Our History

Sir Alec Reed founded Reed Specialist Recruitment in 1960 and it continues to be a family owned business with Alec’s son, James, now as Group Chairman. Reed has grown organically over the last 61 years to become the UK’s largest, and most recognised, privately owned recruitment business. Outside of the UK, Reed currently has offices in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, South Korea, Malta, Poland and Turkey.

We are a leading provider of staffing and resourcing solutions through our nationwide branch network of specialist recruitment divisions, and through Reed Screening, which provides the full range of compliance and vetting services.

Reed Specialist Recruitment is supported by sister companies which are both market leaders in their own right. Reed Online is a leading provider in the field of candidate attraction and online job board advertising (reed.co.uk), and Reed in Partnership is a leading welfare to work provider.

Reed Specialist Recruitment

Reed acts as a sole or preferred supplier into thousands of agreements with companies of all sizes throughout the UK. Thanks to our network of 90+ UK offices, we cover every UK location, as well as several locations across Europe and Asia. We provide our national accounts with the following benefits:

  • Cost savings – significant savings due to efficient processes
  • Consultants – 1,319 UK consultants specialising in one of 20 market sectors
  • Consistency – assured quality, thanks to our robust selection process
  • Control – regulated supply channels and detailed management information

We provide all of our national accounts with a dedicated Account Manager to oversee the partnership and ensure that we maintain high fill rates. Our Account Managers form close relationships with our clients, getting to know the ins and outs of their business and daily resourcing challenges so we can advise them on how best to attract quality candidates.

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