17 Of The Biggest and Best Recruitment Agencies in the UK

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All businesses want to work with the best recruitment agencies. But they are spoilt for choice.

The number of recruitment agencies in the UK currently sits at a record high of more than 27,700. This marks a three-fold increase since 2012. With every single agency promising to ‘build a relationship’ with you and ‘work hard for your businesses success’ who can you actually trust with your job vacancy? Who really are the best recruitment agencies in the UK?

More often than not, your safest bet is to go with an agency with big list of existing clients and years of experience under their belt. After all, these agencies work tirelessly to uphold a solid reputation in a fiercely competitive industry. Their clients return to them again and again because they can be trusted to get the job done right first time round.

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Yes, you can save money on recruitment fees by partnering with a relatively new agency. But are you willing to take that risk? The explosive growth of the recruitment industry has given rise to a lot of fly-by-night agencies who view recruitment as a get rich quick scheme. They often show no regard for industry best practices and their clients inevitably suffer as a result.

To prevent you from being stung by one of these subpar agencies we have compiled a list of the 17 biggest and best recruitment agencies in the UK. Obviously there are many more great agencies worthy of place on the list, but for the purpose of simplicity we have based it on Recruitment International’s ‘Top 500 Report’ for 2017. The Top 500 list is ranked according to total revenue generated.

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  • Venturi Group

Website: www.venturi-group.com

Phone: 020 3137 7005


If you have a technical role you need to fill, look no further than Venturi. Tech is all we focus on, and it’s what we excel at. We pride ourselves on our ability to source high-quality candidates in niche IT sectors including development, cyber security, big data and data science, and cloud and infrastructure. What makes us unique is our people. Each member of our team works exclusively within particular a sub-sector of the IT industry. Dividing up work in this way means our consultants know all the ins and outs of the market they recruit for. This insider knowledge is something that can’t be offered by consultants at large generalist recruitment agencies. 

Our clients also benefit from our value-added services such as salary analysis and market trend reports. Furthermore, the podcast and blog we publish at Venturi give us a distinct advantage over other IT recruitment agencies when it comes to attracting and engaging top technical talent. By delivering daily content to our audience, it allows us to stay connected with strong passive candidates. Creating engaging content also helps keep us up to speed with the rapid pace of change in tech.

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  • Adecco


Phone: 020 8346 9417

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading recruitment agency. They provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and temporary contract employment everyday. With more than 33,000 employees in 60 countries, their aim is to transform the world of work one job at a time. Their staff deliver talent to more than 100,000 clients worldwide. They also help businesses by providing the cutting edge technology required to succeed in the constantly changing global economy.

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  • Impellam Group


Phone: 020 3096 4661

Utilising their in-depth market knowledge, and extensive network of specialist candidates, Impellams specialist teams provide expert recruitment services for permanent and contract roles. The breadth of their business is impressive to say the least. They help find fulfilling roles for doctors, lawyers, accountants, tech professionals, nurses, teachers, scientists, receptionists, chefs, security guards – the list goes on and on! They manage the hiring process from start to finish for their clients, delivering performance improvements and cost savings along the way. This enables their clients to focus on the demands of their core business.

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  • Hays


Phone: 020 7383 2266

Hays place a candidate in the UK every minute. They are the leading global specialist recruitment group, and have been one of the market leaders in the UK for a long time. They are experts in recruiting qualified, professional, and skilled people across a wide range of industries and professions. They operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. With over 6,200 people (across 33 countries) making up their worldwide team, they share ideas, knowledge, and experience across businesses and territories to deliver outstanding results for their clients.

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  • REED Specialist Recruitment

Website: https://www.reed.co.uk/

Phone: 020 7632 5684

REED is a specialist provider of permanent, contract, temporary and outsourced recruitment solutions, as well as IT and HR consulting. Assisting jobseekers and employers since 1960, REED’s global expertise spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. REED has 350 offices worldwide, employs 3,000 people and delivers a world-class service across more than 30 specialisms. Their vision is to deliver the best recruitment experience anywhere, through human energy, market expertise, great technology, and service excellence.

