How We Work

Our relationships with our candidates are fundamental to our success.

MSA prides itself on having in-depth knowledge of the markets in which we operate – this is shared with our candidates to help achieve an accurate job fit. In addition to matching your technical skills, we focus on your personal circumstances to ensure you will be happy with all aspects of your next position.

Our client portfolio ranges from 2-man bands, to SME’s and international blue chips, allowing us to provide you with an extensive overview of career opportunities within your specialist field. We aim to make the process simple and fulfilling to achieve your desired outcome. Our service offering and advice to candidates includes:

  • The personal touch; it's not all about 'the job'. Where do you live? Do you own or rent your home? Can you move? Where does your partner work? Children in school? What are your interests?
  • CV writing; we provide assistance to candidates on how to structure your CV, and the importance of tailoring a CV / highlighting key skills for specific vacancies
  • Salary surveys; honest advice when benchmarking your salary requirements. Don't price yourself out of an interview, but don't undersell yourself
  • Interview tips & techniques; the do's and don'ts, the basics (obvious, but often overlooked!)
  • Rigorous Interview preparation; thorough information on the company / team profile / project portfolio / software suites
  • Aptitude testing support; information on any testing procedures as part of the interview process
  • Interview logistics; parking on site? we'll reserve a space for you.  Need to get the train? we'll check the times
  • Relocation advice; areas to live / local estate agents


Our approach is highly transparent, consultative and above all honest – these values are fundamental to our successful client relationships.

What we do

We offer tailored recruitment solutions covering vacancies at all levels of seniority within our vertical markets.

  • Coverage; delivery capability covers permanent resourcing, contract resourcing, executive search, contingency and graduate recruitment
  • Compliance; professional integrity, industry best practice, data protection, legal compliance. We are full corporate members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
  • Sectors; Focusing on specific disciplines ensures an in-depth technical appreciation of job specifications and thorough understanding of candidate market conditions
  • Consistent voice; Our business model ensures you have the same point of contact throughout the full recruitment lifecycle

Candidate attraction

Our candidate pool is dedicated to the core markets we cover, developed from having a consistent presence in these sectors. Our search activities include;

  • CRM; In-house CRM with cutting edge search functionality; skills, experience, qualifications, availability, salary, location, industry sector - passive & active candidates
  • Advertising; Comprehensive reach covering multiple industry specific job boards and sector specific publications
  • CV databases; Real time access to 4 dedicated CV libraries relevant our vertical markets providing access to newly registered applicants
  • Time & materials networking; Targeted approach to find specialist’s skills not generally available on the open candidate market or when a confidential search is required
  • Referrals; Incentivise existing candidates to refer talent within their personal network
  • Graduate Resourcing; Constant focus on finding tomorrow Analytics and Acoustic professionals, partnering some of the UK’s leading Universities in these fields, allowing us to engage with up and coming graduate talent

Service offerings

Support throughout the recruitment lifecycle and thereafter;

  • Sector Intelligence; Market appraisal & salary benchmarking, job specification assistance
  • Face/Face consultation; before, during & after placement
  • Rigorous candidate qualification; skills, experience, qualifications, career and job search motivations, interpersonal skills, work eligibility, availability, salary
  • Candidate summary documents; Detailed pre-interview candidate information, ensuring a relevant fit. Tailored working examples provided where required.
  • Interview assistance; On-site interview support from MSA consultants, facilitation with assessment days
  • Candidate engagement; Post interview candidate feedback documentation, provides valuable feedback on suitability
  • Background screening; Full 360 referencing, UK work eligibility checks
  • Progress reports; updates on search results, consultative feedback & recommendations
  • Post placement; support with on-boarding and progress updates





Our consultants focus on specific vertical markets.


Data Analytics

Acoustics, Noise & Vibration

Our markets demonstrate a healthy need for interim staffing.

In today’s demanding business environment our clients are opting to hire contract professionals to provide project support or cover spikes in work load. From a candidate perspective, the variety and flexibility on offer makes the contract market an attractive proposition to many Data Analytics & Acoustic professionals. We have extensive experience in running an established contractor portfolio;

Our contractors will;

  • Receive advice and ongoing support should they be new to the contract market
  • Work with ourselves and accredited partners to assist in all aspects contract litigation, including limited company obligations, umbrella options and IR35 compliance
  • Benefit from our relationship with the REC providing access to a series of contract worker schedules and other contract worker information
  • Be paid on time benefitting from our robust in-house payroll system
  • Receive regular onsite visits from MSA ensuring a strong working relationship

Our clients will;

  • Receive a quick response to a contract request with access to ‘available’ and fully referenced candidate shortlists
  • Benefit from support in setting up contract schedules and associated legal requirements to ensure legal compliance
  • Take advantage of a simplistic timesheet approval process to track contractor work schedules
  • Have assurance that contractors will be paid on time
  • Receive regular progress updates to ensure retention against schedule
  • Benefit from satisfied contractors

Do you have a critical project that requires immediate resource, or need cover for a long term absence?

Contact our contract desk to discuss contract solutions and candidate availability; 0121 421 2975

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+44 (0)121 421 2975

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