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Cobalt Cares 

As a built environment recruitment specialist operating across multiple geographies and specialisms, we’ve earned our reputation as the trusted recruitment partner of choice by authentically representing the best and brightest professionals, placing high-quality specialists, managers and board-level executives in permanent and interim positions across the entire life-cycle of the built environment and beyond.

Across the globe, our core values remain the same. This means that we treat our clients, candidates, colleagues and community the way we want to be treated ourselves.

This culture of caring fosters a passion and commitment which means we take responsibility for delivering results and making a positive difference to the world around us.

‘Cobalt Cares’ is our global commitment to make a positive difference to the world around us. We are active members of industry bodies, like APSCo and SIA, and regularly support charities, like Building Heroes, Mind and Centrepoint, to name just a few.

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Our Commitment to Equal Opportunities and Diversity

As a global organisation, at Cobalt recruitment, we understand how important it is to recognise the life experiences, different backgrounds and cultures among our workforce and within the communities we work for.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are essential elements of our corporate culture. We strive to create a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and with respect, have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Recruiting and retaining good employees is critical to the success and survival of every organisation and we value and recognise the diversity of our candidates and employees and initiate to challenge all forms of discrimination whether it is based on age, gender, gender reassignment, disability, pregnancy and maternity, marriage or civil partnership race, religion or believe, sex or sexual orientation.

We work hard to attract a diverse pool of applicants, assist people to find career opportunities where they can thrive, and support our employees to build long-term careers. Our goal is to be the preferred choice of candidates, clients, employees and suppliers.

Embracing equality, diversity and inclusion also helps us better serve the needs of the job seekers and hiring managers we work with each day. We anonymously monitor the gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and disability of applicants across all roles and levels that we recruit for. These statistics can be provided to clients on request in order to help them achieve their own organisational aims.

Age Discrimination

Following the implementation of the Age Discrimination Law in October 2006, Cobalt has ensured that all current and new consultants are made aware of its implications through training and monitoring of their work. This has included changes to the registration process, a fully compliant database and ensuring that our advertising does not contravene the legislation.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity Resources

The following link provides a variety of sources of information and advice on the subject of equal opportunities & diversity in the workplace. Cobalt Consulting accepts no responsibility for the content of external sites.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a non-departmental public body in Great Britain that was established in 2007 with the aim to challenge discrimination and to protect and promote human rights.

Modern Slavery Act 2015

As part of our Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedure, Cobalt strives to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to the business.

Cobalt recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities and to ensure that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. View the full document.


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Whilst this may be perceived as a minor contribution to our local community, we are aware of our corporate expansion plans for the future and what the impact will be on our immediate environment. We are strong believers that for a company the size of Cobalt, it is the minor contributions to our environment that make a difference in the long term. Examples of our contribution to our local community are:

  • It is Cobalt’s policy to return all printer cartridges to the manufacturer for recycling.
  • We outsource some of our recycling to Paper Round who collect our paper waste.
  • Cobalt has installed a water purifier system so to reduce the purchase of plastic water bottles which are a major landfill issue.
  • We donate all functioning IT hardware (which is obsolete for our business purposes) to local schools.
  • Installation of showers in our central London office to encourage cycling and running to and from work.

Well Being and Health and Safety

Cobalt is a strong advocate of a healthy work/life balance and accepts its responsibility in ensuring that individuals achieve this. We do this through:

  • Discouraging any additional hours being worked, whether it be before or after the core working day or at weekends, which is communicated at the outset of their careers here and continually reinforced throughout the business.
  • Encouraging employees to run, walk or cycle to work where possible so that individuals can, in turn, reduce environmental damage by unnecessary use of taxis or private transport. To make this a viable and realistic option, we provide on-site showering facilities.
  • Encourage use of public transport over private vehicles/taxis through the offer of an annual railcard ticket loan scheme to assist with the cost of railcards.
  • Ensuring that full holiday entitlement is exercised each year, by not carrying forward annual leave.
  • Encouraging sporting activities, including football, netball, running, cycling and golf weekends.
  • Free flu vaccinations annually for all staff, administered by a qualified health professional at the office.
  • Flexible working and childcare vouchers are available to employees with family commitments.

We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously, with our health and safety policy being communicated to all new employees through the employee handbook. 

Supporting Charities and our Community

Cobalt Recruitment is committed to supporting our communities, the environment and the people who work for and represent our organisation. Due to the nature of our global business, we support a number of local charities across our business that our 200 employees fundraise for via a number of schemes and events. We also use our company birthday on October 1st to raise funds from all our offices.

In London, our local charity partner is Centrepoint, which strives to support homeless youngsters. As well as providing temporary shelter, they offer youngsters access to therapy and educational support to help them get their lives back on track. This year, our aim is to raise £2500 for this worthy cause. 

Cobalt is also proud partners of Building Heroes, a fantastic charity who provide building trades skills training to military veterans who have kept us safe, as well as supporting them into employment.

With over 20 years in professional recruitment for the built environment industry, we are aware of the challenges our clients in the UK construction industry are facing due to a 230,000 person skills shortage – the highest since 1998.

Cobalt Recruitment is working with Building Heroes to raise awareness of and create connections with their fantastic veterans and to support them with their mission to tackle unemployment amongst the 120,000 unemployed military veterans of working age in Britain today, by offering them a seamless transition to a new career in construction.

You can find out more about Building Heroes here.

We have also partnered with Future Frontiers who work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential at school and beyond. Members of the Cobalt Team coach pupils from a local school to explore and discover prospective careers and how they can get there, which is hugely beneficial to both the pupils and the Cobalt Team.


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  • An annual, thorough internal and external audit programme.
  • Awareness and training as appropriate in relevant changes to employment and emigration legislation which affect our markets.

Our quality policy is included in the staff handbook. We require all employees to read the policy and implement it in their practices.

The Managing Director is ultimately responsible for quality but all employees are encouraged to be responsible for the quality of the service within their direct responsibility. We also have a Quality Assurance Representative based in our London office.

Our policy is reviewed annually.



Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cording
  • Cuesko
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • The Crown Estate
  • DBK
  • Deutsche Annington
  • Footasylum
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Grainger
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grosvenor
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Newship
  • Optic
  • Peel Outlets
  • Savills
  • William Hill

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