Irwin & Colton

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If you're tired of working a saturated market, where every candidate you contact has already received 20 InMails about the same role, then maybe it's time for a change. Health, Safety and Environment recruitment agency Irwin and Colton have carved out a name within a niche and lucrative sector. Earn 40% of what you bill with no threshold. Plus after 5 years of service enjoy a month fully paid sabbatical. Work for a company that blends industry expertise with a collaborative and close-knit team environment.

Key Info


Recruitment Sectors
Health, Safety & Environment

Who we are

Irwin & Colton is the specialist in Health, Safety and Environment recruitment. Our candidates are a rare blend of hard skills (qualifications / experience) and soft skills (communication / problem solving). Finding these unique people, who add so much value to our clients’ organisations, takes experience and judgement. We’re committed to helping you learn, grow and succeed in an open, positive environment. At Irwin & Colton you’ll find genuine, friendly people who work hard and are well rewarded for it, and who enjoy social time together, away from the 9-5.


Rough Runner 2019!

Escape room - Watford

Our team and your place in it

We’re a close-knit team, from recent graduates through to experienced Consultants, with backgrounds in sales, events and recruitment. We put great value in collaborative working and encourage our Consultants to cross sell and share candidates, for which we also offer incentives. As a Consultant with us you’ll have your own desk but will work in close partnership with the Directors and other Consultants in your area. You’ll be well supported by our two Directors who both have a decade in the industry and have studied, volunteered and worked in the wider Environment, Health & Safety space. We have preferred supplier agreements with a large number of clients, so you’ll be coming to a 'warm' desk with active leads and jobs; but you’ll also need to develop and grow your own.

Training and development

Helping you become your best is our priority, because, cards on the table, better people make our business stronger. So we’ll invest in you. We’ll give you time, skills, support and experience to enable you to become a truly exceptional recruiter. That means mentoring, support and active, hands-on career development. Training includes: • Specialist off-site recruitment training • Industry site visits to really get to know our market • Study in our market, to know more than our competitors • Regular, personalised recruitment training, for your learning and development needs

So what are the perks?

We look after our people because we want you to stay with us for the long term. So, as well as all the things you’d expect like a pension and 25 days’ holiday, you’ll enjoy a range of social activities, from weekly beers, to big nights out and unforgettable events. Here’s a full list: Time off • Holiday allowance (25 days plus bank holidays) including your birthday off • Closed from Christmas to New Year • 1 month fully-paid leave (sabbatical), after 5 years Social • Christmas & Summer Party, and Quarterly Events – every quarter is different, past events include: rooftop cocktails in London, speed boat on Thames, Top Golf, German Christmas markets (and beer house). • Daily dress down (Business Casual) • Annual awards • Friday: beers at 4.30pm, all day casual wear and early finish – weekly dart board jackpot winner • Summer family BBQs • Team nights out for hitting target Standard • Uncapped commission structure • Pension

Celebrating success!

Bavarian beer house, definite highlight of Winter Wonderland 2018!


We know your commission is a big part of the job, so we keep it simple, uncapped and generous. All paid quarterly you can earn up to 40%, there are no thresholds in your first 6 months and a low threshold thereafter.

The extras

• Thousands of discounts for fashion, leisure and entertainment, eating out, holidays and travel and shopping, saving you around £1,200 a year • Mentoring, support and active career development • Fully subsidised weekly spin class • Free fruit, all day, every day • Mobile phone insurance • Quick online GP access

The right tech; the best tools

We know that a big part of the job is having the right tools, memberships and opportunities to make your mark. So we’ve invested heavily, to give you the best possible working experience. • Full LinkedIn Pro licence for all Consultants • Bullhorn CRM system • Broadbean: post all your ads at once and easily manage responses • Industry networking events • Recently updated, SEO and mobile-friendly website

Finding your feet, making your mark – Emily

Emily joined us as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant in December 2017; she’d just graduated with a degree in English Language & Literature. While studying, she worked a number of jobs but was completely new to the world of recruitment. For six months we worked closely with her, one-to-one, giving her all the training and support she needed, after which she was promoted to Recruitment Consultant. She now manages her own section of the Health and Safety market in a full 360 role. Emily’s fantastic communication skills and diligent work ethic have earned her a number of placements, and of course, the generous commission that comes with them.

Quarterly Reward - Top Golf!

