From day one, our expert team has worked hard to build valuable, long-standing connections with some of the most talented professionals in UK construction. These relationships, coupled with our market longevity and dedicated sector focus, means that we are best–placed to source permanent and temporary construction talent for your business.
We work with the clear objective of delivering an informed and quality service that generates tangible results.
Harvey Lawrence has remained committed to construction recruitment, with a laser focus on our core sectors, each of which are each is led by a team of experts. The markets that we specialise in are:
Trades & Labour
Fit-out & Interiors
As soon as you engage with the Harvey Lawrence team, we will align ourselves with your business, getting to know your strategy and culture, to ensure we have all of the information we need to find the right candidate. It’s this approach, one that sees us work as an extension of your team, that has helped us to build robust, productive relationships with our clients and deliver an unrivalled service time and time again.
At Harvey Lawrence, all of our candidates are screened and vetted in line with stringent processes and industry standards. We believe that meeting candidates is the right way to recruit to gain a true understanding of who they are and what they’re looking for in their next role. We also remain committed to taking references and providing detailed interview reports. It is this thorough approach that has ensured that we source exceptional candidates for your business.
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Harvey Lawrence has excelled in helping construction professionals find the right permanent and temporary roles since 2001.
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View our client testimonials.
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
Celebrating 18 years
Harvey Lawrence celebrates 18 years in business this month. As a well-known construction recruitment specialist, Harvey Lawrence sources talent across engineering, management, technical and commercial disciplines in the construction sector. The business has seen many changes in the last 18 years, and it is a consistent approach to quality that has built the successful business we know today. The driving force behind the company, Sarah Harvey, is also celebrating 30 years as a construction recruiter this year. Here, she talks about the business and what makes Harvey Lawrence successful. What motivated you to start your own recruitment business? I had always wanted to have my own business, even within my first two or three years as a recruiter. I remember attending an event with my then Director for the Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Yorkshire in 1992 and he commented “that will be you one day”. Not that I think I have reached those dizzy heights, but it did strike a chord with me and I knew that working for someone else wasn’t my long-term aim. It was my move to Manchester in 1993, to set up the Manchester office for Hays and the key role I played in the development and then management of the Northern region, that really gave me the confidence and skill. Whilst I value what l learned in nearly 12 years with a major player, I ultimately wanted to prove to myself that I could do things my own way and put my own personal stamp on a business. What makes Harvey Lawrence different? I genuinely believe the things that make us different are not all that complicated, in fact they are very simple. We are incredibly knowledgeable and we are upfront and honest. When you break it down to what clients and jobseekers want, it’s about dealing with a recruitment company that can show real market understanding and do the job properly. We know that people have long memories and therefore we consider business ethics to be high on our agenda. This attitude really helps to differentiate us in an industry in which I feel business ethics can be seriously lacking. With the increased demand for staff over the last few years, I think this lack of skill and ethics has been further eroded. There are still good recruiters out there, but I feel that they are in the minority. For the good of the sector it needs to be sorted out. For Harvey Lawrence, however, it is a major differentiator; we are much more than CV pushers. We are well-connected, particularly at senior management level and I know that we are taken seriously by many construction professionals as well as amongst our competitors. We have been around a long time, we have placed many people, including in senior level positions, which we do by doing the job properly and being so much more than post boxes. For us it is about longevity, sustainability and pride. All of these things are priceless. It is what makes you hold your head up high and I have made certain that these ethics are upheld throughout the business without compromise. What are you most proud of? I am proud that I started a business from scratch and that 18 years later it is still here and is in better shape than it has ever been with a rock-solid credit rating and credibility. The brand is respected, it is very stable and successful. I have learned some hard lessons from the last recession which makes me always keep my feet on the ground and importantly learn from mistakes. I probably didn’t realise how hard it would be to guide a business through a recession, through lots of legislative change, always gambling your own money. I think a lot of stress, busloads of determination with hopefully a smattering of insight got me through. What is the secret to longevity? It’s about being good at what you do, clearly, but it is much more than that. Adapting to change and embracing new ideas is paramount, especially in the ever-changing recruitment industry. Sadly, this industry is not known for engendering trust so Harvey Lawrence works hard to cast away the negatives associated with the recruitment industry which is why we’ve built so many long-standing relationships. I believe my three decades in the industry and valuable experience gained during this time, means I won't take unnecessary risks. Market conditions are fluid so for me, it is about sustainability, strong compliance and commercials. What do you see as the major changes in the construction sector since setting up Harvey Lawrence? For me, the industry has become much more process and governance-led and has made significant headway in improving its image. The amount of Tier 1 companies has reduced through merger/acquisition and business failure. No longer is the view that biggest is best. In fact, the SME market has really been a game changer for the sector as they now provide very real competition to the larger players and I think the view of the SME space has changed in the last 18 years. They are now taken very seriously and quite rightly as they have attracted some excellent talent. They also have the added advantage of being very price competitive. In fact, we frequently see people migrating from the large players to the regionals as they feel that they can take on a bigger role but clearly there are still those that prefer to stay with what they feel is the security of the larger players. For most people who have been in the construction sector long enough, they know that it is very susceptible to market fluctuation. I think regardless of how busy the market is, the dread of a recession is never far from peoples’ minds. We have gone from a nation of school builders to high rise residential builders. Now everyone is asking how long the developer boom will last and what will replace it. There are also those who, some may say wisely, opted to stick with public sector work as a safer option. There has definitely been a change of work streams and procurement routes, bringing with them their own challenges. What I do remember very well... a few years