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At the University of Southampton we recognise our people are the University’s greatest asset. The right recruitment and induction processes are therefore vital in ensuring that a new member of staff becomes effective in the shortest time. Our success as an organisation depends on having the right number of staff, with the right skills and abilities joining us at the right time.

Please see the links below to access information and guidance on the recruitment of permanent or fixed-term staff; casual workers through UniWorkforce; or agency workers through Carlisle Staffing.

For help with your recruitment queries please contact Ask HR.

To view/apply for current vacancies at the University, please see 

Use e-Recruite-Recruit access
Standard RecruitmentUniWorkforceAgency Workers

Recruitment and sourcing routes

For help deciding which is the most appropriate type of recruitment for your needs and an overview of the different routes please see the table below:

 Permanent or fixed term for 3 months +Short term, ad-hocTemporary, specific skill
Sourcing Route

Standard Recruitment:

Using e-Recruit

Supported by HR Recruitment


Using e-Recruit

Supported by HR UniWorkforce

Agency Worker:

Supported by Carlisle Staffing


Permanent and fixed term roles on a University employment contract (applicable to grade and career pathway)

Equivalent of 'establishment roles' required for over three months to deliver core University activities

Classified as a 'worker' on UniWorkforce terms of engagement

One-off engagements for a short duration (less than 12 weeks)

Specific skills required on an immediate temporary basis, difficult to source via standard recruitment

Usually employed by the Agency, though individuals can be engaged via their PSC following IR35 assessment.

Typical Examples Academic and Professional Services staff Short-term administrative work, absence cover, exam invigilating, demonstrating, open day support Caterers, copywriters, childcare professionals, IT professionals
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