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Hays Overview

London, England
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
£1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year

PageGroup, Robert Half, Robert Walters

Hays is the world’s leading specialist recruiting firm. We have 51 years of experience and a network of more than 244 offices in 33 countries. Our team of over 8,700 people share ideas and knowledge to deliver consistently outstanding results.

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Mission: We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. By truly understanding our clients and candidates, locally and globally, we help people and companies achieve a lasting impact.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#38), 2017 (#5), 2016 (#2), 2015 (#14)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#29), 2017 (#19), 2015 (#15)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#7), 2016 (#18)

Hays Reviews

  • "Exceptional training, development and management team"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time (More than 3 years)


    Committed and hardworking managing and director team who are keen to upskill employees and keep them in the business.
    You can have a very successful career at Hays.
    Team is chatty and we have fun everyday in the office.
    Lots of progression on offer if you show drive and ask for it.
    Lots of incentives and rewards which make staff valued and rewarded for our hard work.
    Your success is what you make of it, if you put the hard work in you'll see results.


    Expectations to be in the office for 40-50 hours per week is too much and way above industry standards.
    Very corporate office environment.
    Lack of flexibility even with "flexible working" - 1 hour either side and approved by management beforehand is not flexible and no options to work from home.
    Maternity pay is standard and based on base salary no matter how long you've been in the business or what level you are.
    When you start there is luck of the draw in whether your desk is hot, warm or cold and promotions are based on fees not effort so that impacts new recruits.
    Only take on entry level recruiters due to salary being too low for market rate.
    Salary and commission is a LOT lower compared to market rate.

    Advice to Management

    To retain staff, start acknowledging what other agencies are doing better e.g salary, commission, mat pay, benefits and amend the flexible working policy to working from home and actually being flexible. Keep doing what you're doing regarding training and development as that is next to none!

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Hays Photos

Hays photo of: Awards Ceremony
Hays photo of: Intern 2017 - 2018
Hays photo of: Happy Hays consultants after having finished their world class training - good luck!
Hays photo of: Hays wishes you well!
Hays photo of: Congrats guys on completing your Hays training!
Hays photo of: Our latest experts having just finished their training!
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Hays Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Placement Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Birmingham, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Hays (Birmingham, England) in May 2016.


    I applied through a friend who worked there. I had a phone interview then an office interview then an assessment centre and finally and interview with the directors of that office.

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Hays Awards & Accolades

  • Employees’ Choice Award(Best Places to Work across the U.S. and the UK), Glassdoor, 2015
  • Top Company For Graduates To Work For, The Job Crowd, 2015
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