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Hays plc Overview

Website www.hays.com
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1969
Type Company - Public (HAS)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Hays is the world’s leading specialist recruiting firm. We have 47 years of experience and a network of more than 235 offices in 33 countries. Our team of over 8,000 people share ideas and knowledge to deliver consistently outstanding results.

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Mission: We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. By truly understanding our clients and candidates, locally and globally, we help people and companies achieve a lasting impact.

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Hays plc – Why Work For Us?

What makes us unique as an employer?

As the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work, we power the world of work by truly understanding our clients and candidates, locally and globally, and by providing deep expertise across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors. The trusted consultancy service we offer our customers, both clients and candidates, helps them achieve lasting impact and that is what makes us unparalleled recruiters.

Last year, we helped hundreds of thousands of people across 33 countries find temporary and permanent positions. At Hays we share a commitment to helping people, companies and industries to progress over the long-term.

That's why we want the very best people to join our business experts who are driven to help individuals, companies and industries to develop and prosper to. That's why we want the very best people to join our business; people who are driven to help individuals, companies and industries to develop and prosper.

We operate in a high performance environment and our internal company culture is fast-paced and dynamic. At Hays we grow our own, and describe our culture as a meritocracy, a high performance culture that promotes and rewards individuals based on the merit of their performance. As the leading recruiting experts, we have high expectations of our people and invest heavily in their learning and development.

Our company values determine the attitude, skills and qualities we look for in our people:

Our greatest asset is our people. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most experienced people in the industry. As a business, our success is based on our people.

Hays is the largest and most successful specialist recruitment agency in the world and that gives us a clear advantage over our competitors. Our people constantly strive to develop their skills and knowledge. Our consultants are genuine experts in recruiting, for whom recruiting is a passion and a professional skill to be perfected over time.

We understand that it is essential to truly understand our clients' businesses to deliver the best results and we actively support our consultants to further deepen their knowledge in the industry sectors or professions they recruit in.

It's our expertise that makes us unique.

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As the world’s leading specialist recruitment firm, we match thousands of the right candidates to the right roles and organisations every single day. We believe we are an expert in this globally. We specialise in 20 different business, functional and industry sectors, which we refer to as ‘specialisms’. 

All our professionally trained recruitment consultants work within a specialism, focusing and developing expert knowledge specific to their field: knowing the roles available, the leading companies, the skills required, and the key people involved.

Our role as recruiting experts

Our recruiting experts quickly start to manage client and candidate portfolios and as a business we have very high expectations in terms of customer experience. To support these expectations we actively seek out truly entrepreneurial people who are passionate about what they do. 

With the benefit of our industry-leading training, our consultants use their expertise and market knowledge to help place the thousands of candidates we see every day in the right role with the right firm, and to help those companies find the right staff for their vacancies.

Our consultants work in close partnership with key decision makers at a senior level within their specialism and within the business. These relationships help them understand what both parties are really looking for, which is the key to effective recruitment. The relationships they develop with candidates and clients alike are absolutely vital to their own success and the success of our business. 

Demanding yet rewarding

A career in recruitment at Hays is ideal for someone who is very ambitious and hard working. Our atmosphere is dynamic and challenging in every sense and as a recruiting expert in Hays UK you’ll be expected to win new business and constantly deliver results against targets. 

If you are ready to power your career we are willing to commit to your own development, Hays is the place to be. 

Have you got what it takes?. Try the Hays Challenge.

Hays’ company culture is dynamic, fast-paced and incredibly rewarding. As a business, we have four core values that define and guide everything we do. They are also the characteristics demonstrated by our peopole.


As experts across 20 different industry sectors, we have a deep and broad understanding of our markets and the people within them. Everyone at Hays shares their knowledge with clients and candidates across our expanding network.

