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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

Pay and Commission

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 ‘My Choice ‘ on the day you join our team.


My Choice 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.

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 a 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.

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