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About Brightwater

Mission Statement

“We will consistently and conscientiously strive to make our customers the focus of our attention, to understand their needs, to meet their expectations and to provide them with full value through professional, personal service”. David Bloch, MD.

Our Philosophy

As a company we have set out core principles that help ensure our continued success. We believe in working together to achieve our goals. Company Philosophy - Northern Ireland

Our History

Founded in 1998 under the tag line "The Best in Ireland", Brightwater Selection (Ireland) Limited set up with an absolute commitment to excellence. A Recruitment Consultancy, not an agency.

Started in a small office in O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 in 2000, the company moved into two floors of a Georgian building on Merrion Square. Over the next 6 years, Brightwater took over the rest of the building, establishing without doubt, one of the biggest and most respected recruitment brands in the country. 

Originally specialising in accountancy, Brightwater responded to our clients' needs by extending our professional service offering to eventually cover 14 disciplines. In 2005, Brightwater then set up an Office division with exactly the same philosophy as our other brands...the best in Ireland. In 2001, we established a boutique office in Belfast to cover the fledgling professional services market in Northern Ireland. In 2005, the company set up an office in Cork to service the Munster and Connacht regions and in 2012, we established an Executive arm.

From 1998 to 2009, the company grew remarkably, winning multiple awards for Customer Service and as one of the best companies to work for in Ireland and in Europe. Always profitable, the company grew to sales of over €18 million. While the recession in 2009 certainly represented a significant challenge for Brightwater and the recruitment industry as a whole, we remained uniquely placed to confirm ourselves as a brand leader. We appeared regularly on television and radio discussing employment issues and had a weekly slot on TV3's Ireland AM for the morning Jobs Club. We were also involved in the final interview panel of the popular TV programme "The Apprentice" from 2009 to 2011.

Having such a respected brand is a unique asset. The company has been profitable every year bar 2009 and is in an outstanding position to continue its growth nationally and internationally. Quite a lot has changed in the last two decades at the Brightwater Group and we continue to grow in response to and in anticipation of our clients' needs. One thing that hasn't changed however is our commitment to the quality of service we provide. Our core values of passion, pride and integrity remin at the heart of everything we do....."The Best in Ireland". 

How Brightwater Works

At Brightwater, we tailor our recruitment solutions to each client’s individual requirements. We will advise on the best methodology for each role or project.

Our service is bespoke and can include a range of resourcing techniques including our unique candidate database which has the ability to target specific skill sets, advanced internet recruiting including social media search strategies, the use of external websites, Brightwater’s own website and advertising and sponsorship.

We work on the following principles:

  • Contingency Search
  • Retained Assignments
  • Volume Project Assignments
  • Contract Recruitment
  • Advertising Campaigns


We’re proud of the service we provide to our clients and candidates but we’re also proud of the awards 

we’ve achieved as an employer of choice. We have received the following accolades: 

Agency of the Year 2016   Best Agency (Online) 2016

50 Best Companies Ireland 200450 Best Companies Ireland 200450 Best Companies Ireland 200550 Best EU Companies 2005

50 Best Companies Ireland 200650 Best EU Companies 200650 Best Companies Ireland 2007Customer Service Awards 200650 Best EU Companies 200750 Best Companies Ireland 2008

50 Best EU Companies 2008Recruitment Awards 2016