It is clear by visiting sites such as Linkedin that the number of vacancies in the UK is still rising significantly. According to this organisation, there are currently over 1.7 million open job adverts. This shows a clear overemployment situation, despite the COVID and Brexit post-era. With 69% of employers planning to increase their workforce by the end of the year, organisations must consider the time consumption and resources generated by the hiring process. 
There are currently more than 30,000 recruitment firms across the UK that can help streamline the recruitment procedure and find the perfect candidate for each role. But the challenge comes when employers must choose the right agency to work with. With so many different ones, it can be difficult to identify which one meets the values and requirements your organisation is looking for. 
The first decision you need to make is whether the best option for your organisation is going with a large or a boutique firm. They both offer advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs. A smaller, independent organisation will be able to offer you a personalised treatment, and be on the other side of the phone at any given time. Whilst working with a larger organisation you might end up feeling like any other client. Prices are usually more reasonable with independent firms as their costs are also reduced. If the positions you are trying to fill require head-hunting, a smaller agency would also be a better choice as candidates don’t feel as intimidated when approached by them. 
If you are on the other side of the coin, looking for employment, is it also important to choose which agency could facilitate a speedy job placement depending on your requirements. 
In this article, we have focused on the top 10 largest recruitment agencies in the U.K: 

1 - Hays 

Hays is a leading global brand that works across over 20 different sectors, specialising in IT, finance, constructions and healthcare. Their branches are situated now in 28 countries and 300 locations, with over 6,000 employees in their team. They can offer placements in permanent, contractual or temporary positions. They focus on offering strong customer service. 

2 - Huntress Group 

Focused on the IT, accounting and finance and office fields, their focus is on the specialisation and training of their staff who can offer to find candidates for permanent, temporary or contract roles. They claim to have placed 10,000 candidates with over 1,500 companies since 2000. They have become a trusted recruitment partner in the U.K. thanks to these figures, although they have mixed google reviews. 

3 - Morgan Hunt 

Morgan Hunt is a multi-award-winning recruitment agency with offices in London, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester. They have over 150 employees that work with 2000 different clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors. They started working with the industries of tech, education, finance, charity and social care 25 years ago. 

4 - Propel 

If you are looking for a London-based recruitment agency specialised in the business and tech sector, then Propel could be an option. They work with advertising, marketing, media, fintech, travel, and creative services amongst others. Their website allows candidates to update their CV to be added to their database for any future opportunities. 

5 - Reed 

Reed was established in 1960 and has been assisting both employers and jobseekers since. They provide recruitment solutions across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Their website currently shows that they have over 300 offices worldwide and that they receive hundreds of thousands of applications on a daily basis. Additionally they offer other services such as job posting. 

6 - Blue Arrow 

A well known brand in the UK with 70 office locations, 500 recruiters and roles in the hospitality, transport, manufacturing and production industries. They claim to have placed over 60,000 talents per year since 1959. 

7 - Michael Page 

When it comes to size, Michael Page is undoubtedly one of the largest recruitment agencies in the world. They recruit people for over 25 different disciplines and industries in 32 countries. Interestingly, if you upload your resume, their Job Match tool is said to be able to do the job for you and find relatable jobs based on your experience and skills. 

8 - Nolan Recruitment 

Nolan Recruitment offers over 20 years of experience when it comes to staffing solutions in the UK. They specialise in aviation, automotive, civil engineering, utilities, manufacturing and waste recycling. 

9 - Deerfoot IT Recruitment 

Deerfoot IT Recruitment is a well-established independent recruitment firm specialised in the IT sector in the UK. Their recruiters work with clients within the public sector, SMEs and global organisations. One of their great tools for applicants is the option to upload a cover letter alongside your cv which could help boost your placement opportunities. 

10 - Manpower 

Manpower has been helping organisations and talent for over 70 years worldwide. Their focus is on finding, developing and maintaining workforce for companies utilising the newest technology trends depending on the unemployment demands. 
With UK job opportunities increasing since the end of 2022, looking for the best recruitment firm that adapts to your organisation needs can help you connect with the right talent and get ahead of the competition. If you are a jobseeker, it can also help you connect with the right employers. We at OUTBOX will be happy to assist either way, feel free to reach out to us for a non-commitment chat. 
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