Hays celebrates 50th anniversary


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The business began its life in 1968, based in a small office in London with just a handful of employees. The company is now a FTSE 250 business, operating out of 250 offices, across 33 countries and with over 10,000 employees.

Alistair Cox, Hays CEO, commented, “This is such a proud moment for our business and it provides us the opportunity to reflect on our history and how much the business has changed in that time. From our beginnings as a small UK-based business, to the world’s largest specialist recruiter today, it’s quite an extraordinary journey. It’s also a real testament to the hard work of thousands of people over the years. This anniversary also gives us the chance to look forward to the future and use the lessons we have learnt over the years to ensure we’re best placed to make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

On average, Hays conducts 45,000 face-to-face interviews every month and fills 1,000 jobs around the world every working day. To build such scale, the company has invested heavily in its workforce, as well as embracing evolving technologies and digital platforms, including partnerships with Google, SEEK, Xing and LinkedIn - with over 2 million followers on the social networking site. Hays is also the Official Recruitment Partner of Manchester City FC and Manchester City’s Women’s FC.

Alistair added, “It is a huge endorsement to our company that we have so many long serving employees. The heart of a business is its people and our dedicated staff have played a big part in what has made us so successful over the past 50 years. We look forward to not only celebrating this huge occasion with our employees, but with clients and candidates too.”

Hays Middle East

Within the Middle East, Hays first launched in 2005 and from its offices in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it employs over 40 recruitment consultants, specialising across 18 different industries. Chris Greaves, Managing Director of the region comments:

“We are delighted to have hit such a significant milestone as a business. Our years of experience and global presence put us at a significant advantage against other recruitment agencies in the Middle East, as we are able to leverage our breadth and depth of expertise to ensure that we provide first-class service to our clients based on their individual needs.

“Many of our recruitment consultants have also benefited from Hays strongly established presence, having gained experience in different markets and locations that the company operates in. As such, they have the knowledge and passion that make them true experts in their respective fields.”