5 reviews
16:04 13 Mar 23
Highly recommended! Josh and Sarah have been fantastic at Astute. They've found and placed me in 2 jobs now between them, both really responsive and excellent at keeping you up to speed with things. Very knowledgable about the roles and happy to talk to companies with any queries you have.
C R.C R.
10:45 27 Jan 23
Great agency one of the best ones I've worked with! Liz has been a great help and support in helping me towards a new direction in my career life. She is very attentive and keeps me in the loop at all times! She makes the extra effort to work with my preferred requirements for work and even if it isn't completely attainable she meets me in the middle and does as much as she can to help! Also Liz is very funny might I add 😂 and I'm happy that I can now put a face to the name after all these years! Thank you again Liz for all your help and support! 😊
10:32 20 Dec 22
Josh and the Astute team was very swift to help me to find roles that matched my profile. They are really reliable and will help through every step of the recruitment process going out of their way to assist and follow up when needed. Could not find a better recruitment agency!
Helen PinegarHelen Pinegar
16:19 18 Dec 22
Fantastic recruitment agency.. Josh was extremely enthusiastic, encouraging and clearly knowledgeable about what was needed from both the employee and the employers point of view. Extremely supportive especially in regards to interview preparation and endeavoured to procure feedback promptly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Astute in the future to both candidates and recruiting businesses particularly for the right fit for the role!!!
Lisa LeighLisa Leigh
11:56 30 Nov 22
I have worked as a candidate for Astute and they have been excellent. Super friendly service and professional agents keen to fit the right person to the right job. It has been a pleasure dealing with them and I would happily work for them again in the future. Highly recommend this agency.
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A change in your career is always a critical decision to make. Especially within the world of recruitment. If you are a successful consultant, why would you want to move from your existing employer and team?


It could be that due to a change in circumstance you are looking for more of a work/ life balance, and an employer who knows that if you need to leave early you will make up the time on another occasion.


It may be that post-pandemic and lockdowns, your leadership team are placing unrealistic targets and pressures on you to harass your clients and candidates to ‘force’ a win, rather than allowing the natural flow of a recruitment process preferred by hiring managers and job applicants.


Perhaps you are feeling dissatisfied with the culture and team where you are working. The ‘fun’, ‘banter’ and ‘excitement’ of working in a passionate team seems to have gone missing?


Astute Recruitment Ltd was set up by two friends, and former colleagues, Sarah Stevenson and Mary Maguire, who happened to share a passionate belief that candidates and clients should be treated equally and fairly, but so should the recruitment consultants and teams representing those candidates and clients.


They wanted to demonstrate to a wider audience that there are professional recruitment specialists in the world of accountancy recruitment who value people and integrity more than just a ‘quick fee’. Their passion for recruitment saw Astute Recruitment Ltd progress from a small, unknown agency to become one of the top ‘go to’ financial recruitment specialists in the East Midlands. Unrivalled with over 15 business awards, and currently finalists in the East Midlands Chamber ‘Enterprising Women’s Awards’ Team of the Year category – they could have another award win under their belts in October!


Established nearly 12 years ago, Astute has enabled numerous consultants to train from entry level roles in the business and to go onto secure several promotions. None more so than Sarah-Louise Wykes. Sarah-Louise started at Astute following a successful career in accountancy and began her career at Astute as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant. In 4 short years she was promoted 3 times to become Associate Director. Earlier in 2021, Sarah and Mary were delighted to reward all Sarah-Louise’s hard work officially making Sarah-Louise a Director!


Your future career options at Astute are neatly displayed below in an infographic.





The pandemic has taught many of us that in life you cannot take anything for granted. It has changed the working lives and work/life balance between the office and home, perhaps forever. Never has there been a more exciting time for a recruitment company to really harness true partnerships within the business communities through trust and integrity. Those are the values that set Astute above and beyond more national, impersonal agencies. They take the time to provide the ‘human touch’.


Through established recruitment relationships spanning two decades – Astute Recruitment’s owners have been able to maintain these friendships and increase their market share considerably in the last 2 years.


Now, as businesses have learned to navigate remote and agile working practices, Astute are in a position to grow their teams further and expand at what is a really exciting moment for the company.


Sarah had this to say, “Mary and I are really excited to resume our plans for growth after having to put our strategy on hold during 2020. We are looking for like-minded recruitment professionals  or for trainees who are keen to get involved, learn and develop in the recruitment sector. Maybe like Sarah-Louise they can also aspire to promotions and future growth too!”



So if you value working as part of a collaborative, winning team who want to have fun but also work hard – why not contact Sarah Stevenson or Mary Maguire and they will be delighted to have  confidential meeting or conversation with you.



Do you know the time on your career clock? Astute Recruitment Ltd's latest thought provoking career article57,600. A special number. Why?

Not my salary 🤣

Not how many fans will be at the next game at Wembley ⚽🤞


Give or take, 57,600 is the number of hours I’ve spent at work in my career spanning 30 years.

That’s more than I’ve roughly spent with my family, friends and partners in all that time.

(happily married last 17 years👫).


I bet I’m not alone.

You can calculate your own career clock with some simple sums for fun.

But my serious point is, how much of my career clock is left? How much longer do I have to achieve my professional goals?

That’s not such a large number for me. (I love my job, but I don’t plan on working at 70 🧓). I am mindful that I only have a finite time left to achieve remaining professional goals.

If you do your sums, you can calculate how much of your very own career clock you have left.

The answer may surprise, appall or enthrall.

The difference between your ‘time served’ and ideal working career left tells you, in a nutshell, how long you have left to achieve your ambitions.


A time line. 


Most people don’t think about this, wrapped up in layers of today’s problems. But if you are thinking of changing job/ applying for that promotion/ studying for your CIMA/ACCA/ACA/ AAT or other professional exam, you absolutely should know what the time is on your personal career clock.


Everything you work for, the job you do now to the people you work for, the exams and qualifications you select to acquire, should be helping you to achieve your ultimate career goal.


Knowing your ‘why am I doing this’ will make sure you are doing the right job for the right reasons, at the right time for you.


It could be to secure a job with better work /life balance now, while the kids are small but with a business that can give you promotions and growth in the future?


It could be you are an aspiring FD and need a role offering more man management / controls / commercial or other experience to fill that skill gap on your cv.


“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare.


As the Bard says, ’tis better to spend time waiting for the opportunity to take an action than miss the chance. But you need to recognise what those chances are, at the right time for you, seize them, and make those decisions to keep your life and career on track and on time.


The quote references Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, a character who suspects his wife’s infidelity, but it could be applied to any situation when you need to take a chance to change things and not miss the opportunity.


So, what’s the time left on your career clock?


It might just be the most important question for you and your professional aspirations!


If you would like confidential career advice you can contact Mary Maguire or our call our experienced team at Astute Recruitment Ltd on 01332 346 100.


An article by Mary Maguire, Managing Director
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