 years of launching the business the reputation and shear hard work from the Harvey Lawrence team saw the company achieved record high placements of white-collar staff both permanent and temporary.
We expanded our Manchester operation and moved into new offices. 2005 saw major development of the sales team in this region.
Harvey Lawrence saw major expansion of the business by opening a second office in the Midlands. Our services also grew, and we could offer not only a solution to white-collar professionals, but a blue-collar trades and labour desk was launched with a dedicated team.
Although the heart of our work is North West & Midlands based, in 2012 we offered UK wide coverage of permanent and temporary staff to our clients.
As the construction boom grew so did our sales team and in the Midlands. The team doubled in size and moved into brand new offices in Stafford. We also celebrated major success as we were selected to lead the recruitment drive on a number of high-profile new build projects for tier one contractors.
This year saw major growth for Harvey Lawrence seeing double the number of placements made since 2015. One of our most successful years to date!
We reached new heights of ‘temporary staff working’ seeing a 28% growth. We also celebrated repeat business from clients that have continuously worked with us for over 10 years!
With the ocean of tower cranes and major developments in both the Midlands and North West we predict ongoing opportunities in the construction sector and are looking forward to the continued growth of our well-established business.
The stand out recruitment company in the North West. When I've finished a contract with a client, Harvey Lawrence have never failed to secure another freelance role. They excel and do not disappoint. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Noel Kenny - Senior Quantity Surveyor
I have worked through Harvey Lawrence for the past four years as Senior Site Manager. Prior to this, I have used Harvey Lawrence to provide managers when I have required them on projects. I have always found Harvey Lawrence to be very professional in both working through them and providing quality candidates and would highly recommend them.
Lee Harris - Senior Site Manager
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Harvey Lawrence. They are extremely dedicated to those individuals with whom they work and are committed to seeking out the right opportunities for those candidates that they represent. They take time to understand their clients, their requirements and their long-term career aspirations which ensures that they find the right fit in terms of the company that they place them in. I have been delighted with the service that I have received from the team at Harvey Lawrence.
Lisa Bowden - Project Director
The Harvey Lawrence team were understanding during the recruitment process and once successful, quickly sorted the contract in line with our discussions. The proactive support from the team has resulted in follow on contracts in an enjoyable, busy environments.
Chris Dutch - Senior Planner
Working with Harvey Lawrence has been a pleasure from day one. From my initial meeting at the interview they made me feel very welcome. My placement was well-planned in advance including directions to site and all the necessary paperwork, making starting on the day hassle-free and not at all daunting.
Natalie Eckert - Document Controller
I chose Harvey Lawrence through a recommendation. From the start I found Harvey Lawrence very approachable, they found me a contract as a Site Manager with a leading construction company. I was issued all the relevant information and was put at ease. A massive thank you to the Harvey Lawrence team for their dedication to the construction industry. I would instantly recommend anyone looking to pursue a career via an agency to use Harvey Lawrence.
Paul Rushton - Site Manager
The service that I have received from Harvey Lawrence was totally brilliant and would recommend the company to anyone. Thanks for your help.
Rob Wright - Senior Site Manager
Harvey Lawrence proactively work in the interest of candidates and clients to get the best outcomes. They make it a point of note to keep you fully updated which is very helpful for decision-making. They are professional and mindful of personal circumstances.
Adebare Awogbemi - Design Manager
Harvey Lawrence provide a best in class service to both candidates and clients alike, with a professional recruitment offering that is unrivalled in the North West construction market. Not only do they take the time to listen to their clients requirements, they provide advice on the market conditions so as to successfully manage the expectations of all parties involved in the process. Whether you are looking for your next move or a construction professional to bring into your business, there are no better in the industry than the team at Harvey Lawrence.
Hayden Connolly - Quantity Surveyor
I have been using the services of Harvey Lawrence for the last four years and over this period they have proved to be very reliable and conduct their business in a very professional and discreet manner. All candidates that they put forward have been thoroughly vetted before formal interview which makes sure that they are the right fit for the role and of a good quality. Harvey Lawrence are always my first point of call when on a recruitment drive as the quality of service and candidates have always been excellent.
Kevin Hudson - Contracts Manager
I have worked with Harvey Lawrence for over 10 years and throughout those years they have always gone above and beyond to find the very best candidates suited to my particular requirements, they offer a very personalised service which shows in the candidates that they put forward.
Tony Shenton - Project Director
Having used Harvey Lawrence for permanent and temporary recruitment requirements for a number of years it is clear, unlike a number of competitors, that they listen to and understand a brief provided and deliver candidates that fit the profile and skill set required.
