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


The Building Services sector plays a vital role in the construction and maintenance of buildings, integrating diverse systems and cutting-edge technologies. Its primary objective is to ensure structures are not only functional but also provide comfort and operate efficiently in terms of energy usage.

Throughout recent years, the Building Services industry, much like other segments within the Built Environment, has faced significant challenges. Disruptions stemming from the pandemic, global conflicts, economic fluctuations, and rising living costs have strained stability within the sector, impacting project timelines and financial confidence among stakeholders.

In the dynamic landscape of Building Services, several key trends are reshaping the industry. Emphasis on sustainability continues to grow, with a surge in demand for green building practices and renewable energy integration. 

According to the 2023 Vertical Salary Review, the average salary across all levels in the Building Services sector was around £45,000. Notably, director-level positions commanded an average salary nearing £95,000. A striking trend revealed in the review was the remarkable 28% year-on-year increase in graduate salaries within Building Services roles, surpassing growth rates in any other position.

At Vertical Recruitment, our commitment extends beyond merely acknowledging your skills. We ensure that your expertise is not only recognised but genuinely valued by your potential employer. Our approach emphasises continuous training and development, offering initiatives and programs to keep candidates and employers abreast of the latest industry standards and technological advancements.

We operate with a client-centric approach, tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of both candidates and employers. Our personalised strategies aim to match the right talent with the right opportunities, fostering long-term relationships that benefit all parties involved. Success stories and testimonials underscore our dedication to achieving optimal outcomes.

In understanding the current job market, we observe a notable demand for various roles within the Building Services discipline. Emerging opportunities exist in specific areas experiencing growth in construction and development projects, presenting promising prospects for job seekers and employers alike.

Vertical Recruitment is dedicated to navigating the dynamic landscape of the Building Services sector, providing comprehensive services to candidates seeking employment in positions such as: 

  • M&E Revit Technician
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Public Health Engineers
  • Project Engineers
  • Sustainability Consultants
  • BREAM Assessors

Whether you’re seeking employment or aiming to fill a crucial vacancy, Vertical Recruitment stands ready to assist. Contact us today to explore how we can support your needs.

James Smith

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Each of our Directors has a clear role in the business with James Smith focusing on the direct one-to-one management and development of staff to drive high performance throughout the business. Working with our external...

How We Can Help


Our team at Vertical Recruitment navigate the dynamic landscape of the Building Services sector by leveraging our deep understanding of industry trends to match exceptional candidates with top-tier opportunities. Based in Manchester, our reach extends across the UK’s construction sector, and our approach is shaped by an awareness of emerging technologies, sustainability practices, and regulatory shifts influencing the field.

We set ourselves apart as one of the few agencies recruiting across the entire building services project lifecycle and pride ourselves on a tailored approach to candidate placement. Beyond technical expertise, we meticulously assess cultural fit and align career aspirations to ensure an ideal match for both individuals and industry-leading employers. Our vetting process delves into not just technical acumen but also evaluates soft skills and personal ambitions, fostering placements that yield long-term success.

While our head office is in Manchester, we work across the Northwest and UK. 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.

Whether you seek a career-defining role or require top-tier talent for your projects, our dedicated team is here to facilitate a seamless and successful partnership, driven by expertise, insight, and a commitment to excellence.

Why Choose Vertical Recruitment?


Whether you’re seeking temporary, contract, or permanent positions, we specialise in connecting talent with opportunities across a diverse range of roles within the sector.

At Vertical Recruitment, we prioritise lasting placements that benefit both employers and candidates. Our approach ensures employers maximise their workforce value, while individuals find career paths offering stability and growth prospects.

Benefit from our directors’ 20+ years of experience in UK Property, Design & Engineering recruitment. We understand the pivotal role of Building Services positions, tailoring our services to meet the unique demands of this dynamic industry.

For M&E Design roles, we focus on sourcing candidates with relevant degrees in Building Services, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Proficiency in industry-standard software is a priority, ensuring a precise match between candidate skills and employer requirements.

Choose Vertical Recruitment as your foremost partner in navigating the Building Services landscape. Our commitment to fostering strong connections and our in-depth industry knowledge make us the ideal choice to fulfil your career aspirations or recruitment needs in this specialised field.

Contact us today to explore the endless possibilities awaiting you.

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.