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About us


At the heart of our success are our people. We take great care in the type of people we recruit to become recruiting experts with 9 out of 10 people joining us without any recruitment experience. You should consider a career at Hays if you are a determined, self-confident, passionate individual keen to be highly successful in a fast paced and competitive environment.


I joined as an associate having previously graduated in law and worked as trainee chartered accountant. As you can probably discern from this I wasn’t certain what career I wanted and this may be familiar to you. I did know that I wanted to be successful and that I wanted a job which provided a challenging yet supportive environment where I could learn a multitude of tasks and take control of my earnings. I wasn’t disappointed and have loved my job ever since!


Like many people in Hays I progressed my career quickly eventually moving to Australia to lead our very successful business and expand it into Asia. I came back to lead our UK & Ireland business in 2012 and I now run Europe, having relocated to Spain. I hope my story helps you to consider whether you can be successful at Hays and gives you an idea of what #YourHaysStory could be.


You can be guaranteed that you will receive the best training, coaching and personal development the industry can provide. We can offer unrivaled career opportunities across the UK, Europe and further afield. You can expect to be leading your own team of consultants within two years of joining us or faster still if you are exceptional. Almost all of our leadership team themselves joined Hays as associates and we therefore have a wealth of experience across all aspects of our business.


These are the facts.

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Nigel Heap

Nigel Heap

Managing Director, Europe

Hays in numbers


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What we do

We are the UK & Ireland’s largest and most successful recruitment business

At Hays we match thousands of the right candidates to the right jobs every single day across more than 20 different industry sectors (specialisms).


We operate across commercial, public service, not-for-profit, executive and international channels. Our recruitment teams are backed by equally talented human resources, information technology, marketing, legal, compliance and finance teams.


Our role as recruiting experts

All our professionally trained recruiting experts focus on an industry specialism. They become experts in their field; knowing the market and roles available, the leading companies, the skills required and the key people involved in the recruitment process.


Our consultants work in close partnership with senior decision makers to understand their client’s needs and deliver an outstanding recruitment service. These relationships and those they develop with their candidates are vital to a consultant’s personal success, and the success of our business.

How we do it

Our recruiting experts have access to the industry’s best technology and most cutting-edge resources to help them win business and achieve success.

Our consultants have access to the biggest and best candidate database, which is powered by Google and LinkedIn integrated, which means, if you are successful and become part of our team, you have access to the widest pool of people and the most current data available which will help you quickly find the right person to fill the job and ahead of your competition. In addition, we’re the number one recruitment advertiser in the UK, both in print media and online, and have the number one most visited recruitment agency website in the country, that receives the most applications.


We have unlimited access to external advertising and the ability to instantly and easily send targeted and high quality email and SMS communications to customers to generate information and achieve results.


Our consultants benefit from Hays’ unique relationship with LinkedIn – we’re the number one most followed recruitment company globally and we’ve been recognised as the most socially engaged recruiter.


Our marketing and social media teams support our consultants by producing relevant and high-quality marketing material such as the industry’s most comprehensive Salary Guide and the award-winning Hays Journal publication. The marketing and social media teams also assist with hosting events and seminars presenting our recruiting experts with an opportunity to add value to clients and thus becoming a trusted advisor.

Areas of expertise

Accountancy & Finance Accountancy & Finance
Banking & Capital Markets Banking & Capital Markets
Call Centres Call Centres
Construction & Property Construction & Property
Consultancy, Strategy, Change Consultancy, Strategy, Change
Education & Teaching Education & Teaching
Energy, Oil & Gas Energy, Oil & Gas
Engineering Engineering
Executive Executive
Financial Services Financial Services
Healthcare Healthcare
Human Resources Human Resources
Insurance Insurance
Legal Legal
Life Sciences Life Sciences
Marketing Marketing
Office Administration Office Administration
PA & Secretarial PA & Secretarial
Procurement & Supply Chain Procurement & Supply Chain
Retail Retail
Sales Sales
Social Care Social Care
Tax & Treasury Tax & Treasury
Telecoms Telecoms

Our clients

As the UK & Ireland’s largest and most successful specialist recruitment company, our consultants make a lasting impact on the world of work every hour of every day. We act as an extension of our client’s brands and are proud to be a trusted partner to a variety of organisations; from start-up technical businesses to global banking corporations and everything in between.


One relationship we’re particularly proud of is Manchester City. As the Official Recruitment Partner of the club, the partnership is based on a mutual ambition to attract skilled, expert professionals to build high performance teams, whether on the football pitch or in the world of work. Have a look at the video to find out more.

Cafe Nero
Clifford Chance
Direct Line Group
The FA
Imperial College London
Jaguar / Landrover
John Lewis
London Stock Exchange
Loreal Paris
Manchester City Football Club
Ministry of Justice
University of Oxford

Employer of choice

We know that Hays is a great place to work and other people think so too. We are proud to have been recognised by our employees, past and present, as the #1 Employer of Choice within the Recruitment industry.


 Hays named a winner of the National Undergraduate
 Employability Awards 2019

At Hays we pride ourselves on fostering a culture that gives undergraduates the freedom to succeed and enables them to fulfil their full potential. We have now been placed in the Top 50 Undergraduate Employers for five years running and we are the only recruiter to be listed in the Top 100.