Nick Summerfield - Project Director
Harvey Lawrence provided a number of excellent candidates for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital project and are always responsive to our very demanding requirements.
David Hollywood - Project Director
Of all the projects I’ve worked on over the last ten years with Harvey Lawrence, they have never let me down with labour. The Harvey Lawrence team have always been very helpful and trustworthy. One thing management require is the confidence that agencies provide them with the best possible labour and that all operatives are vetted. Harvey Lawrence gives us that on every occasion. I will definitely use Harvey Lawrence again in the future.
Ben Shakespeare - Site Manager
I have worked with Harvey Lawrence for just over three years. What has made Harvey Lawrence stand out for me is that everyone in the company works closely together for our success. We are not one of the “big agencies” but that is something I have always thought of as an advantage and when it comes to our candidates and clients, we have always strived for a more personal and in-depth relationship. We enjoy what we do which has led to strong, ongoing relationships.
Matthew Emsley - Senior Recruitment Consultant
Having worked for Harvey Lawrence for a number of years now, I can honestly say that I am still proud to work here and be a part of a successful sales team. The company really does stand by its values and ethos and this hasn’t flinched since the day I started work here. I feel this is the key to happy clients and candidates and is proven by the repeat business we get and the recommendations we receive.
Marie Stephens - Senior Recruitment Consultant
I joined the Harvey team earlier this year to specialise in the supply of trades and labour. I have been supported by the team to develop my skills further. I admire the whole team, in particular Sarah Harvey with her depth of knowledge. Personally, I see Sarah as an inspiration. She has established Harvey Lawrence as a reputable construction recruiter. This is clear when speaking with clients and candidates. I am looking forward to the year ahead.
Dawn Statham - Recruitment Consultant
I joined Harvey Lawrence a few months ago and have been gradually settling into the business. I have worked in recruitment for a number of years but what I am particularly enjoying about the business is the culture which is based on honest relationships with clients and candidates. I have noticed that there are a large number of clients that we have long-standing relationship with and I believe that this is down to their positive experience in knowing they get the right candidates for the job.
Sonia Houghton - Recruitment Consultant
I joined Harvey Lawrence twelve years ago and in that time I have seen a lot of changes within the construction industry. One thing that has remained constant is the duty of care and attention that Harvey Lawrence show their clients and candidates on a daily basis. I like that we don’t cut corners. We are consistent in the service level we give and we take the time to get to know the companies and the people within them. This is a large part of what makes my job enjoyable.
Claire Kettle - Managing Consultant
I enjoy working at Harvey Lawrence as the company has a great culture. There is a big focus on sharing the workload and the training and support I have received since returning to work in the UK has been amazing. Everyone is more than willing to help with their knowledge and there is a huge support between all departments across the business.
Clare Bellingham - Compliance and Payroll Manager
Working at Harvey Lawrence has enabled me to experience another industry sector and develop my knowledge and skills within the fast-paced world of construction recruitment. I enjoy working with processes and procedures to enable a faster and more efficient work environment for my colleagues. I am pleased that I am now in a company that appreciates my skill set and abilities and, of course, lots of free coffee helps!
Frances Cathcart - Accounts and Administration Manager
Happy to recommend Harvey Lawrence, they provide a good solid service and understand my requirements.
David Watts - Contracts Manager
I’ve known Harvey Lawrence for many years and I have used them extensively for my recruitment needs. I see them as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable recruiters in the northern market with a great knowledge of the industry. They are confidential and understand the ever changing needs of a contractor.
Shaun Jones - Construction Director
Fit-out & Interiors
Trades & Labour
Building, the powerhouse of our business
Our Building division is the foundation of our business. We have a proven track record of recruiting for building contractors and our success in this market sector is outstanding. We are very well- versed in all levels of temporary and permanent roles for the build sector across the range of Tier 1, SMEs and specialist subcontractors.
Housing, longstanding roots in recruiting housing professionals
Our specialist recruitment team at Harvey Lawrence possess almost twenty years experience recruiting for both private developers and social housing organisations. Whether it be large-scale developments or more bespoke residences, our clients include major national and regional house builders through to social housing contractors.
Fit-Out & Interiors, understanding the recruitment needs of fast-paced projects
Our recruitment team at Harvey Lawrence works with a range of clients that specialise in fast-track projects across various sectors including commercial, retail and residential. We understand the distinct challenges of this sector and we know the right talent who can transform blank shells into inspiring spaces.
Trades & Labour, fuelling construction growth through quality resource
Our specialist Trades & Labour recruitment team at Harvey Lawrence works with clients to provide some of the best tradespeople and labour resources working in UK construction today. We have focused heavily on creating strong talent pools in various demographics throughout the UK and therefore can responde quickly to your site requirements.