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What we offer

Training & development

The recruitment industry is competitive and demanding and as a business our success is measured by our peoples’ individual success. We want you to excel and if you’re a talented person who sets your standards high and wants to contribute towards a winning team; we’ll provide you with every opportunity to help you grow into a credible recruitment expert at Hays. In fact, we’ll invest more in your professional development than any other recruitment company, supporting you with on-going training throughout your career at Hays, whether you’re an Intern, Associate Consultant, Manager or Director.

Consultant training

Consultant training

Our training programme is designed to develop your recruitment expertise and sales skills, and we’re proud to say that it’s widely recognised as the industry’s best. With a mix of classroom, on-the-job and one-to-one coaching, our programme builds recruitment best practice and is adapted to suit your individual learning needs. Whatever your background, our training will support you in becoming a recruiting expert and help you build a rewarding and successful career, as quickly as possible.

Management training

Management training

Managing and leading others is one of the most important jobs in our business. We want to develop our people into great leaders and managers of people and businesses. Our programmes are practical and interactive, developing skills such as coaching, managing performance, building cultures and leading high performing teams. This training is delivered at regular intervals throughout your career.

Leadership development

Leadership development

At the most senior levels of the business our internal high potential leadership programmes provide accelerated learning opportunities for talented individuals. Our external global senior leadership programme, in built and delivered by some of the world’s leading business schools.

Rewards & benefits


At Hays we will give you the opportunity to reach your full potential and be rewarded for your achievements. Our reward structures are set up to drive performance, focusing on results and behaviours that reflect our brand values.


For our recruiting experts this includes competitive basic salaries and uncapped commission schemes meaning unlimited earning potential based on your personal performance. Unlike most of our competitors, your earning potential is not determined by your relationship with your manager or your team’s performance; you are in full control of what you earn.


Commission payments for our high performers exceed our competitive base salary. All recruiting experts in Hays are eligible to partake in local, regional and national incentive schemes leading to five star holidays, high profile events and awards to celebrate success. Our people are also eligible for a car or car allowance early in their career depending on location and job function.


We offer a competitive suite of employer paid benefits which include a generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme, life assurance, private medical/dental cover, the ability to buy and sell holidays and interest free season ticket loans. In the UK business you have immediate access to enjoy our flexible benefits scheme called ‘You Choose’ on the day you join our team.


You Choose provides access to a wide range of products and services including discounted gym membership at some of the UK’s top luxury gyms, travel insurance, as well as tax efficient schemes like cycle to work and childcare vouchers.

We also offer

  • Employee recognition programmes, including individual awards and competitions for outstanding achievement.
  • Discounts and offers on a range of restaurants, hotels, attractions, retail, leisure and holidays, gym membership and healthcare plans.
  • Access to discounted Hays plc shares via our Sharesave scheme.
  • An employee referral scheme that rewards people for referring recruiting experts into our business.
  • 24-hour Employee Assistance Helpline.
Uncapped commission Uncapped commission
Generous holiday entitlement Generous holiday entitlement
Life assurance Life assurance
Health schemes Health schemes
Pension scheme Pension scheme
Season ticket loan Season ticket loan
Buy or sell more holiday Buy or sell more holiday
Gym membership Gym membership
Cycle to work Cycle to work
Discount on shares Discount on shares
Discounts on restaurants Discounts on restaurants
Discounts on retail Discounts on retail
Discounts on hotel and leisure Discounts on hotel and leisure
Maternity/Paternity leave Maternity/Paternity leave
Dental cover Dental cover


Hays is a high performing sales business and we’ll offer you a variety of incentives regardless of the level at which you join us. We make of point of celebrating the success of our people, because without them we wouldn’t be the business we are today.


Hays Elite

Hays Elite is the highest award offered to the business. This rewards 50 of the highest performing people in our UK and Ireland business.

The prize for their hard work? A 5 star all expenses paid trip overseas with no expense spared.


20k / €25k club

The 20k and €25k club recognises consultants that have achieved a minimum of £20,000 fees in the UK or €25,000 in Ireland in one operating period.  All of our 20k club winners enjoy experiences like dining in some of the best restaurants in the UK or Ireland, days at the races, luxury sailing trips and many more. There are also business nominated places for non-fee earners to join in the celebration of success so everyone can truly celebrate their performance wherever they are in our business.


Award nights

Rewarding great performance and recognising success is a key driver for Hays on both a national and local level. We hold monthly regional awards for Premier Performers, Future Leaders, Associate and Intern of the Month and Non-Fee-Earner of the period.








