Recruitment agency is often a term that sends small and medium business owners shuddering back to their desks. Is it a necessary evil? Are all recruiter’s sales monsters? ‘Why can’t we do it ourselves?’ are common statements. Although a scary concept, recruitment, and using a recruitment agency in one way or another typically ends up being an essential aspect of any organisation and getting it right is important for the future of a business.
However, there are many recruitment agencies, some of which will fail to deliver and others that will surpass all expectations. The difficult part is finding the right agency for your business. Fortunately, we’ve made that process easier for you with a list of the top recruitment firms and agencies in the UK and London.
Propel is a recruitment firm with a focus on digital businesses and the tech sector in London and further afield. Propel provide a range of recruitment services including executive Search, Salary Benchmarking and Reporting, Organisation Design, Consultancy and Competitive Market Mapping
Specialist areas: Advertising, Media, Mobile, Marketing, Retail, E-commerce, Travel, Saas, Fintech and Creative Services.
Useful: Propel is heavily involved in the startup space. They run a range of events you can find out more about on their blog.
Contact: You can reach Propel here.
Huntress Group is dedicated to recruiting the highest-skilled people in office support, IT, accounting and finance. Their specialist recruiters are highly trained within their respective markets and possess expert knowledge.
Specialist areas: Information technology, accounting and finance
Useful: Huntress’ highly-trained IT consultants recruit technology professionals across London and the UK.
Contact: You can find their contact details here.
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Silicon is a dedicated startup recruitment agency specialising in providing a range of recruitment services for technology companies.
Specialist areas: Technology, Startups
Useful: They hold a considerable number of events that can be useful as a recruiting vehicle and for business networking.
Contact: You can contact them via the provided email address on their website.
Satigo is a recruitment agency who operate a model that is designed to allow them to act as a flexible partner for technology-based startups (helping them source top-notch recruits for businesses across the technology sector). They offer a vast range of recruitment services including selection, boarding, CV critique, salary advice, interview preparation, offers management, market trends, training and skills advice.
Specialist areas: Infrastructure, digital, change / transformation and enterprise sales.
Useful: Satigo’s staff has a wealth of experience in providing recruitment services for a variety of business types.
Contact: You can personally visit the office in London or contact through an online form. Check here for contact details.
Deerfoot IT Resources
Deerfoot IT Resources is a consultancy firm focused on assisting IT-based startups. It’s dedicated to bringing out IT recruits for a range of small and large-scale businesses. Deerfoot prides themselves on a highly analytical approach when it comes to the evaluation of IT recruits.
Specialist Areas: Information technology
Useful: Deerfoot focuses its efforts towards finding the best techniques for recruiting the most suitable candidate (not just on closing candidates at all costs).
Contact: They have offices in Southampton and London. You can find their contact details here.
Opilio provides recruitment services to startups operating in mobile technology and digital media.
Specialist areas: Digital Media, Mobile and Technology (with a specific focus on recruiting for roles in IT project management, mobile app development, web development and digital marketing and IT project management).
Useful: Opilio is a young, emerging recruitment agency aiming to provide the best possible recruitment services.
Contact: Opilio offices are located in London, Manchester and Birmingham. You can find the address of each location and reach them here.
CDI Anderselite provides permanent, temporary and long-term contract recruitment services for a wide variety of clients across many industries.
Specialist areas: IT, technical, architecture, aerospace, railway and oil / gas.
Useful: CDI’s team has an experience of over 30 years in the professional staffing industry.
Contact: They have offices across the UK. To reach them you can submit a general enquiry on their website.
ReThink Recruitment believes their recruitment success comes from their in-depth knowledge of several key sectors coupled with passion and commitment.
Specialist areas: Energy, healthcare, business and technology.
Useful: Their recruitment consultants always aim to provide expert advice and deliver results on time (and operate within your budget).
Contact: They have offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. Contact details can be found on their site.
Myriad Recruitment primarily sources candidates for data warehousing roles among other highly technical roles that involve data and intelligence. They recruit permanent, temporary, contract and interim opportunities.
Specialist areas: Data warehousing, business intelligence and data and analytics.
Useful: Myriad is focused on helping tech-related startups find specialised jobs for their growing businesses.
Contact: You can contact them at email@example.com.
CBS Butler recruits for a full spectrum of technical and functional disciplines including engineering, manufacturing and technology. CBS offers a variety of recruitment services ranging from contract/temporary staffing, contingency permanent recruitment, retained search and selection.
Specialist areas: Engineering, manufacturing and technology.
Useful: In 2019 they won the Gold Trusted Service Award from feefo.
Contact: They have offices in Redhill and London. You can contact them here.
Brite works across provides a recruiting service across a range of industries. Brite works with businesses of all sizes on a variety of recruitment services including contract, permanent and temporary.
Specialist areas: IT & Technology, Telecommunications, Customer Service, Sales, Estate Agency, Administration, Financial Services/Retail Banking, Finance and Accountancy.
Useful: Brite aims to offer straightforward but effective recruitment solutions.
Contact: Their headquarters are in Cheltenham; you can visit their website here.
IT Recruit UK
IT Recruit UK help their clients navigate the intricate world of technology by offering straightforward solutions that cut through complexities.
Specialist areas: Information and Technology.
Useful: IT Recruit UK specialises in matching the right employees with the right employers.
Contact: You can find their contact details on the following link.
Richard Wheeler Associates
Richard Wheeler Associates (RWA) is a leading IT recruitment company with an intimate understanding of the dynamic culture and commercial demands within the startup incubator community. RWA primarily provides a professional search & selection service.
Specialist areas: IT, data analytics and artificial intelligence
Useful: RWA focuses on recruiting for permanent roles in the IT sector.
Contact: You can contact them here.
Hyper Recruitment Solutions
Hyper Recruitment Solutions specialise in providing highly compliant recruitment services for the technology and science sectors. They have a rich knowledge base and experience in compliance and commercial awareness in regards to recruiting for highly scientific companies.
Specialist: Biotech, pharma, clinical, environmental, information systems and technology, science, engineering, FMCG and professional services.
Useful: This recruitment firm was founded and is run by former apprentice winner Ricky Martin in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar.
Contact: With offices across England and Scotland, you can contact Hyper Recruitment Solutions here.
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