Company History

CSA Personnel Recruitment Agency Cork Our History

This is only the beginning of our company history…

  • 1967

    Corks First Recruitment Agency

    Established in 1967 by Brian & David Nicholson of Woodford Bourne Wine Importers, CSA (Central Staff Agency) was the first company in Cork to offer a staff recruitment service, specialising in the placement of permanent and temporary office staff. What drove us to start the company was the understanding that we could provide a service no one else was providing.The primary focus was permanent recruitment of secretarial staff with employee turnover boosted by legislation forcing women to retire after maternity leave!

  • 1970

    First employees

    The idea of hiring temporary staff quickly grew as the economy grew and the company changed name to CSA Personnel in 1971. Although owned by Woodford Bourne CSA was managed by Imelda Callanan until her retirement in 1986.

  • 1989


    CSA Personnel was the only such service in Cork until the birth of the Celtic Tiger in the late 1980’s.
    In 1988 Woodford Bourne was taken over, Brian Nicholson retired and Alan Nicholson joined the company as Managing Director and remains to this day.
    The business expanded to provide a wide range of staff including accounts, production and administration on contract and permanent basis.

  • 2016

    Third Generation

    Sam Nicholson joined the business in 2016 and has established the company's online presence while adding fresh impetus to the firm.

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Found Sam in CSA very professional. Met and discussed in detail what type of role you were interested in and only put you forward when he and you were happy that the position on offer was what you were looking for. He was genuinely interested in making sure that you found the right role.

CSA Personnel Testimonial - Candidate
Nuala Cummins
Accountant, Candidate

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