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About Concept Personnel recruitment agency

We have been bringing together the creative and digital sector’s job-seekers and employers for over ten years. Our consultants have actually worked in the industry so we understand its pressures and the type of people that thrive in the creative environment. We talk your language.

Our home patch is the North East and Scotland creative and digital sector, where we have close relationships and a wide network of contacts with hundreds of digital and creative agencies and in-house teams.

Looking for a new job?

We place candidates ranging from web developers and graphic designers to digital marketers and PR professionals, and every type of role in between.

Our jobs page details some of our current vacancies, and our registration process is quick and simple. And if you need some help with your job search, read our useful stuff section for tips and hints on landing a great new job.

Come and see us for some career advice and a chat about how we can help you find your perfect permanent job or short term assignment.

Need a specialist recruiter?

DIY recruitment is a pain in the portfolio. Why drop your fee-earning work to spend time and effort fruitlessly searching for and interviewing people who are not right for your business?

Without sounding too pleased with ourselves, we’ve spent over ten years studying the digital and creative industry, so we are quietly confident that we know our industry and its people pretty much inside out.

Our database holds details of thousands of talented people in the digital, design, marketing and communications industries. From recent graduates keen to climb the career ladder to creatives with years of experience and a need for a new challenge, we know where the stars are.

Employer testimonials

I hate recruitment agencies. Like, really hate them. Whenever you advertise a job they're on the phone in droves with their skin-crawling sales patter, their costs seem totally disproportionate to the amount of work they put in, they haven't the first clue whether the candidates they send you can even do the work you need them to and most of the time you've seen most of their poxy CVs anyway. We vowed never to use them. Parasites.
 
...and then we found ourselves in trouble. Our Lead Website Developer left, we appointed a replacement who didn't really work out and couldn't get anyone good enough for love nor money. In stepped Jo at Concept and a couple of weeks later we'd screened CVs, interviewed and appointed. We've since used Jo to place a Designer, another Developer two Digital Marketing Managers and a role we weren't even looking to appoint but that we created in light of one of Jo's candidates being so bloody good.
 
I can't recommend Jo and her team at Concept highly enough; they've completely redefined my perception of recruitment consultants by listening, reacting quickly and constructively to our emerging needs and working diligently and swiftly to deliver a truly impressive raft of potential candidates (and one or two wrong-uns for good measure!). Most of all, though, I've found Jo a really useful sounding board to help me clarify my own thoughts, provide a wider industry context to our recruitment decisions and help negotiate one or two sticky situations. If you're in the Creative or Marketing sectors and are struggling with running your recruitment yourself, take my advice: phone Jo. 
 

Pete Daykin

Managing Director, Daykin & Storey

We were blown away by Concept’s approach to removing a recruitment problem that we had been grappling with for months. 
 
Seeking a Project Manager, we had put the word around our network, used social channels, word of mouth and carried out interview after interview. We got a reasonable response but struggled with the calibre of applicant and eventually exhausted our options. It was time consuming and we began to think we were asking too much, and that the person we had in mind didn’t exist. 
 
A client of ours suggested we spoke with Concept Personnel. Simon quickly convinced us we were in the right hands. Project Management for a creative agency is a different animal compared to the project management in IT, telecoms, construction, etc. so we were relieved to find a recruiter who really did have expertise and experience in our field.
 
We were very specific with our requirements and Jo promised to only put people forward she believed to be a good fit. She did exactly that and we were relieved to see that there was lots of competition for the role.
 
We are genuinely impressed, the Concept team have been a huge help, contributing ideas and advice, and responding to us out of hours when needed.  
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Concept team, and will definitely be using their services in the future. (See full testimonial on our blog.)
 

Amy Jackson

Director, Unwritten Creative

Candidate testimonials

I was approached by Concept for a Project Manager role and have to say the overall experience was fantastic. I was kept in the loop at all stages and giving some very helpful advice to assist in interview and succeeding in getting the position. Communication was brilliant and they were even available outside of working hours. I will recommend Concept Personnel to any employer, colleague and friend. Overall great service

Gavin Wood

Project Manager

“I approached Jo looking for a Business Development role in the Creative Industry in the North East. She managed to get me eight interviews within a matter of days at some of the city's leading agencies, all with excellent job prospects. Thanks to Jo I am now faced with a tough decision about who I want to work for with a number of offers on the table. I have been guided every step of the way with priceless insightful information on each of the company's prior to interview. An excellent all round service!”

Andrew Tipping

Business Development / Account Manager