We are an international multi-brand staffing organisation providing permanent and contract staff to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors.
We bring skilled people together to build the future. We do this through our strategic focus on our people, our services and our customers.
We know that you are our greatest strength. Only you can deliver on our promise to our customers to provide them with an excellent service. This is why we're committed to creating an inclusive environment and providing you with the support and systems you need to succeed and grow your career here.
What we do is simple: we find the right roles for the right people in the right places. But it's the way we do it which sets us apart. As one of our recruiters you’re not just filling a role – you’re an industry expert able to provide valuable market insight and care for your customers. You help our candidates to develop innovative strategies to advance their careers and our clients to grow their businesses by bringing in exceptional talent.
Our customers are the companies we work with and the candidates we find career opportunities for; one of the cornerstones of our success is providing a high level service to both. Our multi-brand, multi-sector model means that you can provide a fantastic niche service to your customers. Through building strong relationships, you’re able to act as your customers’ trusted partner – something reflected in our high level of repeat business.
"Our success and growth has been driven by the quality of our people, the training we provide and the loyalty we develop."
Justin Hughes, COO of SThree
Our first business, Computer Futures, opened its first office in London in 1986 with just four members of staff. Today, we are one of the largest IT recruiters in Europe.
Our second specialist brand Progressive opened its doors in London. Today, Progressive operates in countries across four continents, focusing on IT, Engineering, Pharma, Telecoms, Healthcare and Oil & Gas.
As part of SThree's expansion our third business, Huxley Associates, was established in London in 1995. Huxley is now one of the world’s leading recruitment consultancies, specialising in providing staffing and talent solutions to the banking and financial services industry.
In 1998 SThree launched its first European office in Brussels and began its international expansion. We started in the UK but we now generate around two thirds of our business internationally.
In the same year, our fourth main brand Real Staffing opened in London and we expanded our business to Ireland. Today, Real Staffing is an international staffing company specialising in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector.
2002 was the start of our expansion to Germany with our first offices being opened in Frankfurt and Munich followed by four further locations across Germany.
SThree officially floated on the London Stock Exchange on 11th November 2005.
Our first North American office opened in New York in 2006. We now have a large presence in the US, trading as Specialist Staffing Group, with offices in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego and San Francisco.
Shortly after our expansion to the US we opened our first Middle Eastern office in Dubai and our first Asian office in Hong Kong.
Gary Elden was appointed to the board in July 2008, having been with the group since 1990. Gary has held a number of senior positions including that of founding Managing Director of Huxley Associates. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2013.
In 2011, we founded Identity, our own Diversity and Inclusion Programme focused on providing a strategic approach to managing diversity and increasing the awareness of gender diversity and inclusion. Since then we have won a number of diversity awards, including The Times Top 50 Employers for Women and the APSCo Award for Excellence for Diversity & Inclusion.
In 2016, our CEO Gary Elden was awarded an OBE for his achievement and service to Diversity in Business. Just a few months later our commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment was yet again recognised by winning the APSCo Award for Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion.
SThree are extremely proud to have been recognised externally for a number of industry awards including our innovative use of technology, commitment to inclusion and diversity, international expansion and CSR work.
Our CSR programme is about 'Transforming Lives through Skills & Work'. By focusing on what we do best we can achieve more for all involved.
Our employees can use two paid working days to volunteer, with a main focus on ‘Employability and Aspiration’ to nurture the career development of young people.
One of our initiatives is to run workshops to build the attendees’ confidence and skills to find a job.
Mital Jethwa, Recruitment Consultant at SThree, loved leading one of these workshops: “Being able to do this as part of your work makes SThree stand out from other employers. It helped me build my confidence and strengthen my ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people.”
We’re very proud of the fact that our people get involved in arranging and overseeing placements for young people from underprivileged backgrounds, ranging from work experiences to apprenticeships which can even lead to permanent employment.
Every year we take on a new cohort of apprentices to provide them with meaningful paid employment while they work towards an NVQ qualification. We also fund bursaries for university students, with a focus on STEM subjects.
Every scholar is invited to visit our SThree offices and take up work experience.
Our people lead a range of fundraising initiatives including sports tournaments, dress down days and personal challenges to raise money for SOS Children's Villages and help reach our £1m target for the10th anniversary in 2018. Additionally, SThree matches fundraising up to £50k per year.
As part of our partnership with SOS Children we’re sponsoring a house in Zambia providing a home for seven orphans, funding scholarships for African students who grew up in SOS Children Villages and nurturing local partnerships with SOS Children in Germany and the US.
We’re aware of our responsibility as a global organisation to play our part in preserving our planet. That’s why we conduct an annual carbon footprint exercise to monitor our environmental impact and meet legal obligations. We offset our carbon emissions by investing in renewable energy projects.
We also continuously explore new ways to increase efficiency across the organisation to reduce costs, emissions, waste and ensure our employees' time is used effectively by giving them access to Virtual Meeting Rooms.
We look after our people and made Diversity and Inclusion, Developing Talent, and Employee Engagement core parts of our business.
We want to make sure our people’s voices are heard. That’s why we make them part of our annual conferences, launched Employee NPS to capture feedback and nurture various forums.
We’re proud that our achievements in employee engagement, service delivery and diversity have been recognised externally by winning awards such as APSCo Awards for Excellence, Top Employer and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.