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30 recruitment companies place on Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies list

Best Companies has released its Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For in 2016 list, revealing 30 recruitment companies were included this year.

Phaidon International topped the list of recruitment companies, placing at 2. Opus Professional Services Group was at six, while Roc Search was at eight.

La Fosse Associates placed 11th, Premier Group Recruitment listed 15th, while Oakleaf Partnership was close behind in 16th place.

Gemini People also appeared 21st in the list, Austin Fraser at 23rd, Liquid Personnel was 24th and CBSbutler was 25th.

30th was Empiric, Tate was 36th and in 37th place was Stott and May. First in for the suppliers was Bullhorn in 44th place.

Outplacement support consultancy Lee Hecht Harrison listed 48th, Penta Consulting 52nd, TFS Healthcare 55th and Aspire 64th.

BCL Legal listed 65th, Celsian Education 67th and Orion Electrotech Limited 68th.

X4 Group made the list in position 71, Argyll Scott at 75 and Thorn Baker at 76.

SG Group placed in 82nd place, Macdonald & Company 86th, Consol Partners Ltd 88th and Cobalt Recruitment was in at 90.

Resourcing Group was 94th, eResponse Recruitment Group placed in 96th place and Oliver James Associates listed at 100.

Darren Ryemill, chief executive officer of Opus, said, “In 2015, we placed second out of over 500 companies who completed the survey and have since more than doubled our workforce, so to place 6thX is an incredible achievement. We have been able to rapidly grow our business whilst still maintaining an excellent company culture.”

Michelle Watson, chief executive officer of Gemini People, said, “We are extremely proud of our ongoing success in the Sunday Times Top 100 and Best Companies awards. To be included again this year with a three-star accreditation is a true reflection on the engagement of our staff who voted us back on to the list. I’m proud to be part of a company that has developed a diverse and gender-balanced workplace with such a unique and inspiring culture. As a business we will continue to invest in our employees and continue to look for ways to improve our employee engagement.”

Stephen Stott, chief executive officer and founder of Stott and May, said,  “At Stott and May, we’ve put employee engagement at the heart of our business strategy. You can’t be successful without happy people and we are delighted to be recognised by the Sunday Times in this way. Over the past six years, we’ve enjoyed tremendous success and rapid growth, and that’s entirely because we put our staff first. Clients are important, as are candidates, but if our employees aren’t stimulated by their working environment, we’ll never do justice by either.”

Peter Linas, Bullhorn international MD, said, “We are so proud to be recognised by The Sunday Times as a top employer. We have experienced huge growth over the last year, and this couldn’t have been achieved without our fully engaged, committed, and incredibly hard working staff base. We understand that a company can’t hope to be successful without ensuring its people are happy and healthy first!”

Premier’s director, Ben Broughton, said, “The results of this survey and listings are based on what our employees say about the organisation, it is a superb accolade to say we are the only business to have been placed so high for the last four years running.  As we continue to grow every single month these awards and accolades show that we are maintaining the quality and high standards that makes Premier such a great place to work.” 

Published on a yearly basis, the list uses criteria such as office culture, staff benefits, and employee wellbeing to gauge quality of workplace engagement.

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