our global history

This is a story about entrepreneurship, dedication and job satisfaction. It is a story that links the first perfect match in 1960 with the company’s mission today – to become the most recommended recruitment consultancy in the UK and shape the world of work globally.

Back in 1960, the world of Randstad was no more than one old bicycle, two student rooms and 500 Dutch guilders. But Frits Goldschmeding (founder) and Ger Daleboudt had big plans.

They believed that the labour market could be different and better - more flexible – and that temporary labour was the means to achieving that.

Their dream became a reality. Within ten years, Randstad had established branches in four countries, and has now become one of the most recognised recruitment agencies in the world.

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Randstad in the UK

Randstad’s journey in the UK began in 1964 with the opening of our first office on Wigmore Street in London. Over the years, we grew from strength to strength and established a strong UK market share.

But it was Randstad’s acquisition of competitor recruitment group Vedior in 2008 that positioned Randstad as one of the top recruitment consultancies in the UK. Buying Vedior meant that Randstad now owned a number of specialist recruitment firms with niche expertise and an equally strong legacy of high quality service delivery.

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Randstad UK as specialists

Our past acquisitions and current focus on building teams with highly specialist knowledge in recruiting for a particular job function, industry sector or location supports our positioning as a specialist recruiter.

Despite our size and global scope, we pride ourselves on our ability to work at a specialist level – ensuring our ‘people on the ground’ are fully equipped with extensive knowledge in your market.

Our core specialisms (with offices based across the UK) include:

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our sponsorships

We think it’s important to work alongside likeminded companies and lend our expertise to projects that are particularly close to our hearts.

  • We partner with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) - helping to support sustainability and fight poverty around the world.
  • We partner with the Williams Martini Racing team – sharing a high performance culture and a focus on team performance.
  • We built the Clipper Stad Amsterdam which plays a special role in helping prepare people for successful careers.
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our ethos – from Mark Bull

“As a leading UK and international recruiter and HR service provider, professional fulfilment, both in terms of the employee and the employer, is pivotal to the ongoing success of our business.

"Our job is to understand not only the needs of a particular organisation in terms of talent; it is to understand what makes people feel professionally fulfilled in their career.

"Central to achieving this is placing the right person in the right job; whether this is ensuring it’s the right industry, specific role, location, or the type of contract most suitable for each individual.

"No two individuals will have exactly the same formula of factors that will represent the ideal role for them. So we work hard at Randstad to offer a specialist approach tailored to every individual client and candidate.”

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Are you ambitious, determined, and looking to join a company that supports your aspirations and rewards your efforts?

We’re always on the look-out for high performers with varying levels of experience.

So whether you’re looking for your first job in a head office or support role, or are an experienced recruitment consultant looking for your next challenge, we have a variety of roles available across the country so you’re bound to find something to suit you.

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