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Robert Walters Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (RWA)
Staffing & Outsourcing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Over the last 32 years Robert Walters has grown and so have our ambitions. We now have a global presence in 28 countries and employ over 3,700 talented people. Businesses world-wide rely on us to find the very best specialist professionals to drive their business forward. Why ... Read more

Mission: We don't aim to be the biggest recruitment consultant but we do aim to be the best. We help businesses build powerful teams that deliver against exceptionally high standards by holding ourselves up to those same values. Quality and integrity are our watchwords ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Want a career with fast progression and excellent earning potential? Hear from Kayte Short about why recruitment was the right choice for her.

    Rewarding careers at Robert Walters

    After joining Robert Walters in 2010 as a consultant, Kayte Short has worked her way up the career ladder and now heads up our financial services division in Birmingham. We caught up with Kayte to discuss her career progression and achievements.

  • Want a career with international opportunities? Oliver Sexton explains how working in recruitment has helped him see the world.

    My international recruitment career

    Oliver Sexton recruited in London and New York before joining Robert Walters in San Francisco. He shares his insights on the different markets, as well as some advice for anyone considering a career in recruitment. Recruiting is a people business.

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Robert Walters – Why Work For Us?

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Giles Daubeney


"OUR STORY begins in 1985, when our CEO Robert Walters opened the first office in central London. Rob has led the company ever since and has the same passion and commitment today.

Over the last 32 years the company has grown and so have our ambitions. We now have offices across 28 countries and employ over 3,700 people. It’s a powerful success story. 

We also have a specialist recruitment outsourcing business, called Resource Solutions, and Walters People - a temporary recruitment company operating in Europe.

Companies and organisations rely on us to find high quality professionals for a range of roles in accountancy and finance, banking and financial services, legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, sales, secretarial and business support, and tax and treasury. Professionals who are looking for a new role, whether it’s on a permanent, interim or contract basis, trust us to find them their ideal job. 

We haven’t grown by snapping up our rivals, we’ve done it by making sure we deliver on our promises. And that’s meant more companies and professionals want to work with us. Quality and integrity are our watchwords.

We like to think we’re different. Here’s why:

  • We have specialist teams who are experts in their area. Whether they are recruiting in accountancy and finance or the legal sector, you won’t find them working in areas outside their field of expertise.
  • We don’t operate on a commission basis, but instead rely on teamwork to ensure the right person is placed in the right job.
  • If you register with us, we will never send out your CV without your permission. Quite simply, we don’t think it’s right. 
  • We don’t recruit for the Big 4 accountancy firms or Magic Circle law firms. That way there’s no conflict of interest when we place recently qualified professionals. 
  • We don’t want to be the largest professional recruitment business. We want to be the best. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far.

But we don’t look backwards - we are always innovating. Here are some examples:

  • We were the first recruitment consultancy to launch a recruitment outsourcing business.We were the first to launch a Global Salary Survey - a comprehensive 400-page guide to salary and contract rates around the world.
  • We were the first to launch a salary checker app for iPhone and have launched a Manga interview guide app. 
  • We sponsor and support a wide range of initiatives from the Saatchi Gallery in London to the North Bondi Life Saving Club in Australia and MacMillan Cancer Support.

I believe that Robert Walters is something special. But I and others in the company never forget that the most important person to us is you - whether you’re a hiring manager or a jobseeker." 

At Robert Walters we like to do things differently. This starts with our non-commission model which is key to our team-based ethos. Commission based environments can encourage people to look out for themselves, whereas at Robert Walters, whilst an individual’s contribution is critical, everyone gets rewarded as a team - it’s at the heart of our business.

If you are interested in a career with international opportunities, best in class training, excellent remuneration and the chance to be your own boss, find out more about careers with us:

Our philosophy is to provide continuous professional development to all staff with the aim of growing our future leaders from within. From the start of your career we provide structured training programmes on all aspects of becoming a successful consultant as well as mentoring from senior members of staff, peer learning and specially commissioned video-based learning.

Comprehensive induction training covers group values, diversity and the provision of high quality service to clients and candidates. Find out more about our training: 

Watch Oliver Harris talk about about how we develop our staff

Our international mobility programme underpins our strategy for sustainable growth and allows us to replicate our core values across our office network. The programme offers our successful people the chance to transfer to any of our global businesses - providing valuable international exposure. 

In the last five years we have had 150 staff move internationally within the company. Find out more about international careers with us: 

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    Current Employee - Vice President Technical Recruitment in San Francisco, CA
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    I started my career as a Recruitment Consultant at Robert Walters more than a decade ago. I decided to join Robert Walters because their profesionalism, infrastructure and support for someone coming into the industry with no recruitment experience but most importantly for their training and development.

    Robert Walters offered me a career not just a job and the opportunity to work overseas if I was interested.

    I started my career as a consultant in Australia and moved my way up to Director level. After several years in our Sydney office I had the opportunity to move to San Francisco to start a new discipline within the business.

    Lot's of people ask me why I have stayed with Robert Walters for so many years and my response has been always the same. What makes Robert Walters different to other businesses is their people!


    The San Francisco market works very different than the rest of the world and the way that Robert Walters operate globally its very different than this market however there has been a lot of changes so the business is operating with the market standards.

    Advice to Management

    To continue listening to the employees and take the feedback onboard

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Robert Walters Photos

Robert Walters photo of: Charity Day bake sale
Robert Walters photo of: Our staff in Hong Kong take part in a sport session in aid of Fior di Loto
Robert Walters photo of: Our Wellington team dresses up for their Amazing Race fundraiser on Global Charity Day
Robert Walters photo of: Global Charity Day hulu-hoop challenge
Robert Walters photo of: Our Belgium team get ready to run 20 km in Paris
Robert Walters photo of: Our Japan team strike their best pose on Charity Day 2017
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Robert Walters Interviews



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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Robert Walters (New York, NY).


    The whole process lasted around 2-3 hours. Spoke to the head of the internship program and 3 managing directors. Extremely in-depth behavioral/situational questions, you need to show you did your research on the company and the field of recruitment consulting (they will keep probing you until you give a well supported answer)
    Tiring, but enjoyable. Everyone was friendly/easy to talk to

    Interview Questions

    • Why recruitment consulting?
      Why RW?
      Describe a time you had to sell something
      What are the top 3 qualities you need to be a successful recruiter   Answer Question
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Robert Walters Awards & Accolades

  • Best use of Social Media, Global Recruiter Industry Awards, 2017
  • LinkedIn Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agencies, LinkedIn, 2017
  • Best International Recruitment Company, Recruitment International Awards, 2013
  • Best Recruitment Agency Marketing Team, Recruiter Awards for Excellence, 2014
  • Best Agency for Online Services, The National Recruitment Federation Awards, 2011
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