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Founded 15 years ago, MCS Group has firmly established itself as Northern Ireland's leading specialist recruitment agency.

Our mission has been to raise the bar, set the standard, and be the modern benchmark for international recruitment. Our vision is to set the standard in the markets and disciplines we operate in by combining an ethical, energetic, and astute approach to our specialist recruitment solutions.

We truly go above and beyond for our clients and candidates, providing a service built on strong ethics, expert knowledge, and unrivalled passion.

We are interested in positive, long-term impact, not short-term fixes and are focused on sourcing the best fit and most talented people for your vacancies, culture and growth, while delivering an outstanding client and candidate experience.

We empower businesses to build and retain world-class teams across Technology, Sales & Marketing, Accountancy & Finance, Engineering, HR and Professional Services. We operate from Graduate entry to Director level, focusing on cultural and behavioural fit to create placements that last.


Alongside Recruitment and Selection, we provide HR and Talent Solutions including:

  • Recruitment Marketing and Employer Branding

  • HR Toolkits, Market Insights

  • Outplacement and Career Transitioning Platform and Training

  • Online Skills and Psychometric Testing

  • Virtual Interview Platforms

  • Online Diversity and Inclusion Training

  • Candidate Employability Workshops



Established in 2017, through a need for a consultative recruitment partner to deliver exceptional recruitment services across the Business Support sector Honeycomb specialises in sourcing exceptional talent to provide the support you need today and the talent you’ll need tomorrow.

Example Roles include:

  • Admin Assistant
  • Admin Officer
  • Executive Officer
  • Deputy Principal
  • HR Assistant
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Admin
  • Project Officer
  • Grants Officer

Today, we have a combined experience of 50 years in the UK and Irish recruitment sectors and are proud to work with many of Northern Ireland's leading organisations. Our client portfolio ranges from globally operating corporates to local SMEs as well as a wide range of Public and Third Sector organisations including AFBI, Ards & North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Bryson Charitable Group, Inspire Wellbeing, NI Water, NI Housing Executive, Praxis Care, Special EU Programmes Body, NI Assembly and Translink.



MCS Group's track record of delivering resourcing and recruitment solutions in the Professional Services fields goes back 30 years with both our MDs and owners, along with the MCS Specialist Recruitment management teams having managed large public sector contracts throughout their careers across: Invest NI, Probation Board, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Health Trusts, local councils, Northern Ireland Water, Translink and Northern Ireland Housing Executive. 

Example Roles include:

  • Finance Manager
  • HR Advisor
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Capital Accountant
  • PMO Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Programme Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Head of Communications

We are very proud to have worked with Northern Ireland's Public Sector organisations adding value to not only their existing recruitment processes but organisations as a whole. 

Our Professional Services teams has grown to be the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland, with an unparalleled capacity to support our customers with our client base and central to our success is our appreciation of the nuances within the different segments involved. We know the various talent challenges faced by a third sector organisation to that of a local council or Central Government.



    Louise is one of the most experienced recruitment professionals and trainers in the UK and Ireland. With 29 years’ experience in the people and talent industry, she jointly owns and runs MCS Group, the largest specialist recruitment firm in Northern Ireland.

    A fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she has worked with a diverse range of clients from Public Bodies, SMEs, Multinationals, and new start-ups supporting them through growth and achieving success through the recruitment and retention of their people. Louise advises boards on talent attraction and best-in-class recruitment processes and workforce planning.


    Mairead Scott, Managing Director has over 25 years’ experience in recruiting across the Public Sector and has overseen the delivery of some of the largest contracts locally, including Northern Ireland Civil Service, Belfast City Council, and North Down and Ards Borough Council throughout her career.

    Having identified significant gaps in the existing framework models (in terms of service delivery, turnaround times, quality of candidates, and a partnership approach which leads to a deep understanding of specific department or organisational needs), Mairead identified a real demand in the market for a recruitment partner who would take a fresh approach to providing recruitment solutions to the public sector.


    Over the last five years, Claire has become more than a recruitment provider but a true partner to many of Northern Ireland’s Public and Third sector organisations.

     An advocate for exceptional service and industry-leading candidate and client engagement Claire regularly liaises with Director level officials and hiring managers to invest time to develop an understanding of the organisation, role, and operational functionality, which has led to her success in support Public Sector clients.

     With a meticulous attention to detail and focus on delivery, this resulted in strong recruitment partnerships and true added value delivery.


    As Head of HR, Sales and Marketing Recruitment Ryan is Northern Ireland’s leading HR recruiter, partnering with a vast range of clients across Northern Ireland covering multiple industries, he has helped to source the best HR talent in the market.

     Ryan is a highly experienced Recruitment Professional, with over 10 years specialist recruitment experience and the last 5 years specialising in the recruitment of HR and Legal professionals and has a proven track record of placing HR talent from HR Advisor to HR Director and has built a strong candidate network and social following, clients include local Councils, AFBI, NI Assembly, NI Water and Law Society NI. Ryan has a never-ending, genuine passion to source the best HR talent and ensuring organisations continue to thrive.


    Adam has over four years of recruitment experience and as Head of Qualified & Specialist Finance leads a team of Recruitment Consultants specialising in recruiting qualified Accountants across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Adam’s clients have ranged from start-ups and SMEs to large multi-national corporations, as well as public sector bodies and charity organisations throughout Northern Ireland and parts of the Republic of Ireland.

     Adam’s expertise includes recruiting from newly qualified to senior management level finance roles. As a true advocate of service and champion of talent Adam works in partnership to find solutions to our client’s business-critical needs. He is determined to ensure that both his clients and candidates benefit from being provided with a first-class level of service.


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