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Recruitment in Exeter

South West Recruitment and Consulting Services

The most important part of your business really is your staff. As specialist recruitment consultants in Exeter, we help leading businesses across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset & Dorset find the right people - time after time. We can do the same for you.

Your team is everything...

Technical skills, experience and education - they are important in any job. But the right attitude is equally important too. We look beyond JDs and CVs and we get to know our candidates as well as we get to know your business. In fact, we love finding out what makes our clients tick. And we insist on meeting each of our candidates face to face, to see the person behind the profile. That way we can bring you candidates that don’t just fit your technical requirements, but your culture too.

Managed Recruitment Consulting Services

You’re busy. You don’t have time for the nuances of a recruitment campaign. We can manage the entire lifecycle of your project – end to end recruitment. We will liaise with you every step of the way to keep you in the loop.


Source Top Candidates for Permanent or Temporary Staff

Placing skilled candidates at great companies is what we have been doing since we started in 1988 - and in that time we have become the leading employment agency in Exeter, with an outstanding success rate of placing key talent across a diverse mix of sectors: engineering, manufacturing, IT, marketing, sales, accountancy, financial services, professional services and more.

Whether it’s designing a recruitment campaign for a niche opportunity, providing consultancy or separating the best from the rest through candidate testing and assessments, you can count on us with any type of talent acquisition or recruitment function. Full time staff, temp staff, interim, project managers or contractors: our extensive links across the South West enable us to find great talent for almost any type of vacancy. Leave it with us while you get on with what you’re best at.

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Posting a vacancy with us is easy! Our rates are competitive and we can work flexibly to accommodate your financial realities. If you have any questions we are happy to offer advice over the phone. Even better, let’s meet in person to discuss your requirements and strategic ambitions. Get in touch with our team of professional recruitment consultants to find out more.

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"I came across Cathedral Appointments when I saw a job advert online. I didn’t think much of it and submitted my CV, I received an email straight away from Sophia wanting to have a telephone call and getting to know me. She said I would be the perfect candidate and would liaise with the company. Sophia was so helpful keeping me up to date at every stage and even having a small chat with me before my telephone interview. She would follow up with me to see how it went and I felt in safe hands. I got the job and she still reached out to see how I was getting on. I really appreciated all her time and advice she gave. Thank you Sophia and Cathedral Appointments!"

Aicha K

Candidate - Legal

'Jo again thank you for your assistance in obtaining my new position, I have to say, again Cathedral Appointments has been outstanding in supporting my employment search. I still can't believe that within a week of contacting you, not only did you manage to secure me an interview, but provided enough information for me to research the company and its needs to make a fantastic impression at interview.
I will not hesitate to recommend Cathedral and yourself to any of my associates and friends in the future.'


Satisfied Candidate

"I cannot recommend Dani and the team at Cathedral Appointments highly enough. After an initial discussion, my CV was matched to several employers and an opportunity presented to me within a matter of days which has resulted in an offer of employment and me starting a fantastic new role. If you are looking for a recruitment agency who listen, know their stuff and are very well connected, look no further than Cathedral Appointments!"

Katie E

Candidate - HR

Recruitment articles

November insights and the economic outlook

November insights and the economic outlook

As we head into the final few weeks of 2023, we’ve certainly seen our fair share of changes in both the economic and recruitment market, especially this year! To help you better understand what changes to expect as we look to next year, here’s our recap of the top news from November and what it means for you.

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Navigating seasonal holidays as you diversify your team

Navigating seasonal holidays as you diversify your team

In recent years, many of us have been looking at our policies and hiring practices to consider how we can improve diversity within our team and foster a more inclusive work culture.

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Is it worth taking a temporary job?

Is it worth taking a temporary job?

If you are considering taking a temporary job but are unsure of if it’s the right fit for you, you are not alone! There are lots of reasons why people may choose temporary positions over taking a permanent placement with a business, and they do have some great benefits that could make them a perfect fit for you.

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Meet the team

Joanne Caine

Joanne Caine FIRP DipRP

Managing Director

Jo joined Cathedral Appointments over 25 years ago and now leads the business alongside Clodagh, who joined the company in 2021. Jo is a local employment expert and a former board member of Exeter’s leading business membership organisation, Exeter Chamber. She is also a Fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and has an Associated CIPD membership.
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Clodagh Murphy

Clodagh Murphy MBA; BSc Business & IT


Clodagh is a business leader, holding over two decades’ experience in the tech and IT sectors. Her career began in 1996 working in San Francisco for a Mutual Fund Company. Clodagh then moved back to her home city, Dublin where she spent four years in a variety of roles for eircom. In 2003, Clodagh relocated to the UK and has had a number of leadership roles in Tech & IT Services businesses, including KCOM Group PLC, where she progressed to Managing Director of Eclipse Internet and grew that business from £20m to £40m turnover.
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Jo Howell

Jo Howell BTEC BA & MGT

Recruitment Manager

Jo joined Cathedral Appointments in 2012 after over 20 years in recruitment spanning the whole of the UK - Aberdeen, Home Counties, Greater Manchester and the South West! She recruits for both Financial Services and Accountancy professionals and is known in the office for finding the needle in the haystack candidate where no one else can!
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