Setsquare Recruitment
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Had real difficulties dealing with this agency

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When working with this agency, I had emails and calls ignored, changes in payroll company and was told last minute with no guidance. Would not recommend to anyone going into agency work
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Staff are liars

Been contacted several times by this agency and they promise the world only to then move the goalposts and try to blag their way through. Spend more time bragging about how much work they have coming up than they do looking after their workers.Avoid at all costs.
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Always on your feet moving, I personally enjoyed working as a site labourer, site managers were never rude to me personally really enjoyed working for setsquare
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Hard days work decent days pay

Decent rates of pay for me while labouring. Can’t complain! Management were easy to deal with over the phone submitting timesheets etc. my employer I work for we’re a good team.


Easy access


Site locations changing
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Dismal company to work for. Avoid at all costs.

My accountants wanted me to pay VAT and subsequently corporation Tax. Setsquare disagreed and I paid 30% income tax, straight 30% no personal allowances and VAT simultaneously. Also had to pay quartely National Insurance, and unbelievably small amounts of additional income tax. An elaborate scheme whereby I was paid into an internet account which I had to pay into my own account as well as pay quarterly VAT and sometimes National Insurance and VAT. For that aggravation I would expect to be better off. Setsquare with their idiotic deduction of 30% ensured that work was not viable. Despite paying off my mortgage the previous year to this scheme being introduced I had to sell my house and leave the industry. Presumably because they didn't like someone like me earning some serious money for a change.Obviously no help at all.
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As a direct employee of this company I think they are absolutely BRILLIANT!

I am a direct employee of this company and I can honestly say it is the BEST place I have ever worked and would recommend it to anyone!!! I couldn’t ask for anything better from a job and the people there are absolutely amazing!


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Fun work place

I love to work for them, good hour rate, good salary, it's an excellent company, staff friendly and helpful. Long term jobs in site's construction, mostly for Engie.
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Worst agency I have ever had to deal with.

To begin with rates were uncompetitive considering highly skilled high quality candidates with perfect safety record that were required by the high profile client on what was already a very media sensitive project.Setsquare not only provided the skilled personal to deliver the project but the management too. No background checks were done, so they had members of the team in charge on site who were clearly out of their depth, performing incompetently to the detriment of safety of ourselves and others. I understand it wasn’t setsquare direct fault of the health and safety violations happening on site but they do have some responsibility firstly to only put forward candidates who have been checked out and proven to be competent. Sure sometimes the wrong people slip through the net who shouldn’t do, but then action should be taken to remove and replace the problematic candidates once the issue has been identified. Risks were being taken and control measures compromised contributing to an incredible high stress high pressure situation. The whole project was getting out of hand and escalating towards a potential serious incident. No ones job is worth taking life threatening risks. Ended up walking away from job, not worth putting self in danger or doing prison time for man slaughter if something were to happen, and everyday it felt like it could at any moment. In my opinion they were a significant part of the problem I suspect because they overlooked background checks and criminal records so that they could keep some in a position who was attractively cheap. And like usual, - 




Dishonest and deceitful. Can’t trust what they say.
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Poor management

Poor management with no proven site experience they personally have , hence the poor pay rates they advertise stay well away from theses cowboys better agencies are around with qualified personnel in the construction field giving better rates of pay.


Inexperienced agency


Full of false promises about jobs
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They are liars

Told me I was on 1270 an hour self employed as a skilled labourer. Then next day rang back and said job role had changed to being a cleaner on-site for the same money. Next day rang back said client doesn't accept self employed and that I can work for setsquare buts it's now 11.20 an hour with holidays included!! Hhhh Soreally




Con artists
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They don't care about their agency workers, don't pay on time, liars, when you phone them it is like a bunch of kids in the background, very unprofessional. My advise stay well clear of Setsquare recruitment altogether. I wish they just fold and disappear, never to trade again.
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Worked for a company via set square agency. Rolled up holiday pay in your hourly rate

If you take on agency work with Set square be sure to ask if your holiday pay is included in your hourly rate a practice common with employment agencies even though a ruling at the ECJ found the practice to be unlawful in 2006. I was not informed that my holiday pay would be included in my hourly rate, I later found out that I was on minimum wage with an extra £1 per hour for holiday pay. Other than this office staff were helpful and quick to respond.


Got some work


Inflated hourly rate due to rolled up holiday pay.
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Absolutely awful

I worked for this Agency for roughly a month and was never paid on time. Always dramas with my wages being wrong/late and me chasing them and then the excuses. I guess it depends who you deal with and what are you work in but my experience was a very bad one. I can only strongly advise to avoid the South East / London region advisers as thats who i dealt with. Not a place to work if you need to rely being paid on time at all.
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productive and fun

dealing with Setsquare agent was always good experience help and support and guides at all time when i need them happy to work with Setsquare again
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Ok company to work for, managed to get some decent experience here and learn to always cover yourself as you tend to be used as a scape goat but managers
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I have god time with Simon construction

Setsquare Recruitment a good agency they keep me in work for eight month the management at Simon construction were professionals I can be recommend by them.
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Based on 16 reviews

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2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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