Public Sector

With expertise in the public sector's distinct needs, we offer innovative talent solutions for today's public sector organisations, aiding in talent acquisition and workforce management across local and central government.

With a deep understanding of the unique needs and challenges of the public sector, we are dedicated to connecting exceptional talent with exceptional organisations. Our mission is to help build stronger communities by providing industry-leading recruitment services.

We understand the vital role that public sector organisations play in serving our communities, and we are equally committed to helping them find the right talent to fulfil their missions. 

At MCS Group, fairness, equality, compliance, and robustness are integral to our ethos and dedicated commitment. To ensure that we meet these standards, we have a dedicated Bids and Tenders Manager who handles the intricate details, allowing organisations to partner with us confidently and hassle-free. As a testament to our commitment, we have achieved success in securing numerous tenders, and we continue to pursue even more opportunities.

Crown Commercial Services - Reference number: RM6277


MCS Group are an approved supplier on the Non-Clinical Staffing Framework, the framework enables all public and third sector organisations to hire a range of quality non-clinical workers through a range of engagement types including fixed-term, temporary positions and contractors. 

  • Ensure Full Audit Trail Compliance
  • No further procurement exercise required
  • Available across all Public & Third Sector organisations 
  • Exclusive Favourable Rates, Pre-Negotiated and Confirmed

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council - Provision of Employment Agency Services

Following a competitive public procurement exercise, MCS Group have been selected as a supplier for Agency Workers for all senior management and specialist posts in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council - Provision of a Range of Recruitment Services

Following our success across the public sector, MCS Group have been selected as an approver supplier for the Temporary Recruitment of Specialist Roles including HR, IT, Environmental Health, Finance across Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Translink - Framework for the Provision of End-to-End Recruitment Services for Infrastructure and Projects Division

In 2023, following a competitive public procurement exercise MCS Group were selected as the lead supplier for the Provision of End-to-End Recruitment Services for Infrastructure and Projects across Translink. MCS Group will provide permanent and fixed term contract recruitment solutions to support the Infrastructure and Projects division, will require a variety of technical roles to fulfil a programme of capital and maintenance works.

NI Water - Employment Agency Contract

In 2023, MCS Group were appointed as the top ranked supplier for IT, Finance, Procurement, Scientific, Engineering & Project Management and HR & Legal under NI Water’s Employment Agency Contract. MCS Group will provide a range of permanent and interim recruitment solutions including Permanent hiring, Temporary Agency Workers and Fixed Term Contracts.

Northern Ireland Assembly

In 2021, following a competitive public procurement exercise MCS Group was selected as an approved supplier by the Northern Ireland Assembly to supply temporary workers as part of their Corporate Plan. The professional/specialist roles provided by MCS Group are essential to the delivery of the key projects and priorities contained within the Corporate Plan.


As part of our mission to raise the bar, set the standard, and be the modern benchmark for international recruitment, MCS Group leads  the charge in making a significant contribution to our society by championing diversity, skills and the environment.

In our quest to be a champion for diversity,  we lead by example by supporting and challenging our clients, candidates and partners to do the same. Over the past 15 years we have built partnerships with multiple organisations, community groups, charities, and educational bodies to promote diversity and inclusion across the business community and workforce in Northern Ireland.


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

Accreditations & Initiatives

  • 'Every Customer Counts’ Commitment

    MCS Group has taken steps to promote accessible services and has signed the Equality Commission NI 'every customer counts' commitment statement.

    MCS Group aims to provide a service that all our customers can use and in a manner that respects the dignity, independence and choice.

    Consistent with our vision of being a business accessible to everyone, we carry out regular reviews of our services. We do this to help us to identify and remove any potential barriers for disabled customers.

    Every customer must experience the same high level of service from us. Therefore, we will make every effort to accommodate requests for assistance or reasonable adjustments from customers seeking to access services that we offer.

  • Northern Ireland Diversity and Inclusion Charter Mark

    Awarded by Legal-Island, the Charter Mark recognises that MCS Group practices diversity and inclusion for staff, candidates, clients, contacts and suppliers.

  • Investors in People

    MCS Group has successfully achieved accreditation by demonstrating the IIP indicators' evidence requirements, recognising how we train, support, and manage our people.

  • ISO 9001 Global Quality Standard

    MCS Group follows a quality management system framework that is fully compliant with the ISO 9001 standard. Our processes are regularly audited to ensure we continue to meet compliance requirements.

  • Northern Ireland Bronze Diversity Mark

    The Diversity Mark accreditation is the ‘Mark of Progress’ that allows us to demonstrate to our employees and valued customers our commitment to creating an inclusive & diverse workplace.

  • Belfast Business Promise

    As part of our mission to “lead the charge in making a significant contribution to our society by championing diversity, skills and the environment” and to contribute to society in a holistic way, we are proud to be recognised as one of Belfast City Council’s Belfast Business Promise Supporters. The Belfast Business Promise is a new accreditation which recognises employers who are working together to make Belfast a better city by changing and improving the way they do business together.

    The Belfast Business Promise represents best practice standards in providing good jobs, prompt payment, recruitment and supporting the local and social economy, and environmental sustainability.

  • Great Place to Work

    MCS Group were certified as a 'Great Place to Work' by Great Place To Work UK, a global authority on workplace culture and employee experience in 2023.

    Great Place To Work® gives leaders and organisations the recognition and tools to create a consistently and overwhelmingly positive employee experience.

    Great Place To Work® helps companies attract and retain top talent, improve productivity, enhance reputation, and gain valuable insights into their workplace culture.

    This accreditation, alongside our recent Diversity Mark Bronze accreditation, solidifies our commitment to an exceptional workplace culture.



    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.


    Adam is one of Northern Ireland’s leading public sector recruiters, partnering with a vast range of clients across Northern Ireland covering Local Government, Central Government and Health & Social Care Trusts helping to source the best talent in the market. 

    Adam is a highly experienced Recruitment Professional, with over 5 years specialist recruitment experience.  Specialising in public sector recruitment, Adam has a proven track record of placing talent from entry level to Director level. Adam has a never-ending, genuine passion to source the best talent for the public sector and ensuring organisations continue to thrive.


    Meghan is a Specialist Recruitment Consultant at MCS Group within the accountancy and finance team focusing on temporary and contract roles within the Public and Charity Sector. In her spare time Meghan enjoys seeing friends, swimming and going to the gym.


    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.


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