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REED Overview

London, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Founded by Sir Alec Reed in 1960, REED is the UK's biggest and best-known recruitment brand with established in 1995 becoming the UK's #1 job site<br/><br/>To learn more go to ... Read more

Mission: Founded by Sir Alec Reed in 1960, REED is the UK's biggest and best-known recruitment brand with established in 1995 becoming the UK's #1 job site<br/><br/>To learn more go to ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#44), 2019 (#28)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#20), 2018 (#47)

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    Virtual working - Staying energised and productive event LinkedIn post Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our brains are still in survival mode. This means prioritising and concentrating may be harder than usual. Our upcoming webinar will give you practical ideas, from pushing back on distractions and interruptions, controlling meetings, email etiquette, and managing the boundaries of work and home.

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REED – Why Work With Us?

The REED brand encompasses several companies including Reed Specialist Recruitment (agency), (job board) and Reed Talent Solutions (large contracts). Vacancies for all these areas are managed through our REED Careers Website

REED may also be referred to as Reed Global and other associated organisations include Reed in Partnership and the Reed Foundation. View the timeline of our rich company History here. Watch the video at the bottom of the page to see how REED started.

Since launching in 1995, has become the UK’s #1 job site, helping millions of people find the right roles for them - no matter what industry they’re looking to work in. As part of Reed Online’s ongoing commitment to providing both job seekers and recruiters with the best possible experience, we continue to innovate and deliver industry leading digital products.

Our Covent Garden head office is where the vast majority of our teams work from, which includes teams ranging from Sales Executives to Business Analysts, and Customer Experience Officers to Back-End Developers. View the range of vacancies here


Reed Specialist Recruitment

The first REED office opened on Kingsley Road Hounslow, West London in 1960 and today, REED is the world's largest family-run recruitment company. We continue to transform businesses around the world and are committed to providing them with the talent they need to grow.

We want to provide you with the support, training and opportunities to develop your career with the REED group. This could be your first step into recruitment as an Apprentice Consultant, or an experienced Recruiter looking to work for a market leader, we also want to hear from candidates which to join us as a Business Manager.


Reed Talent Solutions

Reed Talent Solutions champion a culture of continuous improvement and innovation which benefits our people and our clients, which is why our motto is Better Never Stops.

Joining us gives you the opportunity to develop your professional recruitment skills and be a true working partner with some of the UK’s biggest organisations that we work with across the UK. We continue to grow our RPO and MSP operations and are always keen to hear from candidates who want to join us.

Our business values are the same as the Reed family values:

  • We are fair, open and honest
  • We take ownership
  • We work together 


How REED began:

Empowering you with industry-leading training

Reed Online (

  • The Sales Academy provides a clear path for motivated sales people to progress rapidly up the career ladder through dedicated support and genuinely achievable bonuses / OTB (On-Track-Bonus) as they sell to our UK-wide customer base of employers and recruitment agencies.
  • Reed Online's Future Leaders programme was developed for High-Potential Employees (HiPo's) across all business areas / departments to develop their leadership and management skills
  • Co-Members across Reed Online are regularly encouraged to attend both internal and external training courses, events and conferences to ensure our people are at the top of their industries 

Reed Specialist Recruitment (RSR):

  • Recruitment Consultants and Resourcers begin their journey at the Reed Business School; our dedicated training facility in the Cotswolds, with an expert introduction on all things recruitment
  • Our Essential Recruitment Skills course is designed to give you the best possible start at REED. In your first year you can even achieve a nationally-recognised qualification in recruitment 
  • For Co-Members aspiring to reach positions of leadership, our Management Academy is highly competitive and for good reason, with over 70% of course graduates going on to run their own office within REED

Continuous Development

REED wants all Co-Members to succeed, which is why we invest so much in our in-house training facilities and teams, and offer a range of sponsored professional qualifications to help our people achieve success. 

We also offer a variety of personal development opportunities, through benefits such as the Personal Development Fund and courses like Alpine Leadership.

In return for your hard work...

• We love to celebrate your success with regular High Achievers events and awards, from evenings out, to go-karting and days at the races

• You will enjoy a host of benefits including retailer discounts, health care schemes and paid sabbaticals

• We know flexibility is important which is why you can buy additional holiday, carry days forward, or sell back any you don’t need at the end of the year

• Our people say their colleagues are among their closest friends. But don’t just take it from us, check out #LifeAtREED on Instagram and LinkedIn to see from them

Entry Routes for Recruitment, Sales & Technology

At REED we are passionate about helping people launch and develop their careers. Our Early Talent team provide opportunities in Apprenticeships, Internships, Placement Years and an award-winning Graduate Scheme.

We are always happy to hear from emerging talent to guide you through the process.


An apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to earn at the same time as learning new job skills and gaining a qualification. REED provide industry-recognised qualifications with training both on the job and offsite at the Reed Business School. You’ll receive full support from your team and a dedicated Apprenticeship Business Partner.


Placement Year
For students looking to complete a year in industry during their undergradute degree, REED offer two streams: Recruitment and Technology.

Both options are an opportunity to gain unrivalled commercial experience within a family-owned British business with global reach. You’ll work with a team of awesome Co-Members who will guide you through the inner workings of Reed Specialist Recruitment or (depending on where you are placed).

You could even secure a conditional offer for our Graduate Training Scheme before even completing your degree.

