Key People Overview

Key People is a recruitment consultancy with over 25 years experience across a number of specialist sectors offering Permanent, Contract and Fixed term recruitment solutions. We are a privately owned company that has grown steadily over the years. In the early days our services were predominantly carried out in the UK, now we operate Globally with additional offices in Switzerland. We focus on a number of key industry sectors and have specialist teams that are dedicated to each specific market. Over the years, we have built an extensive network of invaluable industry contacts, this means we know exactly where to gain access to the very best people.

Why we are successful

Key People is an agency with a substantial history in our specialist areas. We have recruited for many clients in multiple locations over this time and so have a deep understanding of the types of people required. One key to our success is that we retain our staff. Our senior staff have been with the business over 15 years and so have a wealth of knowledge which really makes a difference. In that time they have recruited for most major clients and so have a better understanding of the different types of people required.

Our history also means that we have an excellent database built over many years and containing candidates that are unique to Key People. We have placed people at different points in their career which means now, we have access to senior candidates that know and trust us.

The fact that we have PSL status with many clients, is an indication that at Key People, our focus is on doing the job correctly and building long term relationships as opposed to making short term financial gains. We invest heavily in our staff, our systems and our attraction of the best candidates.

Candidate Screening

To ensure candidate quality, we have a thorough screening process.

• New Candidates: Detailed Initial Profiling – 20-25 mins

• Re-profiled against specific role against a skill related checklist via. Telephone interview/screen or video conferencing

• Various techniques; competency, timeline and scenario based Questions - Face to Face Meeting (as required);

• We assess Technical Skills , Hard/Soft Skills, Personality/Company Culture fit

• Referencing – Personal & Professional

• Qualifications & Professional Registration Checks

• Eligibility Checks – Passport/Visa

• CRB checks where required

All candidates have a detailed screening interview by a Resourcer or consultant. Prior to submitting for vacancies candidates will have an interview with a Senior Consultant and will be asked to provide 2 references. References are followed up and checked to ensure that they have the skills and experience they say. Key People will also confirm satisfactory evidence of the candidate’s eligibility to live and work in the country required for the role. The candidates' driving license will also be checked if this is required for the job. We have over 25 years of recruiting experience, and our Senior Consultants all have over 15 years with their specialist sector. We also have Senior Consultants with many years industry experience in their sectors to ensure our teams have an excellent knowledge. We keep feedback on all candidates that are submitted for jobs and interviewed, this allows us to build a good picture of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Types of Recruitment

As an agency, we offer Permanent, Contract, and Fixed term recruitment.


We offer this across all salary bands and on either a contingent, exclusive, or executive search basis. We will agree fees in advance based on the first years annual remuneration and will invoice for our services once the successful applicant starts. In addition to this, we have a rebate structure so that should the worst happens and a placement does not work out, we can find a free replacement or you'll get some money back.


Our contract solutions can be anything from a few days to a few years. We have an experienced team which will ensure that contractors are compliant wherever they are working in the world. We employ consultants in a number of ways from Limited company contractors, Umbrella solutions, self employed or PAYE. We can take care of everything and bill you a straight forward hourly or daily rate. Billing can also be flexible to fit a clients requirements. We also have in house support which can provide Global travel and accommodation solutions.

Fixed Term

In some circumstances, a fixed term solution is preferred. This is where the client employs the person for a a fixed period and not on a permanent basis. Often this will be for less than a year and can cover circumstances such as long term sick or maternity cover. Here, we bill as per a permanent fee, but pro rata the fee for the time the candidate is required

We can support your employee requirements

Speak with our support team on 01727 811 634

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