Look no further, we have the talent you need

Our journey began with Irishman Andrew Harte. A civil engineer by profession, Andrew had relocated from Ireland to Melbourne and started a civil plant-hire company. Through his interaction with plant-hire clients, it became apparent to Andrew that the labour shortage in the construction industry wasn’t being adequately addressed by traditional recruitment agency models. Bringing his down-to-earth Irish charm, sharp business acumen and first-hand knowledge of the construction industry, Andrew created Eire Workforce, recently rebranded to EWS Recruitment.

The company is part of the Harte Group, which includes HEXHire civil plant hire and NexVentur, an Irish-based recruitment and relocation specialist.

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For more than a decade, EWS Recruitment has partnered with leading Australian construction companies to provide professional recruitment services that meet their staffing needs.

Meet the Management Team

Padraig (Paddy) O’Meara

Operations Manager

Hailing from the midlands of Ireland. He decided to embark on a career in recruitment in 2018 after working onsite operating a moxy for Eire Workforce Solutions (now known as EWS Recruitment). Over the 5 years Paddy has steadily risen through the ranks, demonstrating exceptional leadership, business and strategic acumen. He is a seasoned construction professional with over a decade of experience in the field. Paddy is easy-going, trustworthy, confident and passionate about all facets of recruitment, negotiation and company growth.

My Experience

Currently, he holds the position of Operations Manager, and is an all rounder. He spearheads initiatives that drive operational excellence and contribute to the company’s success.

Sean Cathie

General Manager

Born in Melbourne, started a career in the world of Print as an apprentice Graphic Reproducer once he completed his apprenticeship continued with the company for a further 9 years where he gained many years leadership and management experience. Sean’s recruitment career began in 2004 in print recruitment leaning on the 20 years within the industry. Finding a passion for recruitment Sean has continued with the growth of the business from mentoring staff to overviewing all operations of the group. Strategically involved in all decision making.

My Experience

Sean is the General Manager of EWS Recruitment. With 19 years recruitment experience covering blue and white collar in manufacturing and construction within management. Working closely with operations, finance, and marketing. 

Connecting people, building teams

At EWS Recruitment we believe that successful placements are based on partnerships. Our mission is to connect thriving construction companies based here in Australia with skilled personnel sourced in Australia and internationally. We pride ourselves in delivering high quality, reliable and professional services to our clients. Since our inception in 2011, we have earned a reputation of excellence through providing the highest standards of labour workforce to our increasing clientele all over Australia.

While the company initially began as a trades and labour specialist, the business has grown in response to the Australian construction industry’s skills shortages and our clients’ needs. We added a white-collar division, sourcing talent for contract and permanent construction placements at every level.

Today we offer four specialisations within the construction industry:

Civil & Infrastructure





Specialists in sourcing construction talent

EWS Recruitment employs a highly skilled and qualified recruitment team across blue- and white-collar divisions. Our recruiters are specialists in their field, with a deep knowledge of the construction industry and its staffing needs and challenges. We take into account each client’s unique workforce requirements in order to deliver a talent-sourcing service tailored to your business objectives.

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Our commitment to you

We are committed to providing you with:

Fast and effective services at any time of the day
Open communication
Transparent processes
The highest quality recruitment service
Support to our candidates
Ensuring the right fit for company and candidate

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Get in touch today and experience the EWS Recruitment difference.

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