We are looking to develop experts who:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the nature of the industry and the commercial reality of achieving business outcomes

  • Communicate succinctly to achieve the desired result

  • Persuasively communicate a point of view

  • Display confidence when interacting with people

  • Accept responsibility regardless of outcome

  • Identify business opportunities

Passionate about people

Recruitment is a people business and we put the creation of valuable, lasting relationships at the top of our priorities. It’s the only way to find the right person for the right job. We want to help people fulfil their potential and be all that they can be. We fundamentally believe that the right move can transform lives and careers.

We are looking for people who are passionate about people by:

  • Building strong, lasting relationships and engages people

  • Working effectively as part of a team

  • Demonstrating a strong results focus to transform lives and business

  • Showing pride in and commitment to delivering a high quality of service on behalf of Hays


Excelling in recruitment is all about being curious about people and about the worlds in which they work

We are looking for personalities who:

  • Demonstrate a keen curiosity to learn more about people and business

  • Ask effective questions and listen attentively

  • Commit to growing commercial recruitment knowledge

  • Seek and take feedback on board to improve performance

  • Show a willingness to learn from mistakes


 We are a results-orientated business, which means we're incredibly driven.  We have energy and dynamism and we're ambitious for clients, candidates and our team.  We truly believe that the right kind of recruitment can have positive impact on everyone's lives. 

We are looking for ambitious individuals who exhibit: 

  • An unquestionable desire to achieve results and operate in a high performance culture

  • A commercial and proactive commitment to winning business

  • An ability to present a persuasive argument to achieve a win/win situation

  • A persistent approach when under pressure

  • An unquestionable initiative to achieve results

  • Resilience to working in a challenging environment

  • Strong sales drive to achieve the best and become number one

We reward individuals based on performance and merit

If you’re interested in financial rewards, you should know that our recruitment consultants are only limited by their own success. As a continually expanding international company, we will give you every opportunity to develop your career locally and globally. We are committed to developing our staff to help them achieve their ambitions. We offer an excellent range of benefits for eligible employees to enhance working life.

We create our future leaders

Our training programmes will build your sales and recruiting expertise so you can achieve and enjoy a lasting and rewarding career.

The training at Hays is widely recognised as the industry's best. No matter what your background, you will experience a steep learning curve on your journey to become a recruiting expert. We want you to be extremely successful, so we support your development with formal classroom training and on-the-job coaching from experienced colleagues throughout your career.

The recruitment industry is demanding, competitive and fast paced. It is an environment that offers constant change and challenge to all of our employees. But if you're a talented person and driven to proactively build and manage lasting customer relationships and contribute to winning teams, a wealth of personal growth and development opportunities are there for the taking.

At Hays we are committed to promoting from within. The company offers opportunities for advancement both across the group and in our overseas offices. At Hays promotion is based solely on merit and high achievers can expect to be rapidly promoted to a significant level of responsibility across our specialist areas.

Wherever you are in the world, there’s a Hays office close by. We have over 244 offices across 33 countries. If we’re not operating in your country yet, then there’s every chance we may be opening there in the future – a great opportunity to get in from the start.

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    A great 10 years!

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    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 10 years)


    Great training, from day 1 I have felt like I am running my own business with the support of a Plc. Progression is there for anyone who wants it and I love that I have complete control over my pay - if I stay late I am rewarded.


    Long hours but that would be the same anywhere in the industry and don't see this as too much of a downside as i see the reward in my pay!

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Hays plc.


    Applied online, got an email for a phone interview (consisted of behavioral questions and a casual role play), had another phone interview (behavioral questions based on the 4 core values), was set up for an assessment center via Skype. Waiting to hear back from them about the result. Best preparation I can recommend is to a) do extensive research about Hays and its services b) anticipate the interviewer fighting you back during the assessment center - be prepared to provide alternate solutions or persuasive arguments at every step of the way.

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Hays plc Awards & Accolades

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  • Employees’ Choice Award (Best Places to Work across the U.S. and the UK), Glassdoor, 2015
  • Top Company For Graduates To Work For, The Job Crowd, 2015
  • Best Undergraduate Employer, Rate My Placement, 2015
  • Citizenship Initiative of the Year, Barclays, 2015
  • Best Contingency Recruitment Firm, Here Is The City, 2014
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