We are not the only recruitment agency in the marine sector. There are other recruiters that are larger with a UK-wide presence. Whilst they of course land contracts and opportunities, we truly believe the unique way that we work with our clients and candidates alongside our continued investment in Portsmouth as a city, really does set us apart.

SLR‘s mission

Our goal is to connect time-served marine and industrial tradespeople to employees in the shipbuilding and refit business around the UK. The team has worked out of Portsmouth for some years now and has cemented this investment in the city by opening our new base in Southsea. Portsmouth has a long and rich history with the Maritime industry and the team is made up of individuals that have lived and worked in the city all their lives. What this gives us is a unique understanding of the local community and insight into the job market. In addition, we recognise that many people in the city have a connection to the MOD or the Royal Navy.

Knowledge of opportunities for ex-military personnel

We recognise at SLR that service in the Armed Forces equips candidates with a unique set of skills and experience. Because we are based locally and have built relationships with local shipyards as well as Falmouth, Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, and Barrow-in-Furness, we can quickly connect the right candidate to the right opportunities. The whole team is equipped with the understanding that is needed for our ex-military tradespeople. We know full well how daunting it can be to leave the services and it’s that understanding of the challenges of transition that makes SLRunique.

The personal touch

Our team are highly trained and able to explain and demystify terminology around job specs and help candidates understand their value in the civilian job market. We have always been warm and welcoming over the phone and this now extends to our office in Grove Road so that we can open our doors and continue to deliver warmth and human smile to our jobseekers. There are larger recruiters that simply cannot deliver this personal human touch that we provide pride ourselves on at SLR.

Local insight

SLR has always been about finding local jobs for local people. Having a well-connected local network enables us to give to our community first and then support other shipyards around the UK with the right people. Because we have chosen to specialise in the marine sector, we have the unique insight to know how quickly resource needs to be deployed on large-scale shipping projects.

Because we are a niche recruiter, we are able to offer a consultative service that ensures our client’s needs are heard and we attract and retain candidates of higher standards. There is a people-centred approach to both clients and candidates that goes beyond function and gives a truly special service that has enabled us to grow and expand through our well-earned reputation.