Career progression

Your career is in your hands


We want talented people to have hugely successful careers with us. We’re an award winning employer of choice with a high performance culture. Our expectations are high; after all, market leading organisations employ the best people. We believe in growing our own talent and promoting from within the business. Hays is full of people who have been able to grow really exciting careers with us in the UK, Ireland and abroad.


We provide more management opportunities than anyone else, giving you a chance to accelerate your career. We offer two distinct career paths; people or business management. This gives you two routes to the top; managing clients or managing people. We’ll help you identify and develop your strengths and preference towards either route. This allows us to deliver the best possible level of service to our customers.



  • Want a career that rewards you for the effort you put in and the results you achieve
  • Want to work with and learn from the industry’s best
  • Bring your potential, your talent, your energy, your drive, your determination and your commitment to hard work
  • Show us your exceptional communications skills, and that you are committed to delivering great results for our customers
  • Want a career that challenges and develops you


  • Want you to have and life-changing, exciting and successful career
    with us.
  • Want you to achieve your potential and flourish.
  • Care more about who you are and your potential to develop and less about your background and CV
  • Provide you with an unrivalled career opportunities both locally and abroad
  • Invest in your development with the industry’s best training. Fact.
  • Are committed to growing our own talent and promoting from within

By exceeding your fee targets, you could enjoy the benefits of a fast tracked career at Hays. Fee targets are achievable and communicated in a transparent manner throughout your time at Hays.

Working at Hays is all about peak performance. Performance is gauged not only by fee generated, it is also determined by your ability to exceed key performance indicators as agreed between you and your management team.

By truly understanding your clients and candidates on a local and global scale, you can achieve a lasting impact which will promote your industry knowledge and credibility in the UK&I market.

As a recruiting expert at Hays you are rewarded for your individual performance and your ability to work as part of a larger team. Strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities are valued at Hays.

By living the brand values, you will demonstrate the same qualities that make our business leaders successful in the world of work.

We believe training is a privilege and therefore fully support your career development through our industry recognised development programmes. By successfully demonstrating your acquired knowledge in the day to day management of your desk, you can have a successful career at Hays.




William Gardner

Intern, London Ebury Gate

I was planning on doing a 12 month placement but I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to work. I did some research on recruitment and realised it was an exciting industry where I could get exposure multiple sectors and develop my commercial skills at the same time.


The DNA of a recruiter matched my strengths as I’m target driven and motivated. I chose to apply to work for Hays because of their industry leading training programme and the meritocratic culture which recognises and rewards success, meaning I could work towards quick career progression.


Working for Hays has been a brilliant experience. The training is fantastic and the internship program provided me with the skills I need for my future career. An internship with Hays requires a lot of hard work, a passion for people and strong ambition to exceed targets. But the job is very rewarding and there is no better feeling than being successful at Hays. I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to work here and I’ll be reapplying to join once I finish university.


9 months


Martha Fishwick

Associate, HR, London Cheapside

I graduated from University and moved to London and secured an administrative role within the private health sector. As much as I enjoyed the job, there was a lack of opportunity for promotion within the business. After seeking advice from friends in the recruitment industry I decided to apply for an Associate Consultant job at Hays.


I applied to Hays because I recognised the brand as the market leading recruitment company. I’d also heard Hays were great at developing their staff and had a positive, energetic and meritocratic culture which sounded like somewhere I could develop a long term career.


Since joining Hays, the experience has exceeded my expectations. Sure, I’ve been challenged, but I’ve felt supported the entire time. The structured training has been really comprehensive and I work with experts in my industry, all of whom support my future success.


I want to know exactly what direction my career is moving in and at Hays I see that every day. I have clear promotion targets, supporting key performance indicators and above all, an excellent management team who back me.


The people I have met at Hays makes coming to work a pleasure. Everyone has a different story to tell and although everyone is naturally very competitive, we work as a team and succeed together. I am looking forward to my review for promotion to Recruitment Consultant, and continuing my career at Hays.


1 year


Lisa Langridge

Recruitment Consultant, Sheffield

My Hays career started just over two years ago as an Associate Consultant and the time really has flown by. I really enjoy the variety to my position and the level of independence that I have to manage my own workload.


After 12 months of being in the business and solely focussing on creating my own brand and establishing a name for myself in the market, I achieved my first promotion to Recruitment Consultant and my base salary increased by £5,500!


