1st Choice Jobs is unique in that we are a family business and specialist IT Recruiter. We started in 1988, founded by our current Managing Director Bob Constant-Taylor. We are the longest serving and most trusted provider of IT Related recruitment in Kent and the South East and occasionally a bit further afield.
As you can imagine the world of IT Recruitment has changed dramatically over 32 years and we have been quick to adapt to this ever changing landscape. We focus our time and attention on IT, as the requirements often needed for our roles covering areas such as Big Data, Software Development and Network Security are quite complex and not something that can be gleaned from a quick scan of a job spec. Our success hinges on our understanding of the requirements of both candidate and client; and not just for skills but also other important things such as cultural fit and long term career progression. We believe that It is much easier to hire and to be placed if the Recruiter speaks the same language as you.
We have been successfully recruiting for over 32 years as a company. As a team, we have over 70 years combined experience. Now that is something very unique. Our own staff turnover is very low, basically we all enjoy working here with each other, and also with our extremely loyal client and candidate base. The majority of our roles are repeat business, from clients with core values that very much align with our own. We also have a huge database of applicants gained over the years, many of whom will come back exclusively to us, as we understand their requirements and they trust us to find them a role that is an excellent fit.
Our Core Values
- LOYALTY – To each other, to our Clients and to our Candidates
- INTEGRITY – We know what is the right thing to do an we do it!
- QUALITY – What we do, we do well
- INNOVATION – Constantly looking for new ways to do things better
- NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE – We don’t just pick the easy roles
We provide top IT Talent for our wide range of long standing clients. We take a pride in our work where we look to make a good match and further strengthen our long term relationships with Client and Candidate. We believe that our success is testament to the hard work and commitment given by our fantastic team; who have worked extremely hard to build a successful business. Let us know if we can assist you with your recruitment or indeed maybe we could help you find your next role!
Flt Lt Robert L Constant-Taylor BSc (Hons) RAF Ret’d
Sarah J Constant-Taylor BSc (Hons) RGN Dip of Nursing
Meet the team
Bob is the MD – He started the company 32 years ago. Originally Bob was an Officer in the Royal Airforce, upon leaving he decided that he wanted a complete change of career and thought that IT Recruitment was an exciting and emerging industry that he would love to be involved in. – So 1st Choice Jobs was born!
Bob now has over 30 years’ experience in the IT recruitment industry, with many of his original clients still extremely loyal to 1st Choice.
In his spare time Bob enjoys going to the gym, walking his dog Lucy the Springer Spaniel. Also reading The Times and The Telegraph to keep abreast of current affairs.
Rachel is Bob’s daughter. She joined the company nearly 15 years ago. Prior to this Rachel sold ERP software for nearly 10 years, and so has a good understanding of how software houses work from both sides.
Rachel has experience of working on large and small recruitment campaigns. Placing candidates from Junior to Director level, and enjoys the buzz of making a perfect match of client to candidate.
When not at work Rachel spends her time running around after her husband, 2 daughters, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 6 Chickens! When there is time she attempts to keep fit!!
New Business Executive
Jo has been with 1stChoice for just over 6 years joining us after a varied career covering Customer Services and New Business Development.
Jo is a machine on the phone! Always positive and happy she enjoys keeping in contact with our many existing clients and also discussing requirements and onboarding new clients.
Don’t accept a cup of tea from Jo! Her tea making skills leave room for much improvement! When not at work Jo loves reading, spending time with her children and cleaning her house! – Yes Jo really does love cleaning!
James is a Recruitment Consultant. He joined 1st Choice in 2008 after leaving University, completing a degree in Law and Criminology.
He has over 12 years IT Recruitment experience. He especially enjoys working on Development roles.
When not glued to a screen, he enjoys travelling; having been to destinations such as Iceland, Morocco and Croatia.
He also enjoys cycling and photography.
Sarah is a Resourcer and Administrator. She joined 1stChoice in 2009 after a career break to have her two boys.
Sarah has a Business degree, is a CIPD member and previously worked in Human Capital consulting – working with I.T. companies across the world. She also worked as a Test Analyst at a Big 4 accountancy firm and has run several local charities.
In her spare time she loves to cook, read and watch SciFi/Fantasy and beautify her garden. She is also a grammar and spelling fanatic so always has that red pen ready!
The office dog
“Woof Woof” Always poised and ready to bark to alert us to anybody coming into the office. Her Favourite pastime is chasing her tennis ball, she is highly skilled at this and feels it is important to practice her skills further several times a day!