Thorn Baker Construction How we Can Help You

How We Can Help You

WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT

Thorn Baker Construction_Pool of ClientsWe use our know-how to help our construction clients deliver their projects on time by sourcing from our established database of candidates.

Experience: We've been building our candidate database for over 30 years and our teams keep this data current, updated and relevant.
Reliability: Our candidates have an enviable turn up to work rate of 97.8% - this is measured on a daily basis across the business and has been for over 30 years.
Transparency: We keep a work history of tried and tested candidates. We have detailed job specs for each job a candidate has completed for us.
Trust: Our clients demonstrate their trust - 93% use us on their next jobs.


Thorn Baker Construction_Our tried and tested process


​Our tried and tested process ensures that we match the best professional and trades candidates, with construction company’s needs.

Quality: Our candidates have worked with us for years. We communicate with every client prior to someone starting our historical relationship or if they are new to Thorn Baker Construction.
Site-fit ready to start: whether it’s PPE, travel routes, maps, timesheets, interview prep, adverse weather - we make sure you're both ready for day one.
Communication:  We speak to our candidate’s an average of 90 minutes in the lead up to them starting and during the first two days of an assignment to check all is well.
Care: Once the job starts we deliver continuous, active care to both of you: we’re always here to help, from first day check-ins to quality calls. We make sure that you’re both happy throughout the process.


Thorn Baker Construction_Specialist Construction RecruitersYour team of specialist construction consultants are focused on the end goal of client and candidate satisfaction.

Specialists: We are specialists in construction. We understand its pain points and what it takes to make it successful.
Experienced: Our recruiters have an average of five years’ experience in construction recruitment, you can be sure your consultant will stay with you for the duration of your project.
Trust: We have an enviable 95% candidate satisfaction rate, 93% client retention rate, and 93% of our clients would recommend us.
Certified: We are a Constructionline Gold member and we’re CHAS and Builders Profile registered.
Award-Winning: We're delighted to have been awarded for the third time, based on our exceptional levels of employee engagement, 2 stars from Best Companies and to be named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For.

Managers Meeting Day
  • Cracking Service!Katie has found us some great Management cover over the past couple of years. She has always managed to understand the type of business we are and the type of people we need. We recently set her a task to find us a great full-time site Manager who fits our profile requirements and she certainly hit the brief Awesome work! Keep smashing it home Katie!We will certainly be looking to Katie in the future for any permanent positions as well as continuing with her placements for cover positions.

    Senior Contracts Manager, Grangewood Southern Ltd,

  • As a company we pride ourselves on all employees and workers sharing a common goal for excellent project outcomes and service to clients. It is therefore very important to us that agency workers share this view. Richard has been key to ensuring our company’s core values are understood by the agency labour before they arrive on site. We also find their accounting process very smooth; their team works well with our own accounts department to check hours are recorded correctly and invoicing is accurate. We would not hesitate to recommend Richard and the team at Thorn Baker to any new clients and like-minded businesses.

    Director, Wraxall Builders Limited,

  • I would just like to take this opportunity to say that Jack is an amazing help to me on this very very large project.  When my self and Jack converse he always gives me honest straight answers and has always provided exactly what he has said labour wise.  Jack always gives me a call on the day he has new labour starting to make sure I am happy.Really looking forward to Thorn Baker’s continued support over the coming months.

    Senior Site Foreman, Knowles Construction Limited,

  • Sid has been supplying me with freelance site managers nationwide for over a year. He has delivered on short notice and provided excellent service. I would recommend him to other Fit-out contractors.

    Operations Assistant, 7formation Ltd,

  • You aren't just another agency worker with Thorn Baker, they continually check you are happy with your assignment and chase up any queries you have promptly. The team do everything they can to keep you in work and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is thinking about contracting through an agency.

    Candidate Testimonial, Birmingham

  • A big thumbs up to Thorn Baker who have always been consistent in their efforts to find and offer me work. Thanks for your efforts.

