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The Morgan McKinley Group is a globally active recruitment consultancy established in 1988. It connects specialist talent with leading employers across multiple industries and disciplines.

The Group employs more than 800 colleagues across Australia, China ... Read more

Mission: Every organisation needs to have an ambition and something to work towards. We strive to deliver results every time through complete understanding of our client and candidate needs, and by being the best in everything we do.

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  • We recognised International Women's Day this week with #BeBoldForChange video insights, experiences and advice from 18 ladies across our global offices...

    #BeBoldForChange International Women's Day 2017

    Based in various offices across our global business, 18 ladies share their experiences and opinions for the International Women's Day 2017 campaign #BeBoldForChange

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    Life after JET

    Help! I'm looking for a job in Japan after JET, how should I go about it? I took the time recently to interview some of our current employees about their life after JET and how they went about their job search.

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Morgan McKinley – Why Work For Us?

Healthy Working Environment
We respect the work-life balance of our people while recognising that team spirit and a healthy working environment makes people good friends as well as colleagues. Our annual well-being week sees the global teams partake in 5 well-being focussed days with giveaways to win, healthy treats to enjoy, and external speakers / health professionals in our offices to give tips on living a healthier lifestyle!

Our Internal Events 
All of our offices organise a variety of internal events throughout the year, and not a month goes by without one. For example, a regular end-of-quarter social event, Homegrown Talent Days, barbecue nights and the Tag Rugby Leagues (recruitment consultants are competitive by nature; you need to let off some steam now and again!) View our latest event photo's here.

Community / Charity
We all know the importance of putting back into the community that we live and work in. That’s why at every office we have around the world we all take the time to raise money and sponsor charities to help reshape our community.
At the start of 2016 we set ourselves a new goal: to enhance our CSR efforts across our global business. Our challenge as an organisation is to contribute the equivalent of a million euros to charities and worthy causes across the Morgan McKinley global footprint of offices by the end of 2018. We call it the Morgan McKinley Million.
In short it is about harnessing the collective goodwill and team spirit of our 800 people to do more by going beyond to improve the lives of others. In order for us to do this we have to push ourselves well beyond what we have done in the past.To put into context, this will be at least 10 times more than we have done in the last 3 years! So we organised teams in every country: Ireland, UK, France, China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia to really start planning, and on the 5th July 2016 we launched the initiative across our Global business.
From the UK to Australia and Tokyo to Singapore, we all participate in a range of events and fundraisers, and you can be a part of it too! We’ve partnered with charities such as Unicef (Hong Kong), Bliss (UK), Careers Ready (UK), River of Hearts (Shanghai), and Lou's Place (Australia), to name just a few. Our staff have participated in Nuts Challenge obstacle courses, Sorting Days, marathons, and bake sales to raise money for those in need.
Have a look at some of our events that we’ve done around the world and see how you could take part when you work at Morgan McKinley.


About Morgan McKinley

What could be more satisfying and worthwhile than helping people to find the best way forward in their professional careers? A successful career enables people to achieve their ambitions and find happiness for themselves and their families.

Morgan McKinley is a professional recruitment and talent management company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland, EMEA and Asia Pacific. 

Morgan McKinley is a people business. Our attitude to our employees is expressed in the phrase, “You are more”. What we mean by that is, quite simply, that we will give you the space to grow in your role at the company. And that applies whatever your background as a career starter, career changer, experienced recruiter or a group support specialist.

Our promise to our candidates

You can get the best advice for your career at Morgan McKinley. We take the time to listen to your long term goals and provide you with honest feedback to help you realise them. Over the years many people have progressed their careers with us internationally and our global presence gives us insight into domestic and international markets. We specialise in accounting & finance, banking & financial services, engineering, IT, HR, sales & marketing, science, supply chain and tax.

Our Global Reach

Morgan McKinley is a global organisation with over 800 staff spanning across 16 offices in 9 countries. We have offices in Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, and the UK, giving us thorough coverage of all the markets in which we operate. 

