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Oliver James Associates Overview

Manchester, England
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Mission: To be the leading supplier of specialist recruitment services across the Financial Services, Professional Services, Commerce and Industry sectors globally.

Company Updates

  • What a fantastic end to 2017, as our European offices were reunited at the annual Oliver James Christmas party. We can't wait to see where 2018 takes us...

  • The first in a new series from Oliver James, 'A Day in the Life of' follows Managing Consulting, David Shotton, going about his business in the city that never sleeps...

    A Day in the Life of... David Shotton

    The first in a new series from Oliver James, 'A Day in the Life of' follows Managing Consulting, David Shotton, going about his business in the city that never sleeps...

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Oliver James Associates – Why Work For Us?

At Oliver James Associates, our people are our strength. They provide our competitive edge – and are key to securing and maintaining all our partnerships. We provide an inclusive, meritocratic work environment, where our current leaders and leaders of tomorrow understand that a team is made of individuals with unique strengths, committed to achieving one collective vision. This journey is supported by our investment in a range of innovative tools, and the creation of an agile working environment. Both ensure a fun, forward-thinking space where we can all deliver with excellence. We ensure our values are demonstrated in all our activities, and we reward our employees with progression where these values are evident and applied. We are also passionate about supporting our clients and candidates, challenging ourselves to continuously improve for the good of every connection we make.

Behind Oliver James is the talent that drives our continued success. We care about your progression, and show it by continually investing in our award-winning Learning & Development – ensuring you enjoy every opportunity to achieve your career goals and financial aspirations.

You are the most important asset we have, so we also make sure you're treated right. A career at OJ means access to unrivalled benefits, considering each aspect of your life, career and health. These include:

  • 20-25 days annual leave
  • Private health and dental insurance
  • Extended lunch for gym goers
  • Quarterly lunch club for top performers
  • Pension scheme
  • Car allowance
  • Free drinks every Friday
  • Close down over Christmas
  • All-expenses-paid quarterly events

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Are you Competitive? Urgent? Positive? Influential? Impactful? Informed? Together, they form the OJ DNA, and they're important characteristics within every person we employ. Our people are the foundation and future of our business, hard at work within a culture that celebrates their achievements.  
We also believe in celebrating people's individuality, with our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion putting us miles ahead of the competition. You can read our D&I policy here.

Professionally, we place great emphasis on personal progression. Our learning and development programmes are unrivalled: you won’t find a training experience more bespoke to your needs.

Above all, we're fun, friendly and social, organising free drinks every Friday, regular team nights out, and multiple events throughout the year. And since all OJ offices are based in the heart of the city, you know our fingers are firmly on the pulse.

Oliver James Associates Reviews

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    "Best Company I have worked for!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
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    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than a year)


    An organisation that thoroughly invests into their staff - on a personal and a professional level. Culture is corporate and competitve but in a very positive way, driving consultants outside of their comfort zones and ultimately making the most out people. Which obviously means more money... Company events are arguably OJ's biggest selling point, with Christmas and Summer parties at the envy of all of my friends and ex-colleagues + further corporate days throughout the year. Furthering the social aspect, Free Drink Fridays, EVERY Friday, are a great way to unwind and socialise with colleagues outside of the office environment.


    The only negative that springs to mind is long hours - but that's recruitment. It's no worse than competitors on this front and working hours are very clear and transparent. There is no "face time" expectation outside of those hours which you will likely expereicne in other organisations

    Advice to Management

    Carry on with what you are doing..

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Oliver James Associates Photos

Oliver James Associates photo of: Our Directors Oliver and Nick collecting our 'Fast Track 200' award.
Oliver James Associates photo of: Here we are at Cirque du OJ, our amazing European summer party!
Oliver James Associates photo of: Today our Manchester office donated Christmas presents and gifts to the Wood St Mission. A brilliant cause that provides local families struggling to make ends meet.
Oliver James Associates photo of: Our Group Managing Directors, Oliver (right) and James (left)
Oliver James Associates photo of: London office entrance
Oliver James Associates photo of: London office front
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Oliver James Associates Interviews



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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Oliver James Associates.


    2 interviews. Both very challenging in terms of questions they asked. Both interviews with senior directors of the business. Interviews lasted about 90 mins each time. Very professional. Very welcoming and you can tell OJA will be an amazing place to work by the way that these colleagues presented themselves in the interviews.

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Oliver James Associates Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Recruiter Hot 100, Recruiter Magazine, 2013
  • BDO Profit Track 100, The Sunday Times, 2014
  • Virgin Fast Track 100, The Sunday Times, 2013
  • International Track 200(6), The Sunday Times (UK), 2015
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