At Samuel Knight International we pride ourselves on our personal and tailored approach which ensures we meet our clients needs and surpass their expectations. Our extensive international networks and collective expertise help us to provide our clients with an unrivalled service and quickly source exceptional talent.

Samuel Knight - An introduction by Steven Rawlingson

Choose Samuel Knight International

We understand that our clients need the very best talent to drive their businesses forward. We offer a full recruitment service across all aspects of the project lifecycle in the Energy and Rail sectors. Whether you require permanent, temporary or contract recruitment solutions we are flexible, agile and ready to meet your specific requirements.
Our industry specialists are experts in their chosen areas of recruitment and utilise their well-established global networks to rapidly identify the top talent in the industry. We know our clients have no time to waste, so we make sure we always have a deep pool of highly-skilled, committed candidates who are flexible and ready to be mobilized.
As the industry moves forward, so do we. Samuel Knight International’s specialist consultants work with their shoulders to the wheel to stay ahead of the latest industry and market trends in order to understand your exact needs and requirements. Our innovation is our strength, and we are continuously adopting the very latest technology in the recruitment industry and innovate where possible.
We offer a personal and tailored approach, aiming to match your needs and surpass your expectations. We have thrived on our ability to build strong, long-term working relationships with clients who value our expertise and trust in our ability to deliver on our promises.

Contractor Services


We can mobilise contractors globally by providing in-country payroll solutions, visas, work permits, taxation and immigration solutions and can work in any currency. We can offer different levels of employment: we can ensure contractors are employed directly in the country of work or set them up as self-employed. On request, and for a small handling fee, we can also manage all flights, ground transport, work, permits etc. for all contractors


We have in-country payroll providers offering different levels of employment based on client requirements


Facilitation of the correct visas, work permits, residence permits and in-country sponsors.


Manage the registration of all contractors with the appropriate authorities for tax, residence and healthcare.


Market-leading % returns for contractors and full management of their taxation to ensure minimal administration

Contractor Care & Localisation

We can meet contractors when they arrive in-country, arrange temporary accommodation for them, assist with setting up bank accounts and local travel.

Strategic Account Management

You will have a dedicated Account Manager to understand your business’ current and future requirements.


We can help to manage the risk of compliance for both Samuel Knight and all clients.

Security Clearance

We have a specialized understanding of circumstances of where clearance levels are required in both the UK and the US.

Services Provided

  • Permanent Recruitment
  • Interim or Contract Recruitment
  • Retained Search and Selection
  • Bespoke Skills Testing
  • Competency Based Interviewing
  • Industry and Market Trend Insight.

Client and Candidate Testimonials

  • "Samuel Knight International choose to only work with a small portfolio of clients so that they are able to rely on a large candidate portfolio from across the world whilst offering their clients a close professional relationship and the very best service. I am personally extremely impressed by their drive and professionalism."

    Keith Parker, former CEO of the Nuclear Industry Association

  • "Samuel Knight International are my go to recruiter when it comes to my project resources, a great team who always deliver 110%. What’s important to us is for our recruitment provider to understand what’s important to us as a business and across our projects. I can whole heartedly say Samuel Knight International never fail, they work in partnership with us, are adaptable and flexible to change and always manage to find the best candidates in the market."

    Head of Construction at a leading OEM

  • "Samuel Knight have been a constant level of support over the last few years, covering 80% of my engineering, operations and site based positions for the EMEA regions across CCPP and CHP projects. Samuel Knight Energy are excellent recruiters, having used their services for four years I can whole heartedly state that they fully understand the power generation and always manages to help me find candidates for my projects where others fail."

    Project Commissioning Director at a leading OEM

  • "The team at Samuel Knight International has provided my business with first-class recruitment solutions for over a year. They’ve been successful in supplying candidates for operational, engineering and senior management roles throughout the company and always deliver on hard to fill roles. They’re knowledgeable, professional and provide excellent support. They get results."

    Managing Director of an Engineering Electricity Distribution specialist organisation

  • "Samuel Knight International worked closely with our organisation after winning a competitive tender. As our project team quickly grew to require over 100 white collar staff, Samuel Knight International worked with our company to understand our needs and provided us with experienced and skilled candidates. This impressive stream of candidates meant that the ratio of interview to offer was very good and ultimately Samuel Knight International delivered on all their promises."

    Project Director

  • "Samuel Knight International have worked with us for a number of years to support the growth of our engineering team on Network Rail’s GWRM project - providing recruitment services for roles including CEM’s, CRE’s and Project Engineers. As our offering to the UK rail industry increases, I see Samuel Knight International’s contribution to our business growing in parallel. They have consistently provided high quality candidates who have met and exceeded the project requirements and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the years to come."

    Engineering Director


Finalist - Scale Up Business of the Year - Steven Rawlingson

Winner – Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year 2018 – Steven Rawlingson

Finalist – Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – Steven Rawlingson

Finalist - Young Business Person of the Year – Steven Rawlingson

The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year - Finalist 2018

The ELITE London Stock Exchange Group Scale-Up Award - Finalist 2018

The Global Recruiter UK Awards 2018: Best Temporary Consultant - Highly Commended

2017 Emerging Talent Winner – Steven Rawlingson

2017 Finalist for Best Small Business of the year award – Lloyds Bank

2017 Finalist for Best Recruitment Company of the year award

The Global Recruiter UK Awards 2018: Best Temporary Consultant - Highly Commended

2017 Emerging Talent Winner – Steven Rawlingson

2017 Finalist for Best Small Business of the year award – Lloyds Bank

2017 Finalist for Best Recruitment Company of the year award

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