    Candidate Testimonial, Birmingham

  • ​We have been using thorn baker over a long time period for a specific project and we have found no faults. The operatives are open to completing all tasks set by the site manager and are also able to use their own initiative if the site manager is completing other jobs such as paperwork etc. If we ever have any queries Thorn Baker are always at the end of the phone and are able to get back to us quickly.

    Brown & Kirby Ltd, Leeds

  • I have worked with Chris now for several years on various projects and have found that overall the operatives he has supplied have been very reliable workers.Chris keeps in communication regularly and updates us frequently on our requirements and is honest in his approach and we will continue to have a working relationship moving forwards on this basis. The stand out moment was when Chris himself came to site to do the job of the gateman!

    Senior Site Manager, Bellway Homes Limited (East Midlands),

  • Just a thank you for your service throughout the years from whoever I have worked for.Simon is a great guy who always comes through with what I need. Always happy to help and honest if no one is available.

    Site Manager, Lindum Group Ltd,

  • PJE have been using Thorn Baker for several years to source labour across the country and has always been provided with great service. Mitch is always very responsive to our enquiries and provides regular updates when sourcing labour, he’s built a great rapport with our Project Managers and always lets us know in advance if there are likely to be any issues with a particular geographical region or qualification requirement.

    Project Procurement & Logistics Co-ordinator, PJE Business Solutions,

  • I have worked for Thorn Baker for a while and have had no problems with the way I've been treated and the rates of pay were very reasonable.

    Candidate Testimonial, Birmingham

  • I have been working for Thorn Baker since 2015. I have found them to be a very reliable, honest and diligent recruiters. They've always delivered on promises and always have the best rate for my services. I would also like to thank them for all of the work since I started with Thorn Baker.

    Candidate Testimonial, London

  • At Thorn Baker Construction you're given all of the support and encouragement to deliver a great recruitment service, I have only worked for this company and can honestly say I have never been tempted to work elsewhere. The practices I learned 13 years ago have stood me in good stead ever since and I look forward to passing them on to new recruits in the coming years.

    Simon Jones, Business Manager,

  • I have been very fortunate to be able to relocate from the Thorn Baker Manchester office to the London office. I have also hit my yearly target for the 3rd year running!

    Sid Choudhury, Recruitment Consultant,

  • I'm most excited about the team being built and what the future will bring to the Birmingham office, having forward thinking can do hands-on staff keen to consult and offer solutions.

    Andrew Jordan, Recruitment Consultant,

  • We have worked with Thorn Baker for the last four years. As a company employing a large PAYE workforce it has helped supplement our labour and offers us more flexibility. We have found working closely with Thorn Baker has proved very successful. We have tried several agency companies but none offer the same personal touch.

    R. Moulding & Co. (Salisbury) Ltd, Bristol

  • Just a quick note to give credit when due! Katie is always a pleasure to deal with fantastic communication skills and attention to detail. Katie has a good understanding of the type of work we do and the tradesmen we are looking for, in both skills set and work ethic. I have no hesitation in recommending Katie to other contractors or colleagues. Roll on the next project so we can continue this good working relationship. Keep up the good work!

    Stonewood Builders, Bristol

  • I would like to thank you for your excellent service throughout the busy Summer period for the Building Trade, knowing the shortage of labour throughout many businesses, it was especially difficult to get hold of Painters and Decorators. My contact for yourselves was Mitchell Evans who went above and beyond to help me out, and the quality of painters and decorators that he provided were far and above any other agency that I used this summer.

    Contracts Manager, Optimum Combined Services Ltd,

  • We built up an understanding of mutual trust but also one of professional integrity. It is hugely important that my colleagues and I receive reliable and efficient service and Jack, time after time has delivered this and has exceeded my expectations. I’m confident that Thorn Baker provide a service which we can rely upon.

    Speller Metcalfe, Bristol

  • Thorn Baker has fast become our agency of choice due to not only the quality of candidate that is presented to us on a regular basis but also their integrity when it comes to making sure the candidate is right for us - and most importantly, within our budget!

