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Meet The Fetchies: Sean McKinney

Author: Sean McKinney

Published date: 2019/10

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This week's Meet the Fetchies features one of our busiest Trades & Labour senior consultants, Sean McKinney. Sean joined Fetch in 2018 and has helped the Trades & Labour team reach its roaring success. With over 5 years experience in construction recruitment Sean is the go-to for knowledge and advice in labour supply. 

Sean is a born and bred Brummie, with a passion for football & travelling. A connoisseur of curries and beers with a strong life motto of "keep right on.." 


Name: Sean McKinney

Position: Senior Consultant

Time in Role: 16 months


Tell us a bit about your career to date and how you got into Recruitment.

After finishing my degree I quit my bar job in Manchester, moved back to Brum and was skint. So, I sat down with my old man to discuss the construction route, something I had considered years before starting uni.

My dad is a chippie by trade and for the last 10 years, a site manager for Galliford Try. He is well connected in the construction industry and passed my details onto the director of the first UK labour supplier - O’Neill & Brennan. O&B was my first ‘proper job’ where I started out as a white collar recruiter. After about a year and a half building the white collar desk, it was time for a change of pace as I was promoted to Regional Manager of the trades team.

After 4 years at O&B, I decided to head to Aus! When I joined Fetch, we had a few labourers out working and the focus was predominantly on white collar recruitment. John brought me on board to grow the reputation of Fetch labour supply in the commercial construction sector, with a view to expand and open more desks. With the Melbourne market so busy, we were successful. Fetch Trades & Labour now have 6 experienced consultants with over 100 contractors working for leading construction, civil, residential, plumbing, electrical & shopfitting businesses in Melbourne.


What’s your favourite thing about working at Fetch?

The freedom to use my own approach to recruitment.


What’s one thing you wish people knew about recruitment / your industry?

 I can’t force people to get out of bed in the mornings.


Number 1 career highlight to date?

Generally helping people earn money so they can feed their families. This is the most rewarding thing about my job, it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in peoples' lives who genuinely need it.

Specific examples of this would have to be: 1) getting a homeless man a job, 2) helping my friends with work.


Your life mantra is / Your philosophy on life is / The words you live by are…

Keep right on to end of the road.


Which celebrity would play you in the movie of your life?

Chabuddy G


If you were on death row, what would be your last meal?

Full Irish Breakfast (extra white pudding and baked beans, Yorkshire puddings, Chef Brown sauce)


Name three things right now you are grateful for.

Family, my girlfriend and Dwayne’s old Mazda.


Tell us a #FunFact about you!

I have been to 56 football grounds in the UK.




Connect with Sean on LinkedIn here.