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  • Airswift

Website: https://www.airswift.com/
Phone: 020 3900 1000

For over 35 years, Airswift has been transforming lives through the provision of workforce solutions to the energy, process, and infrastructure industries. Today, their team consists of more than 6,500 people from 70 countries working to support hundreds of construction and engineering firms, equipment suppliers and consultancies. Driven by three corporate hubs in Houston, Manchester and Singapore and more than 50 regional offices, Airswift have a global reach that is unparalleled.

  • Asoria Group

Website: https://asoriagroup.com/

Specialising in helping remote working candidates find the perfect opportunity from home, Asoria has an assortment of working from home opportunities perfect for those looking for a bit of extra cash or to start something more permanent. 

  • Antal International

Website: https://www.antal.com/ 

Having formed in 1993, Antal has rapidly grown across the globe, penetrating and having a major presence in all key talent markets, including strategically important developing markets such as China, India and Russia, enabling us to become a leading global recruitment specialist in each of our specialised sectors.

Working across international borders, their sector expertise is second to none across all their major markets which include: 

  • Business Service
  • IT
  • Consumer
  • Transport
  • Industrial & Chemical
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy

  • Michael Page

Website: https://www.michaelpage.co.uk/ 

Michael Page started life in the UK in 1976, as a two-man operation above a laundrette. Nearly four decades later we have more than 7000 employees and a global office network, while growing our UK market coverage too.
With offices from Aberdeen to Bristol and Cardiff to Cambridge, and more than 25 specialist businesses we have the track record to handle your recruitment requirements or job search. We combine our local knowledge and global expertise to provide a specialised service to both employers and candidates.

Interquest Group

  • InterQuest Group

Website: https://www.interquestgroup.com/

InterQuest Group’s human capital management business is an award-winning specialist staffing, executive search and talent solutions provider. Our four operating brands help organisations to acquire in-demand talent and develop human capital. InterQuest Group’s intelligent approach to human capital acquisition, management and optimisation enables every type of organisation to respond more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the future.

morgan hunt

  • Morgan Hunt

Website: https://www.morganhunt.com/

Morgan Hunt is an award-winning agency that is well-known for the quality of service they offer. The Morgan Hunt team is always enthusiastic about their projects and this results in top results every time. The agency specialises in a number of sectors ranging from education and the public sector to marketing, business and property.

Opus recruitment

  • Opus Professional Services Group

Website: https://www.opuspsg.com/

Opus PSG is a parent company offering recruitment solutions in various niche sectors. Some of these sectors include information technology, energy, business and finance. 

Putting their employees at the heart of everything they do, offering incentives and more, makes the team a highly motivated one. Candidates placed through Opus will know they’ll be getting the best possible results.


  • StopGap

Website: https://www.stopgap.co.uk/

StopGap focus on placing great people in fabulous creative roles. Whether you’re in need of a candidate to complement your growing team, or you’re just looking to build a relationship with one of the best marketing and creative agencies out there, StopGap can help.

blue arrow

  • Blue Arrow

Website: https://www.bluearrow.co.uk/

Specialising in admin and secretarial roles, Blue Arrow has a proven track record of success in call centers and hospitality. 

Having been around since 1959, and placing over 60,000 candidates every year, Blue Arrow can have a significant impact on your labour and staffing concerns. 

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  • Seven Resourcing

Website: https://www.seven-resourcing.com/

Recognising the need for a streamlined recruitment process, Seven Resourcing have developed an agile, candidate-centric approach that has seen them grow rapidly in the Social Care sector.

The agency is also slowly but steadily growing its network, which ranges from top tier companies in the country to international organisations, while their customer approach is highly regarded.

firefly finance recruitment

  • FireFly Finance Recruitment

Website: https://www.fireflyhc.com

Firefly is an award winning specialist finance and accounting recruitment business. We work with companies based in and around the Thames Valley recruiting part-qualified and qualified accountants on an interim and permanent basis, up to and including Director Level.

Bond recruitment

  • Bond Recruitment

Website: https://www.bondrecruitment.com/

Bond covers a broad range of sectors which range from architecture to medical aesthetics to leisure; depending on the sector your company operates in, you’ll be assigned to a recruiter that specialises in that particular area.