Our colleagues interact with thousands of customers every day in a wide range of roles across the length and breadth of the UK. We’re flexible on location, hours and family commitments, so you can find the job that’s right for you.

We welcome people from a variety of education and employment backgrounds. We recognise the value that this blend of skills, knowledge and life experience can bring.

And we aren’t just concerned with high flyers. We’ll support you whatever your career aspirations. 



We’re a big business with big opportunities. If you want to develop your career, ESS is a great place to be.

At ESS, we encourage our people to explore the numerous career paths available. Many of our managers joined us in frontline roles, and lots of our leadership team started their careers in site operations. With commitment and drive, the sky really is the limit!

We’re also part of Compass Group PLC which operates globally across sectors including business, industry, healthcare, education, sports, leisure and hospitality, as well as industry leading procurement. This gives our people access to countless more opportunities to grow and progress.

You’ll be supported with ongoing investment in training to ensure you can reach your potential.


We currently have 89 apprentices working and studying within ESS.

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop your career with us. Whether you’re just starting out, looking to expand your skills and knowledge or learning something new, our apprenticeship framework will support you.

We offer over 30 programmes covering culinary, FM, business and management, finance, HR, events and IT. Our apprenticeship roadmaps provide clear pathways from entry to senior level; you can start your journey at any point based on your previous qualifications and experience.


Compass Group UK & Ireland’s graduate programme is designed to develop the key skills, behaviours and experiences you need to become a future leader.

You will complete placements across our business and benefit from specialist training and mentoring to support your career progression.

Building relationships will be a key focus and we will provide you with plenty of opportunities to network through organised events, development programmes and charity initiatives.