Step into any one of our offices and you will find a multinational and multicultural team, and a vibrant atmosphere. 

Why companies choose to work with us

We believe our exceptional track record only remains as good as our last assignment. We always strive to be the best and to create an original solution for every recruitment mandate, regardless of level, length of contract or salary. Our proven techniques have often been adopted as industry standards, but it is the human element that sets us apart. We take the time to understand our clients’ needs and our candidates’ career ambitions to produce the ideal result for both parties. This collaborative approach results in committed, long-term relationships. We also offer employers an end-to-end recruitment solution known as Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).


Why not head over to our dedicated careers site, to read more on what we’ve been up to around the globe, what it’s like to work here and to send us your CV.


Andrea Webb | People Director

I hold the position of People Director at Morgan McKinley. I was appointed to the role in Summer 2013, having previously supported both our UK and Asia Pacific operations for over six years in the role of HR Manager. 

My passion is people, so there is no better place to work than here, which is all about people! At Morgan McKinley we believe we have the opportunity to improve the careers of the people we work with, our candidates. Peoples’ work is hugely important. It leads to them being able to achieve their ambitions, and we act in a critical advisory capacity in this important part of peoples’ lives. If you want to be part of an organisation that improves peoples’ lives, this could be the place for you!

We are also critically focused on improving the lives of our employees by providing fulling and rewarding careers. Joining Morgan McKinley means 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 - we develop them to be specialists in their discipline so we can provide the best possible service to our customers.

Anouska Serich | Talent Acquisition: Hong Kong, China & Japan

I am part of the Global Talent Acquisition team specializing in recruiting talented individuals to work in our offices in Hong Kong, China and Japan. I speak, read and write advanced Japanese and read and speak basic Mandarin Chinese and have previously lived in Japan and Taiwan.

We pride ourselves on being a career ally to all of our candidates throughout their career as well as providing a high level of customer service to our clients. As for the people you will work with here at Morgan McKinley, everyone is friendly, open to have a chat and our 'Free Friday' events in London at the end of every quarter are legendary. From day one you will be valued and supported in your career development.

Kirstine Forrester | Talent Acquisition: Sydney & Singapore

I am currently based in Sydney where I look after the hiring needs of both our Sydney and Singapore offices.

I studied Law and graduated from University in 2010 in Glasgow before taking on a graduate recruitment role in the UK. I then decided to move to the sunnier climates of Australia over a year ago where I continued in a recruitment role before joining Morgan McKinley. My role is to network and source candidates with a range of experience from interns, graduates and career changers, who have limited exposure to the recruitment world but have key transferable skills, through to experienced consultants who are looking for a change and that next step in their career.

My top tip: Recruitment can be a demanding yet highly rewarding career with unlimited options depending on your own personal and career aspirations.


Michelle Donohoe | Talent Acquisition: Ireland

On joining Morgan McKinley I was looking for my next challenge. With my background in sales & HR I thought a busy and rewarding role within Recruitment would be just the challenge I was looking for. I was delighted with my decision and have loved every minute! Since December 2015 I moved into the People team and I am now one of the Talent Acquisitions Specialist for Morgan McKinley.

My advice is always be prepared! For many people the interview process can be the most daunting part of the job seeking process. However, you can raise your confidence and improve your performance if you are aware of what to expect and what is expected of you. Preparation is key to a successful interview. 

Katie Instone | Talent Acquisition: UK

I’m based in London where I am responsible for business partnering with Managers, Operational Directors and the COO in attracting and recruiting employees for Morgan McKinley’s UK offices - London, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley. I have previous experience working across multiple divisions including Business Support, Finance and Human Resources. My experience within recruitment has allowed me to understand the benefits, rewards and challenges associated with a recruitment career.

