Astute’s Nuclear division provides expert recruitment solutions to the nuclear industry.

With our company name based on a nuclear-class submarine, it’s no surprise that our Nuclear division is at the heart of the business. Our expert consultants recruit multiple skillsets across Nuclear Energy, Research and Development, Decommissioning and Waste Management and are proud to partner with some of the UK’s leading employers to supply top talent, supporting the UK’s nuclear strategy at a watershed time in the sector’s development. Our membership to the Nuclear Industry Association, demonstrates our support of the UK’s ambition to deliver more cleaner forms of energy.

Nuclear energy is key to the UK achieving its clean, low carbon energy goals, and helping to tackle the growing threat of global warming. Statistics from the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) show that 155,000 jobs are directly or indirectly supported by the industry. However, with a skilled but ageing workforce, there is a huge skills gap which needs to be bridged. With the development of a new generation of nuclear power plants, including small modular reactors (SMR), the number of jobs available within the industry is set to increase significantly.

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Quantity Surveyor- Nuclear

  • Leiston, Suffolk
  • £350 - £450 per day
Quantity Surveyor- Nuclear Leiston, Suffolk £350- £450 per day Initial 6-month contract (likely to be extended) Outside IR35 About the role:Astute's Nuclear team are currently working with a leading client in the indust...

Mechanical Design Engineer

  • Winchester, Hampshire
  • £36000 - £53000.00 per annum
Mechanical Design Engineer - NuclearWinchester£53,000 + benefits About the role: Astute's Nuclear team is partnering with a a global leader in nuclear safety systems to recruit a Mechanical Design Engineer for its Winc...

Design Manager

  • Somerset
  • Up to £75000 per annum
Design Manager - Nuclear Somerset Up to £75,000 Contract options available About the role:Astute's Nuclear team is partnering with a leading provider of Infrastructure Services and Construction company to recruit a Des...

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Frequently Asked Questions

As leading technical recruiters in the Nuclear sector, the team specialises in filling roles in the following areas:

Construction and design:

  • Front-end engineering
  • Project management (inc Site Managers, Package Managers)
  • Health and Safety
  • Commercial  
  • Commissioning


  • Process Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Chemists


  • Procurement
  • Tendering
  • Commercial Management 

Founded in 2006 by Terry Buckel, across Astute’s Nuclear team we have more than 30 years of recruitment experience.

We have 3 core areas we focus on Construction, Decommissioning and Defence, we recruit professionals with the following backgrounds

  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction

Engineering degrees, either process or electrical are beneficial qualifications to have and you are now able to get a degree in nuclear engineering.

You can view our latest nuclear job opportunities by visiting or by reaching out to any of the team for an informal discussion about our roles.

You will need security clearance to get on almost all nuclear sites, and if that site is of a defence nature than you will need developed vetting.

There are a few different streams here, with the new build site focusing on project management and development of nuclear sites.

With decommissioning there’s the opportunity to go down the chemist route and grow withing the business and support with the innovation of nuclear waste treatment.

Furthermore, for those with project management or engineering backgrounds there are plenty of opportunities to develop your careers in the sector due to its largescale growth trajectory. 

It depends on the hiring campaign we are running and the client’s needs. However, we will always begin with talent pooling, and looking at the transferable skills from other power sectors.

Unlike many recruitment agencies, we have sector specialists and teams of Talent Specialists who are dedicated to market mapping the nuclear sector.

Having been founded in 2006 we have developed long-term relationships with market leaders in the industry and nurtured a deep candidate pool and strong reputation in the market.

Yes – because of the nature of the work, transferable skills are in high demand which means that companies are often looking to take on graduates with an interest in engineering.

Absolutely – especially those involved in process engineering and at Astute we see a lot of candidates coming from naval backgrounds, specifically submarines. 

Nuclear is widely seen as a clean, safe and secure way of producing energy, however, that isn’t necessarily being cited at a G20 level as a way of mitigating climate change.

Ensuring nuclear power has global level support is crucial.

We undertake reference checking and will provide clients’ with copies of candidates’ qualifications upon application.

Yes – nuclear energy very established internationally so there are huge opportunities with countries continuing to build nuclear power plants.

This purely depends on the candidate and whether there are security clearance/developed vetting requirements.

It can take three weeks for front end staff and up to three months for a full security clearance. 

To view all of our current nuclear job opportunities, visit

For a conversation about how Astute’s nuclear team can provide you permanent or contract recruitment solutions, call the team today on or email