We work with experienced consultants nationwide looking to take on rewarding contracts in public sector organisations.

Working in
partnership with you to develop your career

Our process

From the job search to placement and beyond, we consult with you to arm you with the knowledge you need to contract successfully with local authorities.

  1. What are you looking for?

    Our kick off call will be a deep dive into your experiences, strengths and personal circumstances, so we can find you a role that not only suits your skillset but your life. We’ll work with you to build on your CV and advise you on how best to present yourself at interviews for contract positions.

  2. Who can we connect you with?

    We’re so much more than the roles we advertise.

    Our network spans the country, and we’ll speak with our contacts about you and what you can offer to their team, connecting you with opportunities beyond which you would find on a job site.

  3. Getting you the best deal

    Once we’ve found you some options, your consultant will negotiate your working arrangements, pay, and advise you on the ins and outs of contracting.

  4. We're in it for the long term

    Our support doesn’t end once you’ve started your new position. We want to build a relationship with you for your career, not just your placement, and we’ll keep you abreast of industry happenings and other roles to keep you employed in a contract that continues to work for you, for years to come.

Industries

Property

Our Property & Surveying Consultants recruit roles such as:

  • Estates and Asset Surveyors
  • Property Managers and Strategic Asset Managers
  • Head of Property and Asset Management
  • Executive and Corporate Asset Management

To step into any of the above positions, you should be Chartered with RICS. Roles are available in both the public and private sectors; the private sector has a focus on commercial and investment assets and Local Authorities usually own a mixed-bag of assets; typically commercial, operational, investment, leisure, retail, rural/agricultural.

We support Local Authorities nationwide at all levels and have assisted Property Consultancies.

Housing

Connecting Housing professionals with opportunities across:

  • Housing Advice & Homelessness
  • Housing Reviews
  • Temporary Accommodation
  • Housing Allocations
  • Rough Sleeping
  • Housing Strategy

All Local Authorities in the UK have a statutory obligation to provide services to those facing homelessness, advising their clients based on individual circumstances, as per national legislation.

We have a huge network of clients that we support by helping them drive key projects, quickly – whether that be clearing backlogs of cases, reducing temporary accommodation numbers, or heading up services.

 

Town Planning

Connecting Planners with opportunities in:

  • Development Management
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Planning Policy
  • S106 and CIL 
  • Conservation
  • Urban Design
  • Interim Management

To speak about how our team can help you find the contract or consultant for you, contact townplanning@park-avenue.co.uk

Environmental Health

Recruiting Environmental Health and Private Sector Housing professionals into roles in:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Food and Hygiene
  • Public Health
  • Private Sector Housing
  • Licensing

Environmental Health professionals are at the forefront of public health, as every aspect of Environmental Health is designed to improve the public's health and wellbeing. Working with Local Authorities across the country looking for experienced Officers to conduct important inspections, keeping our communities safe. A member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or hold an Environmental Health degree is desired in the roles we recruit for.

Development and Regeneration

We work with:

  • Surveyors
  • Project Managers
  • Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Strategic Leads and Consultants
  • Senior Management
  • Executive and Corporate Management

Local authorities are at the forefront of development and regeneration, delivering projects which support a thriving local economy or address other priority needs of the locality such as enterprise projects and decarbonisation. We have a large network of Local Authorities across the country who we support at all levels, whether that be Project Consultants or all the way up to Corporate Directors running multi-million pound projects. The projects themselves can range from small residential developments in the Local Community to large town centre regeneration programmes.

Candidate testimonials

I find Sydney very helpful, I'm always kept informed of the next step in terms of interviews being booked or any updates on further roles. I found her pleasant to work with, she always returned my calls, I would want her as my consultant for future roles.

Housing Options Officer, London

Billy was proactive, engaging and very professional. Billy was able to give me as much information regarding the roles in order for me to make the best decision. I would definitely recommend Billy and Park Avenue Recruitment.

Planning Officer, Essex

Amir was very helpful and supportive through the process from first approach to the final good news that I had secured the role. I would certainly recommend him to my contacts and colleagues looking for a new opportunity.

Head of Development, Cumbria

Amir is proving to be diligent and empathetic to my position. He keeps me updated on opportunities and progress.

Interim Development Consultant, Hampshire

Shivani provided a first class service from start to finish. Excellent! Thank you very much!

Operations Manager, Homelessness Prevention, London

Alicia is an inspirational and reassuring agent, a delight to work with.

Interim Principal Estates Surveyor, London

Shannon was as lovely as I remember her and very professional helpful and honest. She worked quickly and arranged an interview within a couple of hours from putting my CV forward. She has a friendly attitude and is not pushy.