Industry events - checking out the latest tech!

Body and mind

Taking care of your body and mental health is as much a priority for us as your professional development. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, we have lots of activities, all of which are funded by the company, some that we do as a group, to get your heart pumping, and others that support a positive sense of self. • Weekly spin class (fully subsidised) • Weekly lunchtime jogging club around local parks • Sporting team challenges (Tough Mudder / Rough Runner) • Free fruit all day everyday • Charity fundraising events (Bake Off, sports events etc.)

Our industry

We’re specialists in the health, safety and environmental industry. It’s not our goal to become a jack-of-all trades, we’ve over decade of experience and are well-known as the experts in our field; we’re 100% dedicated to finding talented people for the Health and Safety industry.


You’ll be directly supported, and for trainees, mentored by Directors and Senior Managers with considerable recruitment experience. We’ll work with you one-to-one to ensure you progress in your career and achieve great rewards.

We’re based in…

...Rickmansworth, five minutes from the Metropolitan Line tube and Chiltern Line train – 20 mins into London. So we’re close enough to get into London easily, but you don’t have the daily grind of the commute.

Real expertise you can bank on

Many companies claim expertise, but, you can always recognise the real thing. With Irwin & Colton, industry leaders regularly appear in our popular Safety Bytes videos. We interview the biggest names in Health and Safety, sharing news, views and ideas, across the industry. Directors of Health, Safety and Environment from Thames Water, Mace, Thames Tideway, and Turner & Townsend have all be involved so far. In a crowded marketplace, where great service is standard, true market insight is a valuable commodity. Our Safety Bytes series, with over 10,000 views, sets us apart as the true industry experts.

We work with…

…some of the world’s biggest brands and best known names. They trust us because we have over a decade of experience and a huge amount of market expertise. And they rely on us because we give them total peace of mind, taking care of the whole process, to find someone unique, who will bring true added value to their role.

5 mins walk from the station!

Getting out on site with our clients

Our Directors presenting on career development at the IIRSM

What do our Consultants think?

If you want to get some genuine insight into how it feels to be a Consultant, and the journey to get there, have a look at this short piece. Our Consultant Emily was recently interviewed by the BBC and she shares her thoughts.

Our expectations

Everyone is different, so we make sure your financial target is tailored to you. What matters most to us is that you show determination and commitment, and stick to our values. If you do that we’re sure you will bill, but if you don’t we will support you, we’re here for you, for the long term.

Beyond industry knowledge

Knowing the industry is one thing, and we’ve got that covered, with over a decade of experience and the industry’s biggest names keen to appear on our Safety Bytes video series. But playing an active part in the industry is just as important. For over a decade Irwin & Colton has been committed to networking and making connections that give us a significant advantage over our competitors. We regularly attend and participate in key industry events. We’ve spoken at industry events run by IIRSM and also to postgraduate students at Middlesex University. We’re also frequently invited to key industry annual general meetings, lectures and regulatory events. All of which means we’re at the forefront of industry knowledge.

Looking forward

Just as we are now, in the future we will continue to be the Health and Safety recruitment experts. We’re not over complicating things, we’re keeping it simple – we’re the experts in our field and that’s where we’re staying, doubling down on our commitment to finding rare candidates and determined to give our clients peace of mind that they can rely on us, 100%.

Choose us because…

We’re a close-knit, dedicated, team, who enjoy working together and create a supportive place to work. Our people enjoy a large range of personal benefits, a generous, uncapped commission structure and opportunities to socialise. Working with us will give you extra skills, specialist knowledge and fantastic contacts, all of which will be valuable throughout your career.

New team pic!

What’s important to us?

At our heart is a strong commitment to finding rare people. We’re determined to place candidates who really make a difference, adding unexpected value to their role and our clients’ wider business. Our close-knit team is a huge part of that. We support each other, openly, honestly and helpfully, with a shared commitment to helping candidates change their lives and giving our clients peace of mind.

Irwin & Colton

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters Rickmansworth
Company Size <10

Recruitment Sectors
Health, Safety & Environment


  • Sabbatical
  • Recruiter Licence
  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Friday Drinks
  • Beer Fridge
  • Investment in Tech
  • Birthday Off
  • Company Wide Trips
  • Onsite Fitness Classes
  • CSR
  • Early Friday Finish
  • Clear Progression Structure
  • Great L&D

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