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Executive Recruitment
& Assessment

Executive Recruitment
& Assessment


From Chief Executives to Directors and aspiring leaders, Solace in Business has been helping public sector organisations to recruit the highest calibre of candidates for nearly 20 years.

We take pride in our values-led approach, the extensive experience of our professional recruiters, and our trusted networks, all of which give us an unrivaled insight into both the public and private sectors. Whatever the assignment, you can rely on us to consistently deliver high-quality recruitment outcomes.

Offering a market-leading combination of search, selection, and assessment, our unique approach adds value at every stage of the project. From the outset, our quality sets us apart. Clients often remark on our talent for building open, authentic and professional relationships. Our access to Solace Policy Leads and Boards enriches our sector intelligence, and our business partner programme facilitates access to the private sector, offering a broader insight into current challenges and thinking relating to local government.

We always meet candidates face-to-face because it’s about understanding candidates in terms of style, fit, and approach as much as it is about professional expertise. And we’ve long set the industry benchmark for assessment with professional, qualified assessors who have the expertise and experience to design tailored, robust evaluation exercises and produce useful, clear and concise reports.

We are a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which means that our systems and processes are audited annually to ensure best practice. We are also ISO 9001 accredited.

For more information on Executive Recruitment and Assessment, contact the team on 0207 976 3311 or email Steve Guest, Head of Executive Recruitment and Assessment at


Covid-19 Recruitment Update

Solace Recruitment COVID-19 Statement

COVID-19 has changed the way we all work, and the recruitment services that Solace delivers are no exception. Given the need to minimise physical interaction, we have shifted our recruitment and assessment services into the virtual realm.

As a national recruitment organisation, Solace have been delivering recruitment services for clients up and down the country for many years. Because we work with local authorities in some remote places, we had already been delivering some elements virtually pre-Covid-19. We have therefore been able to easily adapt our services for a Covid-secure, virtual world.

Recruitment can continue. Our approach is flexible and designed to adjust to individual client & candidate needs, at a time where local lockdowns could become a factor, this is critical in terms of forward planning. In the spirit of learning, we have been sharing our innovations and experiences with HR colleagues within the Local Government sector throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent Client Feedback

“The key change was as a result of the pandemic – the timetable completely changed, and delivery changed – we went from a ‘face to face’ process to completely online. Solace could not have been more flexible and accommodating – very understanding of the pressures we were facing. I would absolutely work with the team again. The service was exemplary, exceeded my expectations and the whole team were a real pleasure to work with.”

An Introduction to Solace Permanent Recruitment

To find out more about the Solace Team, our process and what you can expect from working with us, take a look on the button below.

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Client Testimonial

Tim Shields, Chief Executive, London Borough of Hackney

“I have used Solace to carry out a number of recruitment exercises for senior staff.  They have always delivered a broad range of candidates leading to excellent appointments. We will be using Solace to assist with our recruitment to a number of senior roles over the coming months as I have the confidence that they will be able to deliver a range of excellent candidates.”

Client Testimonial

Lesley Seary, Chief Executive, London Borough Islington

“Solace worked well with members to understand our needs and we had confidence in them to know where the good candidates are. We found Terry and her colleagues very professional throughout.”

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