We consider this award a particular achievement because it is determined purely by student-written reviews. Our successful intern programme has contributed hugely to the successful feedback we have had, with many returning to Hays after completing their studies as a result of their positive experience with us.

top 100 undergraduate employer

 Hays is proud to achieve the NES accreditation

At Hays, we’re passionate about placing people in a role where they can flourish and succeed. By valuing equality, diversity and inclusion, we’re better informed to find the right job to transform a person’s life and the right person to transform an organisation.

We are delighted to have achieved the National Equality Standard (NES), the UK’s most rigorous and prestigious accreditation for equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I). Hays is one of only 20 UK organisations nationwide to be accredited. It recognises our long-term commitment to developing a meritocratic, open and honest culture – we want the best and brightest to flourish at Hays, regardless of background.

Since we signed up to the NES over two years ago, we have undertaken new projects and initiatives, and strengthened existing ones, to build an even stronger culture of ED&I. Diversity is integral to everything we do and we will continue on our diversity journey.


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#1 Best Large Company for Graduates to Work for

We have been voted by our employees as the Best Large Company for Graduates to Work for as part of TheJobCrowd’s annual Top 100 Graduate Employers.

Hays was awarded the Number 1 Best Support Services (including Recruitment) Company to Work for in the UK and came 11th overall in the rankings.

TheJobCrowd Awards are based solely on the input of our employees, who rate aspects including training and career progression opportunities, company culture and enjoyment of the job.

Job crowd


#1 Best Places to Interview in the Recruitment industry

We have been voted 7th company overall and the #1 recruiter in the awards.

The Candidate’s Choice Awards for the 2017 Best Places to Interview are based on the input of candidates looking to join Hays who have voluntarily provided anonymous feedback over the past year about their interview experience, duration and the level of interview difficulty.

Hays is the only recruitment company listed in the top 50 best undergraduate employers in the UK.”

Best places to interview

Rate My Placement

#1 Best Undergraduate Employer in the Recruitment Industry

Hays has been named in the UK’s Top 100 Undergraduate Employers and is the only recruiter to be listed for 2019/2020.

Based solely on reviews from, this is the fourth time Hays is listed in the Top 100.

The rankings are based on the reviews of Hays’ undergraduate Interns in the UK who leave feedback based on factors including the skills gained during placements, training and development opportunities and impressions of the company overall.

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Our culture and values

The culture at Hays is fast-paced, meritocratic and incredibly rewarding. As a business, we have six values that define who we are and what we do. Our expectation is that you display the Hays values from your initial contact with us and throughout your career at Hays.

Passionate about people

We are in business because we believe in people.
We know the right person in the right role can change lives and transform organisations for the better – making that connection means everything to us.
With diligence, empathy and pride, we help organisations secure the talent they need to succeed, and help individuals make the most of every stage of their career.


The best way we can demonstrate commitment to our clients and candidates is through our ambition for them.
Their success is our success, so we don’t hold back.
We make brave moves, aim high, and work hard every day to deliver the positive impact that achieving success brings to people’s lives.


People come to us because we’re the experts, with over 50 years of experience in recruitment and talent management.
We combine this insight with deep specialist knowledge that enables us to place talent across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors all over the world.
This professional know-how is indispensable – you simply cannot find, engage and place the right people in the right roles without it.


Beyond understanding people’s skills and experience, there’s a real art to matching them with the right opportunity.
This involves taking an inquisitive approach to understand their aspirations and motivations, building the insight required to ensure the ideal fit for any role.
And when it comes to understanding the talent needs of organisations, that also takes vision, curiosity and instinct to help our clients achieve their full potential.


We are always seeking new and better ways to make the perfect match between client and candidate.
This means being bold, agile and open to ideas – whether it be embracing new technologies, developing our people, or innovating the way we work.
Our goal is simple: to stay one step ahead in creating the recruiting experience of tomorrow.

Do the right thing

Underpinning everything we do is our belief that we must always do the right thing.
Doing the right thing enhances and protects our reputation, building trust with all our candidates, clients and other stakeholders.
This unites us and makes us stronger.

Charity partnership 2019-2020

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We are proud to partner with End Youth Homelessness (EYH), a national network of charities working to give vulnerable young people a future.


EYH is a network of 11 member charities across the UK that have joined forces to tackle youth homelessness together. EYH helps more than 30,000 young people each year, providing homes, working with them to secure jobs, and start independent futures.


With 93 offices in the UK, our employees support EYH charities across the country. The money we raise goes directly to EYH’s Employability Fund, which provides homeless young people with individually-tailored support to work towards their career goals, whatever their previous education or work experience.


We will be doing a range of exciting fundraising activities throughout our partnership including sponsored sport challenges, a national sleep out event and a variety of volunteering initiatives which will raise vital funds for homeless young people.


In addition, we’ll be hosting work placements and industry experience days for young people. We‘ll also be taking part in EYH’s Employer Forums, which will bring together national employers with youth homelessness employment practitioners to work towards providing more and better work opportunities for homeless young people.



We operate in over 100 locations across the UK & Ireland.

For more information on what we can do to support your career or business, please speak to our experts in an office local to you or alternatively contact our Internal Recruitment team.

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We operate in over 100 locations across the UK & Ireland.

For more information on what we can do to support your career or business, please speak to our experts in an office local to you or alternatively contact our Internal Recruitment team.

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