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It is through our commitment to innovation in advanced semiconductor technologies that IQE is helping to shape the future that will transform the way we live, work and play.

Most people don’t realise when they’re accessing the internet on their smartphone or tablet the communications networks and mobile technology they are using would not be possible without compound semiconductors manufactured and supplied by IQE.

The world of semiconductor technology is one of the most dynamic, advanced and fast-moving industries in the world. Our technologies feature in many of the world’s most exciting products, from the latest smartphones, to the future connected-world through the Internet of Things (IoT) and from advanced healthcare technologies through to electrically powered, connected and driverless vehicles.


Our ethos is to INSPIRE, CHALLENGE and ENCOURAGE – three things we aspire to achieve throughout our organisation.  As well as delivering bespoke recruitment solutions through award-winning divisions, we are passionate about inspiring and enabling future leaders.

ESS Holdings is an enabler of talent and operates a business incubator and start-up hub in Edinburgh, where a number of our companies have started out as spin-outs and grown to become successful brands in their own right with the help of our financial and business support.

To date, we have invested more than £70k in niche recruitment start-ups.  We also believe in talent retention and development and are committed to being a National Living Wage employer.


ESS Holdings Ltd. 38 Dean Park Mews, Edinburgh, EH4 1ED

0131 603 5800

IQE - Enabling Advanced Technologies

IQE is the global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced semiconductor wafer products. Our products are used by major global chip companies to produce the high performance components that enable a wide range of high-tech applications.

IQE has grown from a single manufacturing operation into a world-class platform with a global footprint spanning Europe, Asia and the USA.

Why work for IQE?

At IQE, we are always looking to recruit dedicated, innovative and talented individuals to join our world-class facilities in Europe, Asia and the USA. As the world leader in the supply of custom epiwafers and substrates to the compound semiconductor industry, we are committed to providing the best service in the industry, and rely on expertise and teamwork to achieve this.

Since the company was founded in 1988 we’ve grown into a successful, thriving international business with 600 employees worldwide. Come and see things our way and apply via our retained recruitment partners ESS Holdings.

We pursue equality of opportunity in all employment practices, policies and procedures regardless of race, nationality, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability and religious or political beliefs. As part of our policies we set out our approach to diversity.

Our values:

Teamwork and shared values are at the foundation of our organisation. Our values define who we are, and how we operate:

  • Integrity: behaving ethically, safely, honestly and lawfully
  • Accountability: working to clear and mutually accepted responsibilities; hands on management and decision making
  • Excellence: striving for excellence in all we do; focus on continuous improvement
  • Valuing People: treating people with respect and dignity; communicating with clarity and honesty; providing opportunities for people to reach their potential
  • Teamwork: working collaboratively towards common goals

We strive to make IQE a “great place to work” where our values are not just words but the behaviours that we live by every day.

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