How We Work

Based in the South West, Girling Jones are a specialist recruitment consultancy for careers in construction, construction consultancy and building maintenance.

We aren’t your typical recruitment agency and we don’t believe in the hard sell. Instead, we partner with you to solve problems, whether you are searching for your next job role or looking to hire an experienced candidate in a specialist construction role. We pride ourselves on our technical knowledge of the sector, as well as our consultative and compliant attitude to recruitment.


For clients, our focus is on sourcing experienced technical or chartered professionals who both add value to your business and stay with you for the long term. Our attrition rate on permanent hires has been below 2% since the business started. We also have a rigorous focus on efficiency and conversion, aiming for as close to one CV, one interview and one offer as possible.


Our candidates benefit from a full technical interview with detailed screening around qualification and compliance. From the moment you register with Girling Jones, you are in control of the process, deciding exactly where we send your CV and the pace at which we manage the process. We want you to find the right job that you enjoy, succeed in and ultimately stay with. That’s why our consultative and measured approach is key. Whether your expertise lies on-site or in the office, Girling Jones will work hard with you to build your next position.


Oliver Grieve / Quantity Surveyor

I came across Francesca when enquiring about a job advert she had posted on LinkedIn. Francesca disclosed the hiring company immediately and was able to go into a great deal of detail about the role – how the requirement came about, size and types of projects, culture of the team and planned growth targets etc. From submitting my CV, going to Interview and throughout the feedback and eventual offer stages, Francesca was entirely professional and completely honest. Francesca had clearly sought to match not only skill sets and experience to the role, but also personalities within the team I would be joining. Francesca communicated in a highly professional, but also personable manner, happily taking calls and being completely open regarding timeframes, and subsequently the offer. I would recommend Francesca in both a candidate representation capacity, but also to those looking to recruit.

Graham Pope / Estimator

Good Morning Joe. Big thank you for the parcel that arrived early yesterday morning,in the midst of closing down a tender I overlooked responding earlier and only remembered when pulling onto my drive in the evening. Congratulations to you and your team for a very careful and considered handling of my job search which has secured me a position in which I feel well suited and welcomed,its challenging and very busy but very well supported by other management and staff and I am confident of a good future here. It was pleasing to get sorted so quickly , I am sure this is a result of your careful and personal attention and I wish you and your company every success in the future.

Amber Thomas / Bid Writer

Having signed up with Girling Jones Recruitment Consultants due to their reputation I have found from start to finish they have gone above and beyond to suit my requirements. Steve Clarke in particular who has looked after me with his genuine positive approach has helped me massively in my job search. The time he has spent helping me and keeping me positive throughout the whole process I will be forever grateful for. Many thanks again Steve, it has been a hell of a journey but I have now come out on top.

Susan Metcalf / Commercial Manager

Just a short email to thank you for your services in relation to finding me a Mechanical and Electrical commercial position in a local company. Vic has been amazing and actually listened to my professional needs and requirements. It is so easy to put my curriculum vitae out in the industry and find a position; however, Vic provides a personal service and tailors his search to target the companies that actually may benefit from my skill set. Vic, I believe is a true asset to Girling Jones and kept me in the loop in relation to all negotiations. We would have long discussions on particular companies on whether they would suit my needs and his openness was very refreshing. I would have no qualms in recommending Vic or Girling Jones services in the future. Thank you again for your help and support over these last couple of months.

Julian Maull / Project Manager

I have recently been helped in my job hunt by Vic. I have worked with a lot of agencies in the past and his help, advice, organisation, communication and professionalism have far exceeded any of these. Throughout the process he has been in regular and consistent contact with expedient arrangements and good advise/information. It is entirely likely that I will need help sourcing further professionals in the future and he will be my first point of call.

Andrew Turner / Electrical Estimator

I recently had the pleasure of dealing with Girling Jones. I initially contacted Vic Bekker two years ago when I still lived in South Africa. At the time I was considering relocating back to the UK but wasn’t quite ready. We kept in touch and when I was ready to finally make the move Vic and I spoke again and he organised and interview for me with my new employer. In the period leading up t my interview Vic kept in constant touch and was always on hand for reassurance or advice. My calls to the Exeter office were always answered in an extremely friendly and courteous manner. My experience with Girling Jones and Vic Bekker in particular has been extremely pleasant and positive and I would highly recommend them to anyone else seeking work.

Vince Randall / Gas Engineer

I just wanted to send over a quick email to highlight what a wonderful job Adele has done in helping me get a job with one of your clients. I am a self employed roofer and have not always had a signal for taking calls, Adele has been so kind and happy to liaise with my wife in my absence and this has enabled a more efficient process and something that we did not expect. Adele has been a pleasure to work with and I just wanted to send over some positive feedback on our experience with her and your firm. Thank you all again.