Preparation is crucial when applying for any role. Here at Morgan McKinley we are looking for people who are self-motivated, entrepreneurial and determined to be the best they can be. To work at Morgan McKinley it is not essential for you to have experience in recruitment however you must explore our company, the culture and values.

At Morgan McKinley we recruit first rate people who in turn recruit top talent for our clients. Our basic philosophy is to identify individuals with the right qualities to be great recruitment consultants, induct them in our Morgan McKinley values, and then empower them to serve, to specialise and to lead. If we decide to work together at Morgan McKinley it will be, first and foremost, because we believe you share the core beliefs and behaviours that are fundamental to our organisation:


Always Building Trust

“I always act with integrity and respect and do the right thing.” We build trust because our reputation depends on it, and our reputation means everything. The key word here is always. We always do the right thing.

Always Committed

“I believe in what we are doing and I give my best every day.”  We show commitment. That means we give our very best and we see things through. As a top racing driver once said, “To finish first, you must first finish.”

Always Communicating

“I engage in open, honest, two-way, timely communications internally and externally.”  We always communicate. With colleagues, with clients, with candidates. Above all that means listening. Sometimes the most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. Sensitivity and empathy are the keys to our success.

Always Embracing Change

“In an ambitious company, I recognise change is essential and I am open to it.”  We enjoy getting out of our comfort zone. There’s nothing “routine” about the way we do things at Morgan McKinley. Whereas our competitors will say “We’ve always done it that way”, at Morgan McKinley we say, “If you always do what you’ve done, you’ll always get what you’ve got.” Recruitment is a competitive business and this means we need to stretch beyond the traditional boundaries.

Have you ever thought about taking your career overseas? That's one of the great advantages of working in a business like ours, with it's scale and global reach. For anyone considering an international move, maybe not now, but perhaps in the future, you should speak with a member of our Talent Acquisition team. They can share their valuable knowledge and expertise about Morgan McKinley's various office locations globally, and talk you through the support provided by the company to help facilitate such moves.

We have many great examples of where an international move has enhanced someone's career. This video showcases James Sherwood, Senior Consultant based in our Sydney office, sharing his journey within Morgan McKinley which has seen him transfer his career from London to Sydney…

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    Morgan McKinley has global presence, but it is not one of the largest recruitment firm around.
    The aim is not to become the largest, but provide the best service to the area we are operating.
    I believe our Banking & Financial Service recruiters are the best in the Tokyo Market.

    Some of the factors which makes us different is ;
    Long Term Strategy ( Discussing our business plan for 2020 currently )
    Flat culture ( easy access to senior management, including our CEO )
    Consultative approach ( Not CV factory )
    Team based culture ( No candidate ownership policy )
    Great Training ( Junior level to even MD level )
    Diversity ( Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Bangladesh, American in the same team )
    CSR Commitment ( participate FIT for Charity Run every year etc )

    And Morgan McKinley Tokyo offers great social life.
    Monthly Free Friday, BBQ in the roof top garden in the office, Incentive trips to enjoy Surf ( beach at Guam ) & Turf ( ski at Nozawa Oncen, Nagano ) etc.

    We know each other well, and we go out a lot together.
    We work hard, we party harder.


    As Tokyo team grew, the office space is limited for everyone.
    But, I am aware the senior management team are discussing the plan to solve.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep the great vision and values we have.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Morgan McKinley.


    Whole process took a month:
    First I did an interview over the phone, very positive...
    A month later, I received an email to attend an onsite interview in Shanghai...
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Morgan McKinley Awards & Accolades

  • Best L&D Organisation (Medium sized), Irish Institute of Training and Development Awards, 2016
  • Best Medium Workplaces in Ireland 2016, Great Place to Work, 2016
  • Best Talent Search Service Provider in Greater China, Best HR Service Providers in Greater China, 2016
  • The Best International Recruitment Company of the Year, Recruitment International, 2016
  • The Banking Recruitment Company of the Year, Recruitment International Asia (Tokyo), 2016
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