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16 recruitment companies named on Great Place to Work’s 2017 lists

16 recruitment companies have been named on the Best Workplaces™ in the UK small, medium and large lists by Great Place to Work®.

Great Place to Work® UK is part of a global research, consulting and training consultancy that helps organisations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. The methodology behind the ranking is one of the most rigorous available and uniquely comprises both an employee survey and an audit into each organisation’s management and HR practices.

In the small category, McCarthy Recruitment were placed second, Amoria Bond came fourth, Career Moves ranked fifth, Roevin came 14th, Just IT Recruitment listed 21st, New Street listed 22nd and ISL Recruitment ranked 24th.

In the medium category, Goodman Masson listed third, Vibe ranked 19th, Spring Technology came 21st, Office Angels ranked 23rd, Liquid Personnel came 30th, Sellick Partnership listed 39th, Drive Hire ranked 51st and Badenoch & Clark listed 54th.

In the large category, Adecco listed seventh.

Results were announced on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, at a black-tie awards ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza in London. This year over 6,000 organisations were assessed.

Jo Sellick, managing director of Sellick Partnership, commented, “It is incredible to be acknowledged once again by Great Place to Work® as we celebrate our 15th year in business. We are only as good as the people we employ, and we know that by taking care of our employees, we are also taking care of our candidates and clients.

“As a business we are committed to ‘putting people first’ and this starts with our employees. This accolade acknowledges this and is therefore extremely special to us as a business. It also demonstrates our reputation for excellence, innovation and continuous improvement. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Sellick Partnership for their ongoing commitment – we are delighted by the result.”

Henry Keeys, co-founder of ISL Recruitment, said, “Achieving this award now, in our 10th year, means a huge amount. The fact it’s based on anonymous staff surveys means we know we have a genuine thumbs-up to the working environment at ISL - and that’s truly special.”

Chris Chidley, chief executive of Driver Hire owner Specialist People Services, added, “We are incredibly proud of our business and our people, and we make a concerted effort to engage our employees to make sure they are too. Our most recent staff survey showed that 93 per cent of Driver Hire employees are proud to work for us. We will continue to invest in our workplace to make sure this continues.

“We’ve seen significant growth over the past few years and our reputation as an industry leader is in part down to our employees taking pride and care in the work we do. To be recognised as one of the UK’s best workplaces is a great accolade for the positive culture we aim to foster.”

Kate McCarthy, MD at McCarthy Recruitment, commented, “We are delighted to have been recognised by Great Place to Work® as we truly feel that we have a unique work place and culture which is driven through our shared purpose, our values and our people.  We work hard to ensure that our working environment is vibrant, fun and most importantly that it lends itself to fostering an open, honest and respectful culture where ideas can be shared freely.

"At McCarthy, we realise that without an engaged and driven workforce we are nothing it is fantastic to have been acknowledged for our ability to attract and retain great talent, as ultimately, it is our talented employees who drive our business success through providing an excellent service to our Clients.

"We have seen fantastic results during our 12 years in operation, and with 33% year on year growth in the last financial year I am really proud of the team and everything that they have achieved.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Employees at McCarthy for the part they have played in helping us to achieve this accolade as I know that ultimately, this recognition of gaining such a high ranking on our first submission to the awards will enable us to hire more great people, who can enhance our ability to grow further still.”

Graham Jones, chief human resources officer at The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, said, “We are thrilled to achieve these rankings, particularly as they are based on having a trust-based workplace culture. It is a great recognition of the hard work that we put into establishing a unique and supportive environment for our employees – one that is built around mutual trust, empowerment, and of course, fun! We’ll build on our Best Workplace™ foundation by ensuring we continue to value our employees and their opinions, a cornerstone of what makes The Adecco Group UK&I such a great place to work.”

Group MD of Amoria Bond, Dan Daw, added, "As a company that has grown organically over the last 10 years and has deliberately developed a culture that celebrates positivity, success and collaboration, we are delighted that this has been recognised with this result.  We have fostered a work environment that allows our people to be their best in their field of work with support, training and an approach that encourages peak performance."

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Pictured (above left): Ian McMullin, sales and operations director; Eleanor Pugh, people and sales manager; and Ian Hoather, retail recruitment consultant

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