Graduate Scheme
Our Graduate Scheme spans 3 years and develops graduates into successful senior business leaders. We offer a flexible scheme, with a choice of three first year placements and the chance to rotate into a variety of areas for your second and third years. The scheme runs across Reed Specialist Recruitment, and Reed in Partnership

Along the way you’ll also receive mentoring from a director or senior manager, and funding to complete a professional qualification of your choice.


Looking to gain paid experience to expand your skills and springboard into the world of work? We offer a bespoke 12-week programme across a variety of business areas and have a number of successful Co-Members across the business who started their careers as interns with us.

So whether you’re looking for experience in-between education, before travelling, or perhaps a step-up from your current position, why not consider an internship?

Make sure to follow #StartAtREED on LinkedIn to hear from 'Reedies' directly about their journeys at REED. 

Love Mondays, Love Inclusion

Here at REED, we prioritise inclusion and are passionate about individuals feeling welcome. In 2019, we are launching our first Inclusion Strategy to align our commitment business vision to our inclusion aim.

We already encourage inclusivity through learning. In support of this our Co-Members are invited to complete an Unconscious Bias learning module, which is designed to help us to recognise and combat any unconscious bias in our workplace. We have a variety of additional learning modules associated with wellbeing, inclusion and mindfulness.

At REED, we have a history of supporting the Armed Forces with our Ex-Military Careers Scheme. In particular, we are committed to helping Ex-Forces personnel reintegrate into successful civilian careers whilst supporting Reservists within the business.

REED are proud to have achieved Mindful Employer and Disability Confident Employer status for over 3 years. We use our accreditations to provide resources and support to our Co-Members. In 2018 we have also pledged to the PWC TechSheCan charter to help develop young women into Tech careers.

Women in Leadership 

REED is also committed to reducing its gender pay gap and to providing greater opportunity for women to progress into senior positions. Along with our Women in Leadership Mentoring Scheme, in 2018 we pledged to the Governments Working Forward campaign and Tommy’s charity to support new parents and pregnant women in the workplace.

This year, James Reed made three pledges on International Women’s Day 2018 to help support women in the workplace at REED, he said:

  • I pledge to introduce talks, seminars and webinars once a quarter, which will be run by successful women, to encourage and inspire the women in the business.
  • I pledge to grow and sustain a female mentoring system to provide the women who work at REED with a system of support and advice.
  • I pledge that REED will seek to have women make up 50% of its senior leadership team over the next 3-5 years. They will be there because they are good at their jobs.


Supporting diversity is something that REED is passionate about, and greatly committed to. We aim to do this by ensuring that everyone we engage with is fully represented and supported.

Charitable Giving & The Reed Foundation 

At REED we can proudly say that we are a responsible British business that gives back to its local, national and international communities.

The Reed Foundation was set up by Alec Reed in 1985 and has owned 18% of the REED group for over 30 years. The funds directed to the foundation are at the heart of charitable giving, which is an important focus of REED.

The Big Give was established in 2007 through funding from the Reed Foundation. To-date it has helped raised over £100million for UK and international causes through match-funding and other innovative services to connect charities with donors and philanthropists.

Globally, the Reed Foundation established both Ethiopiaid and Womankind Worldwide in 1989. Today Ethiopiaid have invested over £36million to help alleviate poverty in the most impoverished communities in Ethiopia and WomanKind Worldwide continues to support women’s rights campaigns around the world. - Product 


Our Product team at is expanding, we believe great products start with the customer.

We bring together product managers, owners, analysts, designers, data scientists and developers to create ideas that solve real customer problems and drive progress to achieve a superior customer experience. 


Getting the right job can be life-changing, and we’re going to change the way people use tech to find a job that’s right for them.


This is our 2020 manifesto and this is how we’re going to make it happen: 

  • We will design for people. They will be central to everything we do. 
  • We will embrace data, AI, and even robotics. As the world changes, so will we. 
  • We won’t be afraid of breaking things. It’s this attitude that will lead to success. 
  • We will work as one. Together, we can (and will) make a difference. 


We’re building a team of thinkers, doers, and risk-takers. If you want to be part of it, search our latest Product vacancies.


We really can change lives.

REED Reviews

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    "Excellent team & enjoy coming to work - has also changed my life in a very positive way!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Temporaries Consultant in Plymouth, England
    Current Employee - Senior Temporaries Consultant in Plymouth, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REED full-time (More than a year)


    Career progression and great opportunity. Rewards are also great.


    Full time 40 Hours - would prefer 35 or 37.5

    Advice to Management

    Our branch here in Plymouth could do with some TLC. Also some further branding i.e signage/Reed Logo sign would be great

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REED Photos

REED photo of: Marketing campaign
REED photo of: Work experience with the Talent Acquisition Team
REED photo of: One of our standing desks
REED photo of: Alpine Leadership
REED photo of: James Reed #DressUpFriday
REED photo of: Thank you
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REED Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Preston, North West England, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at REED (Preston, North West England, England).


    Multiple Choice Assessment, then Vetting Call, followed by face to face Interview with Business Manager and Team Manager. Fairly tough process which went on for a couple of weeks but was made to feel welcome when visiting the office.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example of what you have achieved as part of a team.   Answer Question
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REED Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Companies for Graduates to Work For, The Job Crowd, 2018
  • Stonewall Diversity Champion, Stonewall, 2018
  • Disability Confident Employer, Disability Confident, 2018
  • MINDFUL Employer, Mindful Employer, 2018
  • Top CEOs 2018 by Glassdoor, Glassdoor Employees Choice Award, 2018
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