What People are Saying About Us

Find out what our clients and candidates think about our service at Shirley Parsons.

"You have a better understanding of your specialist recruitment area than other recruitment agencies."

Client Testimonials

Here are a selection of testimonials from clients we have worked with recently:

“When I've needed Shirley Parsons they have been just a call away and provided timely help.” 


"A friendly, supportive and responsive service."


"We've taken advantage of their excellent industry knowledge and network connections." 


"The consultants are very friendly, easy to work with and have good industry knowledge."


"Shirley Parsons has been very efficient with good communication throughout."


"Shirley Parsons has an excellent ability to listen to our needs."


"Shirley Parsons has an excellent ability to listen to our needs."



And a few more...

When it comes to recruitment of safety professionals, one name stands out - and that's Shirley's. Whether looking for a new role, or seeking to grow the department, Shirley Parsons' team of first-class search consultants - under her many years’ worth of guidance and intimate industry knowledge - will ensure a strong fit.”

“Liam and his team provided an excellent and efficient service, sourcing a number of potential candidates for a very challenging, unique and complex role. Outcome - position filled in record time by a high potential safety professional with leadership savvy and courage to challenge the way we do things.”

“I’ve worked with Shirley Parsons for over 20 years in various roles. When I recently needed to appoint a senior HSES manager with influence and gravitas, I knew where to turn. They understood the brief and conducted a thorough candidate search. I particularly value their focus on communication and engagement. They worked hard throughout the search to ensure a right match for that both candidate and the hiring organization. We were pleased with the outcome and would use Shirley Parsons Ltd again.”

“We were looking for a specialist firm to execute a confidential search for a Director‚ Quality, Health & Safety, Environment to lead a transformation of our current safety culture from reactive to proactive. Shirley Parsons was supportive in executing this search in an efficient manner and responded very well to our needs. Shirley Parsons were also able to help us refine the requirements to ensure we target the right candidate.”

“We have had a long and successful engagement with Shirley Parsons, and during each round of recruitment I’ve been highly impressed with the way that the team have taken the time to get to know our full business requirements and have worked hard to meet our very bespoke needs.”

“The candidates put forward by Shirley Parsons have always been of the very highest standard, while those we’ve selected from the Shirley Parsons pool have proven their worth to the business many times over. They have consistently knitted in well with an expanding in-house safety team, that has great retention and many years of experience; and with a business that expects speed and excellence from its support functions.”

“The very high quality customer service, professionalism and dedication delivered by the team at Shirley Parsons instil the confidence I need to go back to them for their support whenever we have to venture into the H&S recruitment marketplace.”

“I have worked with Shirley Parsons for a number of years and have always found them professional and supportive through the recruitment process. What I like most is that they genuinely know all the candidates that they put forward for an interview, and not just picked off a website.”

“You take the time to visit me personally from time to time and I like dealing with one designated consultant rather than being passed around. Your knowledge of the health and safety profession and detailed knowledge of professionals within my particular industry sector is second to none.”

“I liked that you had met the candidates beforehand; you had a good understanding of what we do and took a consultative approach to your sales.”

“The speed of response and availability of candidates for interviews is great. Very flexible and easy to discuss business needs in an open and frank manner.”

“Consistency of approach and single point of contact over a number of years works well. Other companies have may staff changes.”

“Very helpful consultant, was great at keeping me up to date with progress on the search, I always felt in the loop.”

“Your staff were very helpful and they were very quick in putting a candidate shortlist together. In all they were very efficient.”

“The fact that the agent took the time to visit us on site and spend some time with the recruiting manager to understand the role and the requirements was very positive.”

“You pre-vet candidates rather than flooding us with rubbish CVs which many others do.”

“You don’t pester but can be relied on to produce candidates quickly when required. When we’re in process and have seen candidates again you don’t pester for updates but give us/the client Shirley Parsons to think through options and deal with issues as they arise.”

“The Shirley Parsons team have a very personal approach, regular phone calls and emails show they have a genuine interest in helping people.”

“In my experience I have always found you to be helpful and professional, you have in general understood my brief and found me good candidates.”

“I liked your specialist knowledge and expertise in H&S – both in the public and private sector. It was useful to have knowledge of a technical specialism across both sectors.”



Candidate Testimonials

Here are a selection of testimonials from candidate's we have worked with recently:

“Very prompt responses to emails or phone calls. Friendly and easy to approach regarding any queries. Useful when trying to communicate with employer.”

“Very personal touch. Treated like an individual rather than just another number. Excellent, individual advice provided compared to the ‘one size fits all’ ‘advice’ offered by other recruitment companies.”

“The personal service offered by Shirley Parsons is remarkable. I felt like my ambitions and drivers for change were taken on board by everyone who worked on my behalf. The offers presented to me had been filtered to ensure suitability and the support during the entire process was notably constant, engaging and enthusiastic.”

“Shirley Parsons are good communicators and well organised. The ‘much hated’ but necessary paperwork is always processed in a speedy and comprehensive manner leading to a prompt payment.”

“Liked the approachable style and ‘honest’ relationship with the team. My experience with you was better than with other agencies; I felt I was being treated with a friendly respect. Thank you.”

“I really like the people at Shirley Parsons; they are professional, helpful and friendly. I know they have lots of people on their books but it’s lovely that they always manage to make me feel like I’m a priority. They are really supportive and take a lot of the stress out of the process of searching for and applying for a job.”

“I particularly like the approach undertaken by Shirley Parsons’s personnel. They do not bother you with the obvious ‘canvassing’ for unrealistic positions which may be either too senior or too junior for your skill set. I appreciate the fact that the roles suggested seems to have been considered in conjunction with the candidates abilities and qualifications. I also feel comfortable discussing the roles and am happy that any questions will be answered competently.”

“I liked the fact I was invited in to meet the team and also for the team to get an understanding of the type of candidate I was and what job roles I was going to be suitable for. It was a professional meeting and gained 2 interviews in quick succession. This was the first time a recruitment company had invited me in and it really makes Shirley Parsons stand out from other recruiters.”

“I like the personal relationship that is created with the candidates and the genuine effort to find a suitable job for job seekers. Shirley Parsons from my experience with the company is also very good at introducing job seekers to the most appropriate opportunities and providing support at every stage of the employment.”

“I have a list of “likes”, but essentially the knowledge and honest advice that is always provided. What amazed me was the importance placed on each candidate being met face-to-face prior to be placed or recommended regardless of location. Finally, another thing I believe that sets Shirley Parsons above other agencies is that you are kept in touch with just to see how things are going.”

“I have dealt with numerous agencies over the past few years and I have been lucky if I get a standard holding reply, let alone calls and emails keeping me updated. I had lost all faith with employment agencies and I can’t praise yourself and Shirley Parsons enough. You have set a gold standard in how to look after candidates.”

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