About Us

SOS recruitment specialises in; Commercial, Industrial, Engineering and Care staff on a temporary, permanent and contract basis across all levels in the Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire area. The business model is such that no company is too small to assist and never too big – both local and national companies are supplied. 1000’s of candidates are placed permanently and temporarily across a number of business sectors year on year! Companies are loyal to SOS recruitment as they know the service they are provided with is reliable and honest.

Establishing an amazing business in the first place takes huge amounts of work, let alone growing it year on year! SOS recruitment was launched in 2000 by Julie C.Hughes, having previously enjoyed a successful recruitment career she then decided to take the ‘leap of faith’ and open her own business! Julie worked tirelessly to establish a healthy workforce and client base then, within a matter of months, it was evident Julie needed help! She recruited her initial team which over the years grew into an even larger team! As we all know we experienced a harsh recession at the tail end of 2008 and still, even through this harsh business climate, SOS recruitment remained strong and continued to maintain client relationships and ensured candidates were sought work.

SOS have shown that their ‘tried and tested’ methods to attract candidates and new business opportunities is the result of their continued success in the south-west marketplace. They continue to keep abreast of new technology and recruitment methods thus ensuring week on week, month on month, year on year, that thousands of candidates are successfully placed, whether they are seeking a high level management role or labouring position. Clients know they only need to make one phone call to SOS recruitment and all their staffing requirements will be met – what more ‘peace of mind’ as a client do you need?

SOS recruitment take both their corporate and social responsibilities seriously. They support two local charities helping both terminally ill children, www.juliashouse.co.uk and www.Smile4Jacob.co.uk raising funds to lengthen the life of Jacob, a young teenager with a rare brain disease. They also sponsor the Training Ground at AFC Bournemouth, our future is in our young people and helping them both educationally and physically is close to SOS Recruitment’s hearts.



PEOPLE, PASSION, PERSISTENCE would be just a few words to describe SOS recruitment and its dedicated teams.


To provide a consultative service to both our ‘clients and candidates’ built on trust, longevity and professionalism…….

Some Testimonials

“Want to say a massive thank you to the SOS staff for helping me get a new job and working into a new career. They’ve been brilliant with me and made me feel important and couldn’t be happier. Been to other recruitments and they were crap! But as soon as I walked into SOS it was a warm friendly environment. Helped me to prepare for my interview and got nothing but praise! All I can say is a huge thank you. Definitely recommend SOS to people looking for a new job.”



“I just want to say a massive thank you to Anna at SOS. I spoke to her on Tuesday, she arranged an interview for me for the Wednesday, helped me prepare for the interview and called me that evening to say I had the job. The help they give you at SOS is brilliant. Thank you so much.”



“They where really helpful at SOS, better than most agency’s and they actually contact you when they say they will. Thank you to Anna Elford for finding me a job within a week of contact.”




“Friendly and helpful team. Thank you Anna for all your help and keeping me up to date at every stage. I am really looking forward to my new role and meeting the team.”



“Very professional people and I would recommend everyone who’s searching for a job to contact them. Special thanks to Suzzane for all her help and professionalism. ”



“I recommend SOS Recruitment to anyone looking for work. They are so professional and kid people. They are always there to help. I was looking for work for quite a while and I went to the SOS. I was surprised how quickly they have managed to find a great position for me. Anna  – you’re legend!”





“I am really please that I went to SOS Recruitment to look for a position in Bournemouth.I will recommend your agency to anyone looking for work.”



Hi Anna,

I’ve sent out an email to all of the recruitment agencies who have contacted me for roles or tried to assist me in the past but I wanted to just run by a personal one for you because you’ve been – by a huge margin – absolutely fantastic. I’ve massively appreciated the time and dedication you put into helping me and it was incredibly refreshing to work with an agency/agent who didn’t just contact me once and then never speak again if I didn’t take up some kind of sales role.

As I explained to you in the office, I’ve had a really tough year so it was always really encouraging and nice for me to be aware that I could rely on you to help find the right role for me, after being ignored on so many other occasions.

If I ever need assistance again, I will happily approach you directly and I’ll most certainly put any of my friends in contact with you if they need help as well.



“I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank you for the outstanding assistance and wonderful personal encouragement you gave to me in securing my new role. Also i would like to add i think you are an credit to your industry and an asset to SOS Recruitment. It has been a fantastic experience at SOS and wish you all the very best.”



“I run a highly successful engineering business and rely on the services of a reliable recruitment company, in this case SOS recruitment Workforce Division – a talented team of individuals who can be relied upon to support my business needs.   Kate Davies, Divisional Manager and her team have provided me with a 1st Class, reliable service for over 5 years now, consistently providing key staff as requested in a timely and efficient manner.  My requirements are often last minute but I know I can make one phone call and be reassured that my position is filled – I would have no hesitation in recommending SOS recruitment Workforce Team!”

Workforce Division Client Testimonial

“I am a very experienced individual in my field of legal secretarial work,  having worked in this field for over 25 years.  Since moving from London for a quieter life in Dorset I decided that moving forward I wanted to undertake temporary legal assignments and get to know the local market of legal firms.  I was suitably impressed when I registered with SOS recruitment, their professionalism, sincere and experienced approach was very impressive.  I have now worked for them for over 5 years and they continue to keep me in assignments and ensure that they pay the best rates in town!  They have knowledge and experience and are a friendly and conscientious team who make you feel like a valued individual on their payroll, keeping in touch by phone and face to face!  In fact I was fortunate to be awarded the prestigious ‘Temp of the Month’ award with a lovely bouquet of flowers and array of goodies along with a signed certificate.  I was both embarrassed and delighted when they visited me in my current assignment to present this – they truly are a dedicated Temporary team.”



Temporary Commercial Division Candidate Testimonial

“Having registered with a number of local agenices I had becoming particularly despondent over the service I was receiving in my job search from these organisations.  However, I was refreshingly impressed when I met with Suzie on the Permanent Division at SOS recruitment.  Her professionalism, approach and thoroughness was very evident along with her genuine interest in my previous job history and what I ideally sought from my next role.   She was extremely knowledgeable about the current job market and within a matter of 24 hours she had set up 2 interviews for me.   I am now happily settled into my new role and have recommended the services of Suzie and SOS recruitment to many friends and family.  Well done -you have restored my faith in job agencies!  A consultative 1st Class Service for sure!”

Permanent Commercial Division Candidate Testimonial


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