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About Us

Who we are

First Hand Recruitment are an award-winning  and JOSCAR Certified Technical Recruitment Agency providing bespoke recruitment services to customers in the Engineering, Defence & High-Technology Markets.

Services offered cover Retained Search and Contingency Permanent Recruitment to a wide range of interesting and specialist companies across the UK.

We have been recognised with Industry Awards for excellence and are experts in their specialist sectors. We have over 14 years industry experience recruiting the 'hard to fill' vacancies in the security cleared space.​

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Our history

2014 and how it all began

First Hand Recruitment opens its doors for the very first time. First placements into our first 5 clients (4 of which we still work with now)Secured first major PSL with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

What happened in 2017?

We won our first Award at the Leatherhead & District Business Awards 2017.Made our 50th placement into our 20th different client. Andrew becomes Regional Director for TEAM (The Employment Agency Movement)

Where are we now and what happened in 2020?

Secured JOSCAR Certification. Launched new website. Started offering video interviewing services to clients and candidates. Secure 6 new clients during the Covid-19 lockdown.

What makes us different?

When starting First Hand Recruitment back in 2014, we wanted to build more than a 'run of the mill' recruitment business. We wanted to do things differently, take everything that worked and we believed was good about the tech and defence recruitment industry and fix what we saw as broken.

We also wanted to break from the traditional recruitment model and give our clients a choice on 'how' they would like to partner up with us. Whilst most create a place and environment for our team members to not only join us as individuals, but where they become part of a greater 'we' and join our incredible growth journey.

Our USPs are:

  1. We genuinely understand your target audience

  2. We own and network in our own unique Linkedin Groups with over 38,000+ members

Our philosophy in business is much as in life, in that success is not a destination, but a journey. And we'd love you to be a part of ours.


What we do

We find the candidates that DIDN'T see your job adverts.