Staffing firms made up 10% of the 325 organisations shortlisted across four main shortlists by Best Companies – from the top 100 Small, Mid-sized, and Large businesses to the 25 Best Big Companies to Work For.
Based on an annual survey of employee feedback, the rankings were revealed at the Best Companies Live event, hosted by BBC’s Dan Walker, on Friday 20th May.
Only three staffing firms were shortlisted in the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2021, where organisations must employ between 200 – 1,999 full-time employees and achieve one of the 100 highest BCI scores in the category. These included: Randstad UK (38), gap personnel (56) and Pertemps Recruitment Partnership (93).
Ten made it onto the top 100 Best Mid-sized Companies to Work For 2021, which must have at least 75 full-time employees. These included:
- LHi Group (6)
- Premier Group Recruitment (20)
- Trinnovo Group (27)
- Roc Search (28)
- La Fosse Associates (46)
- Charlton Morris (53)
- Cook Investment Group (62)
- MSI Group (90)
- Prospero Group (94)
- MCG Group (97)
Apprentice training specialist Educ8 Group took the top spot with another training provider for young talent, MPCT, ranked 13. Human capital investment company Bluestones Investment Group (81) also made the list.
Nineteen recruiters made the UK’s 100 Best Small Companies to Work For with at least 25 full-time employees this year. These included:
- Oscar (5)
- Oyster Partnership (12)
- Eton Bridge Partners (14)
- Square One Resources (16)
- SF Recruitment (18)
- Gleeson Recruitment Group (21)
- Eames Consulting Group (35)
- Quanta Consultancy Services (36)
- deverellsmith (38)
- New Street Consulting Group (39)
- Wilton & Bain (41)
- Prime People Plc (44)
- Searchability (45)
- Empiric Solutions (49)
- Boss Professional Services (51)
- Optimus Search (54)
- InterEx Group (56)
- Franklin Fitch (64)
- Leathwaite (95)
A number of talent tech and training firms also made the list. These included: AI-powered matching platform SourceBreaker (10); healthcare recruitment investor Hunter Gatherer Group (17); e-learning provider High Speed Training (19); inhouse recruitment tech provider networx (46); re-skilling and upskilling specialist LifeSkills Solutions (52); and employer brand and recruitment marketing solution Talent Works International (93).
“It’s good to see so many staffing and talent tech firms aspiring to be great employers, demonstrating excellence in employee engagement and showing that the sector practices what it preaches,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners and its TIARA awards programme. “Best company to work for awards enable recruitment firms to differentiate themselves from their competitors to not only win new clients but attract the best candidates and consultants in an intensely competitive market.”