About Hays

Work is a central part our lives and our economies. For employees, it has a significant impact on life-quality. For employers, the talent attracted and retained influences business performance. It is a fascinating world that is constantly evolving in response to a range of factors – the economy, geo-politics as well as latest technological developments.

The Viewpoint is a barometer for what is current and worth knowing in the world of work whether that is the latest employment trends, the drivers behind them, or their impact on the labour market.

We have created this site for our clients and candidates. Our aim is for you to benefit from the knowledge we derive through our active presence in over 30 countries working across more than 20 professional specialisms.

Please interact with us by leaving a comment, asking a question, or suggesting a topic. We are looking forward to developing The Viewpoint with you.

Our Markets

Over the past 20 years we have built a broad-based and global platform to support and drive rapid growth. We have diversified into new geographies and new sector specialisms, primarily through organic replication of our business, supplemented by strategic bolt-on acquisitions.

In 2011 we opened new operations in the USA, Mexico and Colombia and in 2012 we have launched new businesses in Chile and most recently Malaysia, our 33rd Country of Operation.

Exiting the financial year ended June 2013, more than two-thirds of the Group’s net fees were generated outside the UK & Ireland.

To learn more about our global footprint, and find links to each of our international businesses, please visit our global operations page.

Our History

Hays’ Specialist Recruitment business was founded as the Career Care Group in 1969 by former CEO Denis Waxman. This business was acquired by Hays plc in 1986, the Specialist Recruitment business forming part of the diversified larger Hays group.

In March 2003, Hays announced that, following a strategic review, it intended to reposition itself as a pure-play specialist recruitment business and that the company would dispose of all non-core business, including its Commercial and Logistics operations.

In November 2004 Hays demergered its mail business, DX Services plc, which represented the final significant step in the transformation of Hays into a pure-play specialist recruitment business and Hays has now been trading as a specialist recruitment group since this period.

In November 2007 Denis Waxman retired after nearly 40 years with the specialist recruitment business of Hays. Denis was succeeded by Alistair Cox who became Chief Executive of Hays plc in November 2007.

Our Business

We are leading global experts in qualified, professional and skilled recruitment. Last year our experts placed around 67,000 people into permanent jobs and around 220,000 people into temporary assignments.

We employ 9,214 staff in 252 offices across 33 countries and 20 specialisms.

Every day we help clients simultaneously dealing with talent shortages in certain markets, while having to reshape workforces in others. The nature of employment is also changing fast, with technological advances driving evolutions in the way people work. We understand these complexities and are uniquely positioned across our markets to solve them.

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