About Us

Founded in 2006, Essential Employment is a leading independent recruitment agency specialising in Permanent, Contract and Temporary staffing for both Commercial, Public Sector, Engineering and Technical businesses.

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About Essential Employment

At Essential we have one goal, to match talented individuals with the very best job opportunities. Whether you are looking for a permanent career, a temporary position or you are a business looking to support your own recruitment strategy, our team of qualified and experienced recruitment professionals are here to help.

Clients ranging from national market leaders to SMEs choose Essential Employment to source their permanent, contract, temporary and interim staff.

The battle that companies face in capturing the best talent is creating fierce competition across all sectors. Here at Essential Employment, we have proven time and time again that we go out of our way to adapt to our client needs – sourcing great talent whilst still delivering a high calibre and compliant service to our candidates.

Meet the team

Verity Howson FIRP CertRP

Managing Consultant

Verity Howson

Verity has over 15 years experience in IT, Engineering and Public Sector Recruitment. She is in charge of new business development and is the most senior consultant in the firm.

Arronjay Fuller AIRP

Operations Manager

Arronjay Fuller

Focusing primarily on the day to day running of the business, Arronjay deals with the operational side of the company including payroll and finance.

Kirsty Meers MIRP CertRP

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Kirsty Meers

Kirsty is an experienced consultant who deals with engineering and public sector clients along with Lancashire based clients.

Bethany Fuller FIRP CertRP

Managing Consultant

Bethany Fuller

Bethany specialises in Public Sector recruitment and is the company’s internal auditor and compliance manager.

Maggie O’Donnell AIRP

Finance and Administration

Maggie O'Donnell

Maggie is the company’s ISO:9001 officer and business administrator. She comes from a background of working in the NHS and brings with her a wealth of experience in project management.

Katie Whittaker AIRP

Recruitment Consultant

Katie Whittaker

Katie is our newest recruiter and joins fresh to the industry.

She’s already building up a strong list of talent and is working hard on our candidates behalf.


  • One of our key suppliers. We wouldn't start a resourcing campaign without them! Head of HR, Nationwide based IT firm

  • We have used Essential Employment for several years to source a variety of roles at our two sites in Lancashire. Above all they are quick to adapt to our changing needs and Essential always deliver consistently. We regard them as a key supplier to our business. Production Manager at Large Engineering Firm

  • In all my experience of working with employment agencies, this was by far the best experience to date! There were never any problems and nothing was too much bother for the Essential team. It felt as though we were all part of a family and they really cared. I can not recommend this agency enough. John R, worker placed in the Public Sector

  • The team at Essential are very professional and easy to deal with. Niall deals with any queries instantly and to the customer's satisfaction - nothing is too much trouble for him. I very much appreciate the open and honest approach. I would have no hesitation in recommending Niall and the rest of the team. Gurinder W, worker placed in the Public Sector

Work For Us

Recruitment is a great and rewarding career. If you are driven and ambitious with an interest in recruitment then please get in touch! We’re hiring from apprentice level, to graduates and experienced consultants.

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