PharmEng was established in 2005 and started by providing engineering services to pharmaceutical companies in Europe. In a short space of time, we became an expert technical recruitment agency specialising in life sciences in Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe.

In the space of two years, the company embarked on a growth journey driven by market dynamics. This expansion in 2007 led to diversification into global sectors such as Medical Healthcare and Oil & Gas, responding to evolving demands.

Due to a positive upswing in the economy, there was a growing demand for engineers and contractors in various industries across the world, prompting our company to make the strategic decision of expanding our services. This expansion aimed to provide resources for international engineering and construction firms operating in fields such as Construction, Mining, Renewable Energy, and IT.

Concurrently, PE Global Locum Express was established with a specialized focus on supplying doctor and nursing locums and contractors. These professionals catered to the short and long-term needs of both public and private healthcare organizations.

PharmEng Rebrands as PE Global


In 2010 we rebranded to PE Global to facilitate our growth into these new sectors and services.

Followed shortly after in 2011, PE Global won a contract to provide recruitment services for the Irish Public Healthcare Services – Health Services Executive (HSE).

Building on the achievements of PE Global Locum Express, PE Global Healthcare emerged as a new division in 2012. This sector of PE Global undertook the comprehensive recruitment of healthcare personnel, encompassing doctors, nurses/midwives, and Allied Health Professionals (AHP). Additionally, PE Global Healthcare expanded its reach to include ancillary positions like Hospital Management roles and HR Professionals, providing staffing solutions to hospitals situated in Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and various Asian territories.

Roll on 2013 and PE Global won a contract to provide recruitment services in Northern Ireland along with healthcare facilities in the Far & Middle East.

Further expansion saw the opening of a London office in 2015 followed swiftly in 2016 being awarded a contract to supply temporary staff to clinical positions in the NHS.

PE Global’s growth and success continued in 2017 with winning the renewal of the HSE contract to supply Doctors, Nurses, HCAs and Social Care Workers across Ireland. On the back of this fantastic news PE Global opened a new Dublin office in 2018.

2020 was a big year for PE Global. It was announced that holding company BPVA acquired the majority shareholding of PE Global. Keith McDonagh was appointed as the new Managing Director. And to cap off 2020, PE Global opened a new office in Central London.

Industry recognition was to follow with AgileOne announcing PE Global as a recipient of the 2021 Supplier Excellence Award Winners. In 2022, Kelly OCG awarded PE Global a Supplier Excellence Award for the 9th consecutive year.

Later in 2022, PE Global appointed 4 members to the Board of Directors and announced further expansion with the opening of an office in India. With no sign of slowing down, PE Global announced that we had grown Operating Profit by 85% and turnover 0f €60m, the creation of 70 new jobs within PE Global and that PE Global had entered the DACH Region.

Since our inception, we have become leading experts in recruitment process outsourcing and global recruitment supplying permanent, contract and temporary candidates worldwide. We currently employ over 80 people in our London, Cork, Dublin and Indian offices. Finally, we look forward to adding to our already rich company history and sharing in our future success.

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