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About Us

Astute is the UK’s expert technical recruiter in the Power, Nuclear, Renewables, Waste and Water sectors. Specialising in the provision of professional technical staff across the UK into a range of businesses from small, start-up organisations to some of the country’s largest companies, this dynamic agency supports the full project life cycle of technical assets.

Managing Director Terry Buckel founded Astute in 2006. As an ex-power generation engineer, he wanted to build a technical recruitment business that separated itself from its competitors by offering a superior level of technical qualification and industry knowledge allowing them to more accurately match the right candidates to the right opportunities.

Over the course of a decade Astute has grown to 40+ employees operating across five divisions, providing permanent and contract recruitment services. During this time they have gained a reputation for working closely with companies who have trusted them to provide entire teams to construct, commission, operate and maintain new assets such as power stations and waste management facilities.

Astute has distinct attributes that set it apart from other consultancies:

  • A company that takes pride in offering an unrivalled knowledge of their industries. The ability to technically qualify candidates and opportunities, giving candidates and clients alike access to the best opportunities and ensuring a high level of accuracy.

  • They invest back into the company to make sure their people are all well trained with access to the best systems, ensuring a consistent level of service throughout the business and indirect access to the best resources.

  • An efficient agency that responds quickly and effectively to urgent requirements.

  • A consultative approach, offering impartial advice to ensure success. 

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This is the guiding principle that underpins why many consider us to be the technical recruiter of choice. Our knowledge of our industries, clients and candidates gives us the power to deliver the high quality service our customers have come to expect. ​

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Established in 2006 by a qualified Power Generation Engineer, technical understanding is at the heart of our business. We are proud to have built a reputation that reflects the passion we have for delivering the very best services.

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To find out more about how we can help you to find the people you need or your next position speak to one of our expert consultants by calling +44 (0)2392 221 600 or email

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