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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

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Mission: Our mission is simple - to help the world to Love Mondays.

REED is family-owned and has grown organically, rather than by acquisition, to a company of 3,000 Co-Members in over 350 offices in towns and cities across the world.

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Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#28)

Top CEOs: 2018 (#47)

Company Updates


    Love Mondays, Love Inclusion - Tommy's Partnership - Reed Global

    Tommy's Partnership - Supporting new parents and pregnant women at work.... As part of REED's Love Mondays, Love Inclusion campaign we are excited to announce our new membership to Tommy's 'Pregnancy at Work' programme, a leading charity campaigning to save babies' lives. This programme supports thousands of pregnant women across the UK each year by ...

  • Shared Parenting is Something to be Talked About...

    In the first of our 'Making Work...Work' series of blogs, Peter - Head of HR for the Reed Specialist Recruitment network - talks about his experience of shared parental leave and how it benefited him, his husband and their two sons.

    #LifeAtREED #BeYouAtREED #Since1960 #LoveMondays #StartAtREED

    Shared Parenting is Something to be Talked About | Making Work... Work

    As a nation our attitudes to family life have changed. A two-parent family can be two mothers, two fathers, a mother and father and beyond, there is no set standard. Mothers have been the driving force of social change across the last 60 years, moving into paid work as the cost of living increases.

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REED – Why Work For Us?

Life At REED

There are three things you need to know about REED:

We are a British family business

We care passionately about the work we do

Our Values mean everything to us

REED is the largest family owned recruitment company in the world and is the UK's #1 Recruiter. As part of the UK's leading recruitment brand, we have almost 60 years of success in matching people with their perfect positions, and since launching in 1995, has become the UK's #1 job site. 

Our people come from all over the world, bringing the diversity of skills and personalities which make REED such a great place to work.  

If you've got the willingness to learn, then your successful career is supported through our comprehensive training, personal development programmes and rewards. If you're seeking a career in Recruitment then REED will provide you with the best recruitment tools in the business, including access to one of the largest candidate databases through

If a career in recruitment technology is more your thing, we continue to innovate and deliver industry leading products to help millions of people find the right roles - no matter what industry they are looking to work in. 

The REED brand encompasses several companies including Reed Specialist Recruitment (agency), (job board) and Reed Talent Solutions (large contracts). REED may also be referred to as Reed Global and other associated organisations include Reed in Partnership and the Reed Foundation.

Our business values are the same as our family values:

We are fair, open and honest

We take ownership

We work together 


Choose your path...

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.

The key to our success undoubtedly comes down to the people we employ. So whether it’s in our Covent Garden head office or our Manchester King Street office, we want to help the world Love Mondays… and it all starts with you.

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.



Empowering you with industry-leading training

At REED we make sure your career gets off the best possible start:

• Your training will begin at the Reed Business School, our dedicated training facility in the Cotswolds, with an expert introduction on all things recruitment

• In your first year you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification in recruitment, showcasing your achievements

• No-one stands still at REED - throughout your career you will have opportunities to develop through initiatives such as our mentoring programmes and Management Academy

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 to see from them

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.

The Reed Foundation 

We Love Mondays and on a Friday we work for charity. 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.



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.

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?

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.

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    The support and the team working environment is a great plus to working at REED. Additionally, the training and development is a key bonus factor too. I believe the REED culture is what makes the place so fantastic to work in because recruitment can be done anywhere, but the team environment and focus on development make REED stand out.
    The career opportunities and the success stories are a great motivation for someone like me who is excited to get their career started.


    I can't think of any cons - which sounds fake but it is a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    They need to continue helping and supporting people and encouraging them. As Recruitment can be a hard role so the support makes it a little easier.

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REED Photos

REED photo of: Graduate Training Scheme Intake - June 2018. With CEO James Reed
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REED photo of: at the RADS
REED photo of: Nina Bhatia talks to REED Co-Members about leadership and women in business.
REED photo of: High Achievers Event
REED photo of: Pictures from REED Co-Members on LinkedIn depicting their Start at REED
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REED Interviews



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    Classroom Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at REED (Reading, England) in June 2015.


    It was pleasant apart for the long drive and expensive car park - I would not usually go that far out of my area for work especially if the actual placement is near my home. The actual face to face interview with Reed was easy going and I felt I could be myself. I had to submit some paperwork including credit ref. CRB and CV before visiting their Reading Office. The interview was conducted by two staff, one who is still with them. I then met withtwo different department managers at a special needs school and talked about my background and what I though I could do there. It lead to a long term placement.

    Interview Questions

    • What to you think you can bring to the role? What have you done that is related. Why do you want to work with children who have special educational needs?
      Where can you travel to?   1 Answer
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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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