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, bus-loads 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 commericals. 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.
Commonwealth Games - What will Birmingham 2022 mean for the city?
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief David Grevemberg states Birmingham has "little room for error" as it prepares to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Birmingham now has just three years to complete a range of projects before staging one of the world’s biggest sporting events. The South African city of Durban was initially selected to host the 2022 Games. However, it was stripped of the event after failing to meet key obligations. "With this accelerated timeframe there becomes little room for error, which has its risks, but it also has its benefits," Grevemberg told BBC Sport. "You're not constantly planning and reinventing, you actually have to get on the ground and start making things happen.” Construction has already begun on the Commonwealth Games Village site in Perry Barr – which will provide a ‘home away from home’ for around 6,500 athletes and officials arriving to the Midlands in the summer of 2022. Commitments secured by Birmingham City Council, mean the lead contractor on the residential element of the athletes’ village will provide: The development of on-site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28million package of training 1,000 pre-employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer interns An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment opportunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks. Earlier this year, despite protests from the Save Londonderry Lane Playing Fields group, Sandwell Council approved the building of a new £60 million aquatic centre in Smethwick. Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, is looking forward to seeing the development take shape. In an interview with the Express & Star, she said: "This is an exciting time for Sandwell and our residents. We want this new facility to really inspire people young and old to get involved in new sports and leisure activities, become more active and live healthier lifestyles. “The centre will also leave an amazing legacy for Sandwell and will provide access to top-class sporting facilities for local people beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2022.” Harvey Lawrence director Sarah Harvey anticipates the potential impact such an event will have: “The 2022 Commonwealth Games combined with the HS2 project will firmly place Birmingham in the spotlight as a global city. Will the area get the long-awaited boost it needs to rival Manchester? Time will tell.” With large-scale projects comes the demand for diligent and professional staff across a range of disciplines. Harvey Lawrence boasts a wealth of experience in providing first class staffing solutions, as Sarah explains: “We have a strong Midlands office, supplying a whole range of staff to main contractors in the area. Our service offering spans both white and blue-collar staffing solutions. Our team are very familiar with the area and have a long-standing knowledge of the market. We’re really excited to get involved with helping companies in their hunt for the best construction talent.” DID YOU KNOW? The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 27 July to 7 August – twenty years after the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and ten years on from the London 2012 Olympics The total cost of the 11-day event is a whopping £778m! It will be the biggest sporting and cultural event ever held in Birmingham, featuring thousands of world-class athletes, over a million spectators and an estimated global TV audience of 1.5 billion Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, shared his thoughts on how significant the event will be for the area: “This is a huge investment in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands to ensure the Commonwealth Games leaves a legacy far beyond 2022. “Investment in the region is already being unlocked thanks to the Games, with improvements to public transport and the regeneration of Perry Barr well underway. We expect the wider benefits of hosting the Games, including the economic and tourism boost, to last long into the future.” For more news, useful information and the latest job openings, follow our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss all your recruitment needs.
Harvey Lawrence: Doing the job properly
CASE STUDY: Here we look at Irodion Rachiotis, a highly accomplished international Project Director with more than 20 years’ experience. Upon his return to Manchester he applied for numerous agency advertisements without success. What makes Harvey Lawrence different? Read on to find out… Irodion returned to England after more than 10 years in the Middle East, having most recently worked in Bahrain managing up to 4000 employees. After applying for one of our advertised roles, Irodion immediately caught our attention. UK-based construction companies can sometimes be reluctant to offer contracts to applicants who have recently returned from long stints working overseas – even those with a work history as impressive as Irodion’s! Instead of being the stereotypical CV pushers that many assume of the recruitment industry, we delivered a personally tailored experience. Following a successful face-to-face interview, we placed Irodion on his first temporary contract within a matter of days. Needless to say, he impressed! We placed him on two further temporary contracts following great feedback, before finding him a permanent position at an internationally renowned construction company. Here, Irodion explains how Harvey Lawrence are #DoingTheJobProperly: “I highly recommend Harvey Lawrence. I have had a highly positive experience. After relocating back to the UK, they worked tirelessly to find me initially temporary positions, then a permanent position with a large international construction company. They were the only agency who truly worked to find me excellent positions. They contacted me regularly and updated me on the progress of my applications. Through all my dealings with them they demonstrated professionalism and an individualised service to help me enter the UK market again. Thank you, Harvey Lawrence!”