Planning Enforcement Officer, Warwickshire

Sydney is a professional and conscientious recruitment consultant and has been thorough in her search for temporary housing positions and with explaining the process and providing information regarding temporary posts and what this entails. Sydney has been in regular contact via email and phone and has been second to none. Sydney has put me forward for several interviews and provided feedback immediately after. I feel supported and informed and she is an asset to the company.

Housing Options Officer, Warwickshire

I was pleased working with Sydney, she understood the scope of the roles I was interested in and directed me to an appropriate placement, making sure all my currents needs were considered. I would thoroughly recommend Sydney to a Housing Options Officer, seeking a new role.

Housing Options Officer, London

Amir has been incredibly diligent and very active in helping me find a role. From the interview arrangements to starting in the role Amir has ensured all information has been shared, has been in regular contact and followed up at the end of my first day. He really is a supportive and effective recruiter and I value his support.

Development Consultant, Nottinghamshire

Alicia articulated the job very succinctly. She was very friendly which put me at ease straight away and explained the next stages of the interview process.

Investment Asset Manager, Surrey

It's rare for consultants to be so attentive and detailed in their approach with candidates. I'm pleased to have struck up a really good working relationship with Alicia. I have recommended her to colleagues & friends and will continue to do so. An asset to Park Avenue.

Interim Strategic Asset Manager, East Sussex

Alicia is a first rate recruiter, she has taken the time to understand me and my experience. She is brilliant in advising me on what opportunities will suit me best. Anyone who works with Alicia will be lucky to have an experienced advocate on their team. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Interim Estates Surveyor, Bedfordshire

Alicia was extremely attentive and helpful throughout the entre process, and kept me fully informed at every step. I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone seeking an interim position in the surveying industry.

Interim Valuations Surveyor, Cambridgeshire

I find Alicia to be very proactive, helpful and very professional. I have no doubts that Alicia works hard on my behalf and has my interests to the fore in all dealings with potential employers.

Interim Head of Property, Nottinghamshire

Alicia treats you as not just a client but a friend and looks out for you all the time. It's a pleasure working with Alicia.

Interim Strategic Property Surveyor, Essex

Amir knows his sector, his candidates skillsets and clients needs. He is always professional, polite and candid which is to be appreciated in this market. I would thoroughly recommend Amir and Park Avenue to any potential client.

Interim Head of Regeneration, Essex

Ben is brilliant, he understands the market and how a contractor will fit into an organisation. He is methodical, compassionate and honest.

Capital and Asset Planning Consultant, Hertfordshire

Ben was absolutely incredible to work with. His mannerisms make you feel immediately at ease and like you've known each other forever. He sourced me a fantastic role within one day of our initial conversation and was incredibly supportive throughout the process. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking to hire or anyone looking for their next role. Thanks so much Ben, you're the man!

Property Data Officer, London

Having worked in the interim consultancy sector for a number of years, I have consistently found Park Avenue to be the 'cream of the crop' of recruiters. Their professionalism, efficiency and ability to source high quality contracts are outstanding. I am consistently put forward for the best roles in the industry - highly recommended.

Estates Surveyor, Nottinghamshire

Ben at Park Avenue has always delivered over and above the usual service. As a candidate I have been kept well informed, updated regularly and what is rare is that the guys actually keep in touch throughout your work contract to ensure things are going well. They've been an enormous help with understanding how the umbrella company works too.

Senior Estates Surveyor, Berkshire

Billy made sure I was always kept in the loop regarding progress with the role and has been really helpful in getting set up in my first contracting role. He has been available whenever I have had queries and has made the whole process very straightforward.

Senior Planning Officer, Essex

Emma has been extremely supportive in my venture into contract work as well as being very proactive in searching for appropriate roles and keeping me updated on progress. Upon securing a role Emma provided me with and guided me through all the required processes and information required. I am extremely grateful to Emma for all her support.

Interim Estates Surveyor, Merseyside

Emma is a very informed person and great to speak with regarding potential roles. Stays in contact regularly and articulates the roles available very clearly, as well as fully understanding what I am looking for.

Interim Head of Corporate Property Services, Lancashire

Emma really does go the extra mile and is always a pleasure to speak to. She is always bubbly and helpful and knows what her clients are after. She has great communication skills and always does what she says she is going to do.

Interim Estates Manager, Staffordshire

Excellent candidate care as per normal for Park Avenue.

Development Manager (Planning), Surrey

Liam is always helpful in relation to the questions I have in relation to the role(s) I am going for. Liam is courteous and responds quickly to emails and phone calls. Liam comes across as the consummate professional and I really cannot fault him!

