It's no surprise that we have clients who trust us time and again to find great candidates. Whether your'e recruiting for a permanent role or need temporary staff to cover a peak in your business, we have the candidates with the right skills to find your perfect person.
We're your business partners and acting as an extension to your HR department, we get to know you, the company as a whole and the team the job will sit in.
This helps us find people with the right skills who will thrive and make a difference in your organisation. You can teach skills, but you can't teach attitude, work ethic and behaviour so we make sure we consider every attribute that the candidate will bring to the role.
Whether you are a global organisation or one of the many successful independent businesses in the region, we provide the same dedicated recruitment service to seamlessly support your operation.
Using a recruitment agency will save you money - all we ask if half an hour of your time so we can fully understand your requirements and see your environment and the teams who work there - we will do the rest. We don't waste time by sending you details of candidates who don't meet your requirements - and with a bulging black book we might know just the person for your role even if they aren't currently looking for a new job.
We are also passionate about Wakefield, we have a strong CSR policy.
Our dedication to the Wakefield area extends way beyond placing people in jobs. We are founders of the Wakefield Annual Children's Charity Lunch (WACCL) which has raised approaching half a million pounds for small local children's charities.
We've also set up a number of employability and skills schemes such as Wakefield Works to help young people develop the skills they need to find jobs in the area.
Both Anne and Andy (Co-Directors) live in the area and are determined to do what they can to help the area and the people who live here to flourish.
See what others say
My experience with First Choice Recruitment so far has been second to none. In the first instance, the fact that Heidi and her team took the time to come out to see me was a breath of fresh air as that proved they really wanted to understand about the Role I was recruiting for as well as the environment the candidates would be working in which demonstrated to me that they care about both parties. This has then ensured that the right Candidates will in turn be forwarded to me.
Clare Preece, Lifetime
“EMS has been dealing with First Choice Recruitment now for over 10 years. Our job requirements are often varied and we like to deal with people who understand our business needs and can match these requirements with the ideal candidates. First Choice tick all our boxes and offer us an exceptional bespoke service which gives us peace of mind. They filter the candidates, only giving us people who can match our roles, and enable us to minimise our downtime”
Neil Parker, General Manager, EMS
“What separates First Choice Recruitment is the time taken to truly understand our business. This means we only see high calibre candidates who fit in with the culture of our business and have all the core skills required to become a huge success.”
Chris Woodward, Regional Director, GRS Roadstone
First Choice Recruitment are one of the reasons good things happen in Wakefield: dynamic, really well connected, totally grounded in the local Wakefield area, a bright team, full of ideas, always read to support businesses and people and invest in worthwhile projects in the business district.
Head of Development, Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Within our business we have distinctive peaks and troughs where we know we will require additional resource. We have tried many providers during this time and never really settled with one provider until we tried First Choice Recruitment.There was an obvious improvement in the standard of candidate being sent to our business and in my opinion that was down to the staff at First Choice, the interview process and the emphasis they put on communication, especially listening to what we needed. Since then we have used their services every peak and also to fill vacancies that arise and to date have never been disappointed.
Chris Nicolson, Cooperative E-Stores and Electrical Buying Group
Sarcophagus have only been a client of First Choice Recruitment for a reasonably short period of time but nevertheless we have received first class service. We have supported their involvement in initiatives such as Wakefield Works since 2012 and more recently Wakefield Children's Charity Lunch. Our impression of First Choice is not only do they provide a thoroughly professional recruitment service, but they care.
Graham Howarth, Director, Sarcophagus
First Choice Recruitment have been a significant supporter of a number of Wakefield Council initiatives to assist local businesses and the wider community. During this time First Choice have assisted the Council to achieve its objectives in relation to jobs and businesses growth in the district.
Mike Denby, Wakefield Council
I have used First Choice on numerous occasions over many years, on various assignments including the provision of large numbers (100+) of temporary industrial staff, the supply of small numbers of specialist temporary professional staff and as a recruitment consultancy in the search for permanent employees. I have found First Choice to be flexible, responsive and highly capable, with a proven ability to understand and deliver on a wide variety of recruitment briefs.
