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Dovetail Group Recruitment is an independent recruitment agency that acts as an external HR arm of your organisation.


Our aim is to combine a personalised recruitment process with a dedicated account manager to  deliver exceptional service to our clients and candidates.


Founded in 1989 by John O’Brien, Dovetail Group Recruitment were the first in the country to offer a comprehensive child care facility to help parents return to work –  dovetailing the needs of companies, candidates and children. Today, there are hundreds of similar childcare facilities run by schools, employers and local authorities based on our model.


Dovetail has grown from a one man business, to an international organisation, working at various sites across the UK and in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey, Greece and Slovenia. We have also placed candidates with our international customers in various European locations as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, USA, the Middle East, the Far East and South Africa.


Our team are specialists in their selective fields which covers four main industries; office & industrial, facilities management, IT & technical and workplace & sustainability.


We value quality and integrity and pride ourselves on our strong customer focus – that’s why all of our consultants are trained to industry standards and beyond – with bespoke training schemes.


Because of this, we don’t just do recruitment. We offer a range of additional recruitment services including a detailed search process, marketing candidates and roles, contingent and retained search models, post placement support and personalised market research.

From our time in industry, we have honed a unique talent for finding the right people with regard to culture, skill and personality. This has allowed us to work with a range of clients such as Active FM, Amatis, Calibre, Citrix, Compass, Excitech, Fidelity, Grosvenor, GVA, JLL, Macro, Mitie, Moveplan, Prianto and SPX.


Dovetail Group are proud members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group. In 2013, we were delighted to be presented with the West Berkshire Business Award for the most innovative business in West Berkshire in recognition of our progressive approach to finding new ways of recruiting in emerging markets and during times of recession.


If you’re a professional looking for a new role or an organisation seeking the best new talent  – please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on:


[email protected]

01635 43100

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“We have used Dovetail on a number of occasions to recruit permanent staff. They take the time to find out about the role and feel that they understand our requirements. Dovetail are professional, efficient and have a great team, with a smile included. It is a pleasure to work with them and we would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Business Development Manager – for SeeBrilliance

Grosvenor Services

“We have always had very good results working with the Dovetail team. There has always been consistent attention to detail and flexibility in assisting us with key hires.“

HR Director– for Grosvenor Services.


“Dovetail have supported the growth of our business for several years. I know we can trust them completely to respond quickly and effectively to our staffing needs,
meeting our crazy deadlines on both temporary and permanent recruitment“

Meirion Anderson, MD - Aberley


“Dovetail have always been the ‘go to’ company for reliable trained resource. They have consistently provided quality staff even when the timescales have been tight. Great company”

Director – for Wherewework


“I have been working with Dovetail since 2005, every time my career path has altered, Dovetail have been my constant always taking them with me where ever I have worked. They provide a first class service and quality staff on whom myself and my business can rely. If you’re looking for Service with a capital “S” you will find it in abundance here”

Director – for Wherewework

Parkway Shopping Centre

“I have been using Dovetail for just over a year and can honestly say they are always helpful and proactive in finding the RIGHT staff for my site. Their staff are friendly and professional and always follow up calls as quickly as one would wish them to”

Site Cleaning Manager – for Parkway Shopping Centre

Fidelity Energy

“Dovetail have been hugely supportive in helping us to expand our team and are always at the end of the phone. Nothing is too much trouble and they continue to provide us with excellent candidates who have been carefully matched with our individual requirements. I’d have no hesitation in recommending their services and really appreciate the friendly and professional way in which they conduct their business.”

Manager Director – for Fidelity Energy

Dovetail Candidiate

“One of the unique benefits of working with Dovetail has been the practical contact it’s afforded me within many high-profile office environments for a variety of global brands. Being able to work so closely with teams that hold themselves to a golden standard and learning about the different ways they work is valuable experience you don’t really get at university. But it’s more than that – it’s also about people and relationships and trust and team-building and the team at Dovetail is, hands down, the most warm, dynamic, and professional team I’ve ever worked with.”

Candidiate – London

Citrix Systems

“Dovetail have provided contingent labour sourcing and payrolling to Citrix across Europe and the Middle East for several years. Their key strengths include:
Flexibility – adapting to the needs of Citrix as the organisation grows.
Engagement – willing to assist Citrix expanding into new geographies and markets.
Readiness – always available to answer questions and provide information on contracts through a single point of contact.
Integration – willing to share and adopt best practice developed between us.
Dovetail consistently outperform agreed service levels. They are dedicated to helping their customers build robust processes to manage temporary resources. They form a key part of our contingent labour strategy in EMEA, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. ”

Tom Dance, Manager – Procurement Systems Training & Communications for Citrix Systems

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