    Helm Construction Limited, Bristol

  • 'Kip has proven himself to be a reliable and honest labour supplier on a number of our projects. He has a solid knowledge of civil trades and has always endeavoured to provide us with quality operatives - which he has done consistently meaning we handed over to the client on time. He is friendly, always ready to help and has built an excellent relationship with our company in both business and personal.'

    Carney Construction, London

  • Katie is a very client focused individual who is determined to supply the correct calibre operative. This will include regular contact from her to myself and the operatives to ensure that we have the right person to use efficiently and to overall control the costs. The difference between Katie and other Labour suppliers is that she is still actively involved throughout when labour is supplied-not just at the point of request/supply - this is the failure of other agencies.

    Crest Nicholson (South West) Ltd,

  • Rhian successfully headhunted me into a new and exciting role on the other side of the world. Always personable and professional.

    Engineering & Systems Manager, Offsite

  • Rhian always works with total dedication and professionalism. She is personable and trust worthy. I would recommend working with Rhian without hesitation.

    OneNinety Manufacturing, Offsite

  • Refreshing to deal with a competent experienced specialist recruiter who clearly understood my needs and was able to place me within a compatible organisation that shared my ethics and passion for construction

    Project Manager, Offsite

  • Rhian is an absolute delight to deal with, courteous, professional, and above all sensitive to both the needs of candidates and clients alike. I've found her to be patient and intent on securing packages that work for both parties with a view of long term placements, not just box-ticking. Rhian's attention to detail where work skills are concerned is also paramount, I found her to be very unique in reading between the lines of a typical CV to gather an accurate view of what a candidate can truly offer a business, rather than just "pigeon-holing" a candidate on first impressions. All in all, I would recommend Rhian to both candidates and clients whole-heartedly, truly a pleasure to deal with.

    Man Of Fire Ltd, Offsite

  • Thorn Baker were good to deal with.  They provided suitable candidates which met our specification.  No time wasters.

    Miller Contractors (Wales) Ltd,

  • I have worked with Rhian for many years and at each business, I have worked at she has handled all my recruitment requirements. ​​​​​​​ I have always found her professional and incredibly helpful, her attention to detail is great and she always put a lot of work into understanding the role and our requirements at an early stage and her pre-screening of candidates has always been very useful and saved a lot of wasted time on our part at the interview stage.

    Stewart Milne Timber Systems,

  • Rhian is the most organised and friendliest recruitment agent we have worked with, she makes dealing with the agency stress-free and an easy process. She is 100% reliable and efficient and has sourced us some excellent candidates. She comes highly recommended by us.

    5 Rivers,

  • 'Thanks for your email wishing me luck for the future, I would like to extend my gratitude to you in assisting me with being given the opportunity to work for Stewart Milne Timber Systems. I have a great feeling about this company and I really hope things go well and all works out so that with this role and company become “my forever job”.  You yourself have been amazing throughout the process, your no-nonsense, say it how it approach was fantastic which meant I had my eyes wide open about everything before the interviews, there was nothing that was a big surprise along the way. I almost feel like giving you a big hug and kiss because I really do recognise the opportunity you have given me and how much of a positive effect working for a company like this will have on my life. Thank you so much.'

    Candidate Testimonial, Offsite

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon Mitchell for the service he has provided over the last 12 months. Simon has listened to our requirements when our workforce has needed a boost and has supplied us with pre-screened, appropriately qualified personnel as and when required. Simon takes the time to vet potential candidates before putting them forward, unlike other agencies I have used, who just supply a body regardless of whether they can do the job or not. When asked I recommend Simon without any reservations.

    Galtec Limited, Bristol

  • Marlborough Brickwork Ltd has worked closely with Thorn Baker for over 10 years, in challenging conditions, in a difficult sector. They have supplied experienced workers on a number of our construction projects, for both masonry trades and the fixing of secondary steel.  Thorn Baker is extremely knowledgeable and professional in their approach, but also maintain a personal touch in dealing with our needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to potential clients.

    Marlborough Brickwork, Leeds

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