Building Services Recruitment Specialists

Vertical Recruitment match talented candidates with industry leading opportunities in Building Services and M&E disciplines, from Building Services design roles through to on-site installation contractors.

From our headquarters in Manchester, we work with clients throughout the UK construction sector. Our insight is unparalleled, based on years of experience and a deep understanding of the needs both of industry-leading employers and of individuals seeking employment.

We are one of the few companies recruiting for the entire building services project lifecycle. Working closely with industry professionals from pre-construction, design and delivery stages of projects.

Our clients range from large multi-disciplinary consultancies, independent engineering companies and regional M&E contractors to national top tier major M&E companies.

We source technically excellent candidates at all stages of their careers: from newly qualified graduates to senior industry professionals.

Typically working on new build or refurbishment projects within commercial, retail, education, residential, healthcare, industrial, social housing, regeneration and the public sector lab & pharmaceutical and data centres.

We recruit for temp, contract and permanent position across the range Building services roles. We believe in making long-term placements that deliver the best results for our clients. This ensures employers get the best value from their personnel, while individuals are able to pursue a career path with good job security and promotion prospects. Make us your first and only call if you are looking for a Building Services role.

Vertical Recruitment’s directors have over 15 years of experience in UK Property, Design& Engineering recruitment and we appreciate the significance of roles in Building Services.

Figures from CIBSE show Building Services account for up to half of the carbon emissions from premises, as well as 30-40% of costs on new construction projects. Finding talented individuals is crucial in this very important discipline.

Vertical Recruitment’s clients range from independents seeking candidates for a single role, M&E Contractors through to multinational industry-leading brands who require ongoing support via our unique retained recruitment service.

When concentrating on Candidate search and engagement for our clients for M&E Design roles, we are aware that clients tend to desire those with relevant degrees in Building Services, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with knowledge of industry-used software including Hevacomp, IES, Amtech, Dialux, AutoCAD and Revit.

For Contractor clients, we look for similar qualifications or engineers who have served an apprenticeship as an electrician, plumber or heating engineer.

Who We Work With


We work with brands right across the UK construction sector, including national companies and global brands. Our aim is always the same: to find the best talent available in the UK candidate pool and place those individuals where they will deliver the best value for their employers.

By doing this, we ensure candidates can stay in new roles for longer and achieve their promotion potential, while employers not only gain new and enthusiastic personnel, but can also retain those talented individuals for longer.

Whether you are looking to appoint one individual into a Building Services discipline, or you need multiple candidates for a new department or company expansion programme, we can help.

Our expertise is underpinned by the Vertical Salary Review, which we conduct in association with Place North West. This industry earnings survey means we always know the appropriate rate of remuneration for applicants in Building Services and other disciplines.

How To Recruit The Best Talent For Building Services Roles


Building Services is a highly prized discipline. In the 2019 Vertical Salary Review, we found the average salary across all levels was nearly £45,000 and over £80,000 at director-level. Graduate salaries in Building Services jobs were up 13% year-on-year, more than any other level on the career ladder.

We work with our candidates to make sure your skills are recognised and appreciated by your new employer, while helping our clients to secure the top talent currently available in the UK. Together this achieves maximum value on both sides of the relationship, to deliver job satisfaction and long-term retention of talent.

Vertical Recruitment can help fill roles across all Building Services disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Contracts Manager
  • Electrician
  • Estimator
  • Fire Engineer
  • M&E Project Manager
  • M&E Revit Technician
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Project Manager
  • M&E Design Engineers
  • CAD/Revit Technicians
  • Public Health Engineers
  • Project Engineers
  • Contracts Managers
  • M&E Quantity Surveyors
  • M&E Supervisors
  • Building Services Managers
  • M&E Clerk of Works

If you are seeking employment in any of these roles, or you are an employer looking to fill a vacancy, contact Vertical Recruitment today and we will be happy to help.


Source: 2019 Vertical Salary Review

How We Can Help


Vertical Recruitment source technically excellent candidates from entry-level to senior management positions. We are proud of our long-term relationships with clients who come back to us time and time again to fill key roles, and candidates who trust our consultants to help them find the next step on their career path.

For candidates, we offer a Job Alerts service. Just register your contact details and when we have an opportunity that matches your skills and experience, we will let you know.

In Building Services roles in particular, we can recruit across the entire industry, including commercial, residential and retail projects, public sector contracts, social housing, regeneration, education, healthcare, industrial and more.

Why Choose Vertical Recruitment?


Vertical Recruitment is one of very few companies to offer recruitment services for all stages of the Building Services project lifecycle. We work to find the most suitable candidates for design and pre-construction through to installation and delivery.

We can identify enthusiastic, capable individuals who are seeking their first job in the sector, including university leavers for graduate positions and entry-level roles. Equally, we can find seasoned industry professionals and veterans who have the level of experience required for boardroom, senior management and director-level opportunities.

Our clients include large multi-disciplinary consultancies, regional and national M&E contractors, and independent engineering companies operating in Building Services. We bring this wide-ranging expertise to all of the services we provide, to deliver the very best results.

Our Exclusive Retained Recruitment Service


The unique Vertical Recruitment Retainer service allows clients to work exclusively with us to appoint candidates into present and future roles. We offer a transparent fixed fee structure, so when you need to fill management roles at the highest level, you can be confident about how much it will cost to secure the best talent.

We do not charge upfront fees. You only pay once your first shortlist of candidates is compiled. We also will not increase our fee if you decide to offer the best applicant a higher salary, which means you are free to negotiate the most suitable remuneration package without paying more for our recruitment services.

Contact Vertical Recruitment Today


If you are a new graduate or experienced candidate seeking employment in a Building Services discipline, we want to hear from you. We also welcome all enquiries from employers, whether you are at an initial stage of expansion or you have roles ready to fill.

We work with all sizes of organisation. We are equally happy to fill one-off vacancies, or to set up a Retainer service to provide you with a continuing stream of technically adept personnel who fit your company culture well.

Vertical Recruitment are based in Manchester and work with clients across the north-west including Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, as well as companies operating elsewhere throughout the UK. To find out more about how we can help you, get in touch today.