Mark Quan, Director, Change Management, Coca-Cola European Partners
I would certainly recommend First Choice. As well as being known for excellent service and results, Andy and Anne also take positive steps to contribute to the Wakefield Community, something which is really important to us at Statement. I have been privileged to work with the First Choice team on the development of the Wakefield Works initiative, an employer-driven campaign to improve employability for the district's young people. This initiative was co-founded by Andy and the success of the campaign is greatly attributed to his commitment to it.
Dan Conboy, Statement
The Wakefield Express has worked closely with First Choice Recruitment and Andy Turner for a number of years. It has been a pleasure to be involved with a company that prides itself on what it can do for the city of Wakefield as much as for itself. This is a company with a heart, which puts people first.
Editor, Wakefield Express
As a large service provider we have our own in-house recruitment and HR team and subsequently have always recruited directly.Following the expansion of our commercial division we needed to increase our head count and as time was of the essence we needed an agency who would find us not just a person to do a job but someone who would really fit in to the team and the business.As a HR professional I always found the hard sell coldness of recruitment agencies a real negative but I have to say I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and the time taken by the team at First Choice to really understand my needs. There was no hard sell or constant prospecting and I was kept informed and up to date all the way through the process. The position I needed to fill was part-time, temporary and working in a very busy Accounts Department which was no easy task, yet First Choice delive...
Nick Thorpe, Horde Consultancy
The level of service provided from First Choice Recruitment is excellent. They have gained a good understanding of our business and have always supplied us with skilled and personably staff who fit in well in our team and fully meet our requirements. This has led to us to having a long standing relationship with First Choice for many many years. They are fast, efficient, and relaible and always the first company I contact when I have a recruitment need.
Danielle Harland-Cook, Ball Beverage Packaging Ltd
Ball Beverage Packaging Ltd
Dealing with First Choice Recruitment has been a great experience. Joanna Gornicka responded within hours to my initial application for a temp position, and within days I was working!Weekly salary arrived as promised directly to my account and payslips were emailed. Phone calls or emails for information were returned and all staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful. Such a pleasant experie...
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Roy is 'living the dream' after being given the opportunity to work at Coca-Cola in Wakefield, initially as a temporary worker through First Choice. Having had the right attitude and grasped this chance with both hands he flourised, was given a permanent contract and never looked back. His wife and two sons have also worked for First Choice - a real family affair.Click hereto watch a short...
Paul had given up on his career and was coasting towards retirement when First Choice gave him the chance of 'yet another interview', but this time he was successful and has never looked back. Being loyal and hardworking Paul has gone from strength to strength and is a valuable team member of a very forward thinking local company.Click hereto watch a short video and hear Paul's story.
Greg was a young lad who confessed to lacking in confidence. First Choice ensured his first assignment was the right role for him. He undertook a couple of assignments within customer service and was taken on permanently after a short period of time and is now enjoying a very successful career with a major Blue Chip company in Leeds following many promotions......and increased confidence.Cli...
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for how professional the team have been. Moving to Leeds and needing a job fast was a lot of stress but the First Choice team in Wakefield made this incredibly easy. If needed in the future I will definitely choose First Choice due to the flawless journey I had, start to finish. I will also recommend the company for anyone I know looking for work. Than...
My whole experience with First Choice has been very positive from the outset. I was matched according to my skills and experience, which has provided me with suitably challenging and worthwhile employment. This is not something that I have experienced with other recruiters in the past and so it has made a refreshing change. The recruitment process was very straightforward. I have found staff t...
Best recruitment agency in Wakefield. The interview went smoothly in really nice atmosphere. I was surprised how quick the advisor contacted me after m visit in the office. Not long after I got very good job offer. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such professional and supportive team. Highly recommend First Choice Recruitment.
Natalia W , Google
From walking through the door to starting a temporary assignment 2 days later, the staff at First Choice were all excellent. I was provided with options in line with what I was looking to do at the time and the process was smooth and efficient. After my initial temporary role, I was offered an opportunity to support the First Choice team in the office and later as an Interim Account Manager....
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