Planning Enforcement Officer, London

Liam has been my Recruitment Consultant for the past year and I have been extremely pleased with the personable approach, attention to the smallest detail and high standard of service. He is very professional, and trustworthy. Liam responds quickly to queries, provides clear feedback and understands the role and person spec very well. I would highly recommend Liam to other Planning Professionals and have (with his agreement), passed his details on to some Contractor colleagues.

Senior Planning Officer, Surrey

Been brilliant working with Shannon, she is always so upbeat and relaxed in her approach - a people person and very efficient too. Really makes the effort to get to know you and build a working relationship. Highly rate her as a recruitment consultant.

Senior Conservation Officer, Wiltshire

Great to work with. Straight forward and trustworthy. Really easy to do business with.

Planning Enforcement Team Leader, Wiltshire

Shannon is always very friendly. She communicates very well in an open and honest manner. Quite a rarity amongst recruitment agencies!

Planning Officer, Devon

Shannon O'Sullivan has been a delight to work with and has been really great in sorting out any issues that have arisen during the contract job. Miss Shannon is one of the best agents I have worked with, especially over the 19 year period I have been a Planning Contractor.

Planning Officer, Devon

I feel that Shannon understands what I am looking for and keeps me informed, is always pleasant and makes me feel that I am not just a faceless person as many other recruiters do. I would highly recommend her.

Principal Planning Officer, Cornwall

Shannon has been an amazing recruiter, she has sorted everything out for me so efficiently to ensure that I have had a very smooth start to contracting, and is so friendly and great to chat to! Thank you so much to Shannon and the team :)

Planning Officer, Wiltshire

Shannon was always available to field questions and queries regarding my interview, first day etc and continues to offer and provide support when required. Easy going, yet professional, she and Park Avenue generally, is where I point prospective contractors.

Senior Planner, Wiltshire

Shivani is brilliant and provides a personalised touch when recruiting for roles. She always returns my call and actions any request I have. Shivani is one of the best recruiters in the industry and very well equipped.

Housing Supply Team Leader, London

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents do I need to send you before I start?

For every contractor we work with, there is a standard list of compliance that we must collect:

 

  • Valid passport (or birth certificate, permanent residence card, biometric immigration document, etc.)
  • Proof of address (must be dated within the last 3 months of sending)
  • Proof of National Insurance number (e.g. NI card, HMRC letter, P45/P60)
  • 3 years of references (must be at least 2 references that include the most recent employer)

 

All of this is collected and securely stored on Rocket Recruitment when we begin working with you. We must ensure our contractors are eligible to work in the UK and have the correct and up-to-date documentation before the placement stage.

 

Depending on the council, some placements may require additional forms, more documents or more references. In this case, our Compliance team, Daisy and Olivia, will be in contact to collect what is needed. They can be reached at compliance@park-avenue.co.uk and are happy to answer any further queries you may have.

How do I submit my timesheet?

You will need to submit your timesheet on a weekly basis. 

Once you submit your timesheet, your manager will receive a notification to approve your hours. If your hours are approved by 12 noon on the Tuesday, you will be paid that Friday. If your hours are approved after this deadline, you will be paid the following Friday.

The link to our timesheet portal is: https://parkavenue.evertime.co.uk/

You will receive your login details once your contract is confirmed, and you have provided us with all necessary compliance documents.

Some clients use external portals and require you to submit your timesheets on these rather than our own portal, your consultant will let you know if this is the case.

What is an umbrella company, and which do I use?

Umbrella companies are payroll companies, who will be responsible for paying you PAYE for the duration of your contract and deducting relevant taxes.

We work with a number of suppliers and can recommend companies who we have worked with regularly and are compliant. It is not a necessity to work with an umbrella company we recommend, however we will do our own due diligence on the umbrella company you do choose to ensure that your money will be safe and they will make all of the necessary deductions.

Your consultant may ask to audit one of your first payslips for this reason. We have a responsibility to protect you and ourselves from fraudulent activity.

Can I be paid through my own LTD company?

In order to legally pay you through your own LTD company, we must have confirmation from the client that they have assessed the role and deemed it to be outside IR35 in line with government guidelines. 

For more information, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-off-payroll-working-ir35

I have never worked as a contractor before, what do I need to know?

We'll be able to guide you through the main things you need to know during your introductory call with us. It's handy for you to have reviewed your CV and sent this to us, so we can talk through your experience to date and advise you on roles we think are best suited to your experience and discuss timeframes of your availability and your notice period.

When you work on a contract basis, you will be paid weekly, on an hourly or daily rate. The rate we quote to you unless specified otherwise is your LTD rate; this means your gross pay before taxes are deducted. You will also need to account for costs such as income tax, National Insurance, and employer's national insurance. We can talk you through how this works and put you in touch with payroll companies who can provide an illustration.