ago people asked what they would do after the school building had finished as they had not developed their private sector contacts in time and the same question could be asked now of those that are so heavily reliant on the private sector. There has also been a clear move of permanent staff taking to the freelance option for a whole host of reasons. This route has become more widely accepted by construction companies to attract the services of construction professionals and it is definitely the route in the trades and labour market due to its cost effectiveness. Even against the background of legislative change, I think the current market uncertainty means we will see more of this but there will need to be closer examination of how services are supplied in certain circumstances. I also think that some of the characteristics of the UK construction workforce have changed. Long gone is the general acceptance of “have suitcase, will travel” if the money is right. I think people will take less money to be near home and this attitude has strengthened over the years. In the geographical areas where we are strongest, the North West and the Midlands, people who live in Liverpool don’t tend to want to travel to Manchester and vice versa. Similarly, in the Midlands people based in Stoke-on-Trent, don’t tend to want to travel to Birmingham. Twenty years ago, it was generally accepted that you travelled in excess of an hour each way to work. Nowadays, we see people making decisions on which job to take based on its location. If they can get the train or the tram, they are often prepared to take less money for less travel. What changes have you seen in recruitment and what are your thoughts? Since the inception of Harvey Lawrence, the changes have been enormous. The way in which recruitment is done – the gradual drive towards automation and technological advance and changes in procurement of recruitment services in terms of the likes of applicant tracking systems, recruitment portals, PSLs and Master Vendors combined with the growth in social media and email marketing. All these represent change to how traditional recruitment was done. I fully recognise the importance and power of technology, particularly the value that can be created through quality content and thoughtful engagement strategies. However, I think that this is an area that is overcrowded and current content is very “same as”. I don’t think this does anything to find quality people, in fact it potentially deters quality people coming forward. I am concerned that there is a danger of deskilling and devaluing the recruitment process and the recruitment industry which would be a shame for recruiters who still want to go out and engage with clients and candidates, build relationships and find the best candidates. I think technology should be used intelligently but currently I think it is churning out uninspiring, personality-less content that will do little to bring the best people to the fore. ------ In summary, it is clear that the recruitment industry is ever evolving and keeping up is essential in such a competitive industry. The number of competitors is significantly more than when Harvey Lawrence first opened its doors, so keeping abreast of the latest developments in the industry keeps specialist recruiters at the top. The skill and knowledge of a good, well-connected recruiter with market credibility is still the key factor to delivering results in what is now a very compliance-led industry. The leadership, tenacity and adaptability that Harvey Lawrence’s founder and director Sarah has shown over almost two decades, go a long way to explain why the business is celebrating 18 strong years this month. Here’s to many more. Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss your next career move.
Brexit: What will ‘no-deal’ mean for the UK?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists there are ‘no circumstances’ in which he will delay Brexit beyond the October 31st deadline. A no-deal Brexit would see the UK leave the European Union (EU) without a withdrawal agreement in place. There would also be no agreement regarding the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Here, we take a look at the possible effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal: Trade: The UK would revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules on trade The UK would no longer be bound by EU rules, but would face the EU’s external tariffs The price of imported goods in shops could rise Some British-made products may be rejected by the EU Manufacturers could shift operations to the EU Immigration: The UK would be free to govern its own rules on immigration by EU nationals The EU could in turn control immigration for Britons Potential delays at borders due to heightened passport/custom checks Laws: Where there are no replacements, relevant EU laws would be transferred to Britain’s lawbook The UK would no longer have to adhere to the European Court of Justice The UK would still be bound to the European Court of Human Rights (Non-EU body) Financials: The Government would not have to pay the annual £13 billion to the EU budget. The UK would lose out on certain EU subsidies Reports link a no-deal scenario to an increase in public borrowing Irish border: The border issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic would remain unsolved The possible creation of a cross-border body to monitor and regulate trade across the Irish border Both the UK and EU refuse to back down on the backstop issue While many of us may be tired of the never-ending Brexit monotony, it’s important we know (roughly!) what to expect. Nobody is entirely sure what Brexit will entail for businesses, travellers & our currency – due to the fact no independent country has ever left the European Union. Previously, only member territories (Greenland, Saint Barthélemy and French Algeria) have left the EU. So… what could a no-deal Brexit mean for you? "We are leaving on October 31st, no ifs or buts" Amidst the cacophony of protests against Boris Johnson's Parliament shutdown, the Tory leader announced plans to call a general election on October 14th - if a no-deal Brexit is blocked by MPs. MPs win vote to take control of commons MPs seeking to avoid a no-deal Brexit cleared a major hurdle after voting 328-301 in favour of seizing control of the parliamentary agenda. Could this be Brexit's most important week? Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss your recruitment needs.
Harvey Lawrence was out and about in Manchester this week, a market we have operated in for almost 20 years. Our roots are in Manchester, it is where our business began and is an area that has always been at the top of our agenda. With an ever-growing population, Manchester is planning to add more than 200,000 new homes by 2037, adding to the increasing demand for Housing profess-ionals. By 2025, the city’s population is estimated to rise to 644,100 – allowing more room for growth in the years to come. Last year, 2569 residential units were delivered - the highest level in 12 years. Manchester's development pipeline suggests 2020 will deliver the most homes in nearly 20 years: Source: Deloitte Crane Survey Earlier this year, Manchester’s construction boom wasn’t just pushing the skyline to new limits – the number of live sites exceeded those of both Los Angeles and Chicago! Sarah Harvey remembers moving to the city in 1993, where she led the development of the Northern region for a global recruitment brand. It seems that Manchester is a non-stop metropolis of construction - It's vibrant, exciting and we love working in this market! Here's what Manchester's projected future skyline could look like in 2025: If you are job hunting in Manchester, click HERE or If you are looking for staff in the North West, click HERE. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn now!