I feel I have developed my own business recruiting for my specialist area in my region. My Manager and my team have continuously encouraged me to be and achieve the best that I can. The progression opportunities at Hays are fantastic. I am aware of what routes I can take to progress my career and more importantly I know exactly what I need to do to get there. I have almost achieved my target to become a Senior Consultant and am expecting a promotion at the end of this month!

Senior Consultant

1.5 years


Maruf Khandker

Senior Recruitment Consultant, London.

I had no commercial experience prior to joining Hays, but what I lacked in sales experience, I made up for with sheer determination and a willingness to build a successful career for myself.


I was promoted from Associate Consultant to Recruitment Consultant and then to Senior Recruitment Consultant within 18 months of starting my career. My promotions were down to the fact that I exceeded all targets set by my management team. I worked hard and my Manager rewarded me for my efforts every step of the way.


Hays has a very meritocratic culture so for someone like me who is naturally competitive and always looking to strive for bigger and better things, the Hays culture was and still is perfectly suited to me!


My promotion to Senior Recruitment Consultant has given me more responsibility in the business. Not only am I on a successful billing desk, I am also heavily involved in supporting and encouraging increased activity levels within my extended team of 22 people.


I have also been introduced to leadership and I mentor new Associates when they first join Hays. People outside of work often ask me what I value most at Hays and the biggest driver for me in the fact that I get out what I put in.

Managing/Principal Consultant

2 years


Rebecca Johnson

Principal/Managing Consultant, Exeter

I manage a small team of Education consultants in the Exeter Office, with a focus on Primary Schools. It is a fascinating area to work in, as it is constantly adapting and changing to follow government guidelines and initiatives. I strongly believe that we provide an invaluable service and help ensure that our Primary schools have excellent teachers.


Hays have supported me throughout my career, having come straight from university, reading Law, they offered me extensive training to enhance and progress my development. Three years on, I’m able to pass on my knowledge to my team and help them become successful consultants.


The ethos of Hays is fantastic and hard work is rewarded both financially and socially, with regular team drinks and Summer/Christmas events. This encourages a buzzing and vibrant atmosphere within the office with everyone pulling together and working towards a personal and team goal. It has been an exceptional three years with Hays and I look forward to many more.

Manager/Business Manager

2.5 years +


Alex Brayton

Manager/Business Manager, Liverpool

I was born and raised in Liverpool, and after university I was keen to stay local but still work for a FTSE 250 company. So after I graduated with a business studies degree at Liverpool University in 2008 I joined Hays.


My goal has always been to manage a team and after achieving significant growth on my own desk, I seized the opportunity to mentor an Associate Consultant before taking full responsibility for my own team two years ago.


Establishing and driving a high performing culture has seen the team grow from three to five people in a short period of time. I’ve found the role of Manager in recruitment a challenging but highly rewarding career path to take. You have direct accountability for delivering and exceeding a yearly team budget whilst maintaining very high standard of personal billing.

Senior Manager/Senior Business Manager

4 years+ before promotion to next level


Helen Farr

Senior Manager, Hull

I have worked for Hays for over fourteen years and wouldn’t work for any other recruitment company – when you work for the best, why would you? Hays have supported and developed me in both a personal and career capacity and have allowed me to exceed my own expectations in regards to how far I expected my career to go when I left college. I have had some excellent opportunities including managing the Glasgow and Edinburgh Office Support divisions and my current role as Senior Manager of our 14 consultants in Hull.


I have responsibility for the achievement of a budget of £2m which is more than the Managing Directors of some of our clients. The culture at Hays totally fits my ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality and getting out what you put in means I have been able to develop my career quickly. My specialist area is recruiting for temporary Accountancy and Finance roles although I also oversee our Education, Office Support, Construction and Property, and HR divisions which means no two days are the same.

Director/Business Director

6 years +


Ryan Gardner

Director/Business Director, Bristol

I started my career in recruitment in 2003. I wanted a progressive, challenging and rewarding career and this is exactly what I have experienced at Hays, it’s the best decision I have made.


I began my career as an Associate Consultant in Bristol working within our Construction & Property specialism, initially focusing on the Mechanical & Electrical market. I went on to hold various roles managing business units and also managing teams across multiple specialisms.


Through my hard work, determination and desire for success (I’m very competitive!), I went on to fast track to Regional Director within the South West region. Now I am responsible for a team of 80+ consultants within 3 of our key offices across 10 specialisms.


I still enjoy the satisfaction from building long lasting relationships and delivering world class service to our customers, and I thrive off helping support our consultants to achieve their ambitions too.

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