The Leading Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Recruitment Agency in the UK.

Connecting exceptional HSEQ professionals, with high performing organisations.

Principal People sources and secures the very best talent across the HSEQ industry, with further specialism within Corporate Social Responsibility, Fire Safety and Sustainability.

As an ever-evolving industry sector, we live and breathe our specialist market areas and take pride in understanding the latest developments, technologies and thought leading ideas to stay ahead of the curve.

With our enviable reputation in the industry, our comprehensive understanding of the HSEQ landscape allows us to provide you with the best levels of service, thorough advice and consultancy guidance to ensure you make the correct and most appropriate hiring decisions. 

Our services

Permanent Recruitment 

When engaging with us for permanent recruitment, you can be sure you are partnering with an organisation who go beyond the traditional methods of sourcing individuals. We utilise our long-standing relationships of both active and passive individuals to not only provide you with the most suitable individual on paper, but who will provide long standing benefit to your organisation.

Executive Search 

The Principal People retained assignment recruitment service provides your organisation with a bespoke solution that meets your talent needs. We utilise our extensive database and also connect with the best candidates proactively through our headhunting capability. Our consultative approach to the search ensures that we invest the time to understand your organisation, budget and project requirements, utilising cutting edge behavioural profiling.

Due to the indepth process, we have a 100% success rate within this space

Interim and Contract 

Whether you are looking for an Interim Head of Health and Safety or looking to fill a specialist role, such as a Technical Fire Consultant or a BREEAM Assessor, we are experts in hiring for specialist projects at short notice. We know how important it is to get the right culture fit for an interim assignment and our extensive network of contractors and industry experts allows us to move quickly but effectively, so we can find the right candidate with the right skills for your project, FAST! 


Utilising our industry knowledge, we can assist with pre recruitment discussions to create a recruitment strategy for your upcoming positions

- Creating a clear and attractive recruitment campaign

- Role definition and scoping

- Organisational design

- Salary benchmarking

Why choose Principal People? 
- 35,000+ strong HSEQ candidate database
- 98% client satisfaction rate
- Sector specialist consultants
- Experience within all sectors
- Supporting large, small, public, private and commercial employers

Registering your vacancy 

If you have a vacancy that you would like assistance with, contact us by calling us on 01252 759 162, CLICKING HERE or emailing us via info@principalpeople.co.uk.     


Employer Testimonials

  • "I worked with Principal People on sourcing a senior H&S manager on a 3 month recruitment project, so speed was of the essence. This is a team process, and Shelby fitted seamlessly into it. Great work completed to a successful conclusion, would be delighted to work with Principal People again.”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • “I have always found Principal People have a very personal approach with regular contact to determine my ongoing needs. Having dealt with Naz, I have found him to be very detail orientated around the brief allowing him to provide me with exceptional candidates.”

    Head of Safety

  • “Melanie started today! I just wanted to say a massive thank you.  You have been outstanding from the moment we spoke. My goodness I work at pace, but you make me look slow. I have really impressed with the service and I have not hesitation in recommending Principal People and we will definitely be working with you again.”

    Health and Safety Manager

  • “I have used Principal People for both permanent and temporary placements within health and safety and pure environmental roles and found both their quality of service and the people they provide to be of a high standard.”  

    Director of HSEQ

  • “...they excelled and demonstrated a track record of submitting successful choice of candidates and consistent follow up with the client to ensuring expectations were met. I have no hesitation in recommending Principal People Recruitment for their invaluable services, with a great return in investment.”

    Interim Head of Health and Safety

  • "Principal People have helped me place several safety and environmental professionals during the past few years. I've always found George and the Principal People team to be professional, easy to deal with and thorough"

    HSE Director

  • "Principal People have once again delivered high calibre candidates for interview ticking all of the requirements for both personality and attitude as well as technical expertise. The service received is always friendly, efficient and very organized."

    Divisional Head of HSEQ

  • “I have used Principle People for both permanent and temporary placements and found both their quality of service and the people they provide to be of a high standard"

    Regional Head of HSEQ

  • "A professional yet friendly service provided, with a good level of support and reliability."

    Head of Health, Safety and Environment

  • "I think the service offered was first class and I felt that Principal People managed to take the administration burden out of the process and trying to ascertain just what I wanted was very good and helpful.”

    Head of HSEQ

  • “We engaged Principal People to source Health & Safety Consultants for our business and I can confirm they have provided a great service.”


  • "The recruitment process can be arduous and in the first instance of my recent recruitment was just that, until I was approached by Principal People. Thorough understanding of my needs, the role and the demands for the position made the recruitment task a lot easier"

    Head of Health and Safety

  • “I recently appointed Principle People to help recruit for numerous positions covering Health and Safety, an Environmental and Sustainability Advisor and most importantly an Associate Director - Environment position. I found the staff to be very professional, spending time to understand our business needs and the type of individuals who would integrate well within our team. Their professionalism and drive to find the right candidate for each role enabled our recruitment strategy to be delivered on time. I would recommend and use Principle People in the future".

    Group SHEQ Director

  • Excellent recruiting agent, extremely knowledgeable in his field and I couldn't have asked for more from Reece. Would highly recommend for fire safety recruitment for anyone who is looking for a job or looking to recruit the correct person.

    Regional Fire Safety Surveyor

  • Reece has good knowledge of the requirements of various roles within the fire sector and understands the required technical ability needed for such opportunities in the market.

    Fire Safety Manager

  • Reece was an excellent communicator and ensured that the right people were put up for the right jobs without just sending through bunches of candidates without thought about their suitability. This attention to detail ensured my time wasn't wasted, and more importantly, the candidates' time which resulted in 3 excellent placements.

    Head of Compliance