Graduate Recruitment Agencies

Graduate Recruitment Agencies

Graduate Recruitment Agencies help recent graduates to find roles. They will usually work with a wide selection of clients, to whom they help to fill vacancies. They receive their commission off the Employer when they make a placement. This is usually a percentage of the starting salary.

The usual process of working with a graduate recruitment agency is this. You, the candidate, will email in or upload your CV. Perhaps you’ll apply for a job. You will get a response email. A recruitment consultant should call you or arrange a time for a call. On the call they will be interviewing you, but also finding out more about what you are looking for. They might ask you in for a face to face interview. However this is more the case with local recruitment agencies. If they do have a job role for you they might ask you to come in to meet them first, but this isn’t always the case.

Graduate Recruitment Agencies

Here is a selection of the most popular UK graduate recruitment agencies. They might not be purely for recent graduates, but do recruit for the graduate sector.

Featured Graduate Recruitment Agencies.

STEM Graduates.
One of the UK’s leading graduate recruitment agencies for students and graduates who have studied a Science, IT, Engineering or Mathematics degree subject.

Graduate Recruitment Agencies Dedicated To Graduates & Students.

STEM Graduates.
One of the UK’s leading graduate recruitment agencies for students and graduates who have studied a Science, IT, Engineering or Mathematics degree subject.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: IT & Computing, Science, Engineering (Science, IT, Engineering or Mathematics degrees).

Graduate Recruitment Bureau.
The Graduate Recruitment Bureau is a specialist recruitment agency that has contacts with many small, medium and traditional graduate recruiters across the UK.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: All Sectors.

Give A Grad A Go.
Give A Grad A Go is a popular graduate recruitment agency. They have placed over 500 graduates in exciting companies across a range of sectors, from Marketing and Sales, to IT and Design.
Locations covered: London & South East
Sectors covered: All Sectors.

Pareto Law.
Pareto is the UK’s largest and most successful sales development & sales enhancement graduate rec. They will assess, train and develop graduates and then place them in a graduate sales job or graduate job.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: Sales & Marketing.

Celsius Graduate Recruitment.
Celsius Graduate Recruitment finds the sales stars of tomorrow. They recruit them in great graduate IT sales jobs and give them the sales skills they need to succeed.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: Sales & Marketing.

Aspire.
Aspire were formed over 22 years ago and were formally know as pfj. They specialise in recruiting for the media and marketing communications industry.
Locations covered: London & South East.
Sectors covered: Media & Digital, Sales, Marketing & PR, Design, Analytics, IT.

Yorkshire Graduates.
Yorkshire Graduates are the only graduate recruitment service dedicated to Yorkshire. Search for jobs or access a wide range of other useful tools and resources.
Locations covered: Yorkshire & Humberside.
Sectors covered: All Sectors.

Bateman Carter.
Bateman Carter are a specialist graduate recruitment agency based in the heart of London, with two areas of expertise, Sales Recruitment and Graduate Rec2Rec.
Locations covered: London & South East.
Sectors covered: Sales, Recruitment.

Twelve Recruitment.
Recruit for a variety of sales roles at all levels from Graduates to Directors.
Locations covered: London & South East.
Sectors covered: Sales, Recruitment.

MyKindaFuture.
MyKindaFuture is a graduate selection consultancy, only working with graduates whose clients are exclusive to them.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: Business & Management, Consultancy & Strategy Engineering & Manufacturing.

Graduate Fasttrack.
They fasttrack their graduates into leading jobs within a wide range of sectors. Basic salaries range from 18-30k. Fasttrack Graduates average earnings are £40,000.
Locations covered: London, South East, & UK Wide.
Sectors covered: Sales & Marketing.

Pathfinders Media Recruitment.
Pathfinders Media Recruitment has over 40 years experience locating talent for media, marketing and communication companies within London.
Locations covered: London, South East.
Sectors covered: PR, Events, Sales & Marketing, Media.

freshminds.
They source graduates, researchers, analysts, consultants, project managers and directors for demanding permanent jobs or consulting projects.
Locations covered: London, South East.
Sectors covered: Consulting, Finance, Investment.

Holland & Tisdal.
Place graduates into leading recruitment companies as well as digital and media companies.
Locations covered: UK Wide
Sectors covered: Recruitment, Digital, Media.

Get Recruited.
Recruit graduates into places across the country in multiple sectors. They have 3 offices.
Locations covered: UK Wide
Sectors covered: All Sectors including Marketing, Recruitment & IT.

Best Graduates.
Specialising exclusively in the recruitment of newly qualified and experienced graduates into permanent positions
Locations covered: UK Wide & Overseas.
Sectors covered: All Sectors including Finance, Commercial & Operations.

Bridgewater Graduates.
Sales, management and a variety of other commercial roles with market-leading businesses in distribution, logistics and supply chain.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: Sales, distribution, logistics and supply chain.

Discovery Graduates.
Recruit, coach and mentor graduates. Offices in Birmingham.
Locations covered: UK Wide.
Sectors covered: All Sectors including Sales, Manufacturing, Engineering.

General Recruitment Agencies working with Graduates.

Trident.
Based in Mayfair in London, Trident are a specialist, boutique real estate recruitment consultancy who identify talent in property, finance and accounting.
Locations covered: London & South East.
Sectors covered: Property, Finance and Accounting.

Buchanan Search.
Buchanan Search places Entry-Level through to Board-Level positions, from operations in London.
Locations covered: London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.
Sectors covered: Sales, Consultancy, Engineering, Technology.

Recruitment Revolution.
Founded in 2005, a popular recruitment company with a large number of jobs for graduates.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: All sectors.

Adecco.
One of the longest running agencies, they cater for permanent, contract and temporary staff with small and large employers.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: All sectors.

Hays.
One of the largest recruitment agencies in the World. Temporary & Permanent positions across the World.
Locations covered: All UK & Global
Sectors covered: All sectors.

Matchtech.
Engineering Recruitment Specialists. Have a strong number of entry level roles.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: Engineering, IT, Technology, Manufacturing.

randstad.
Randstad is the second largest HR services provider in the world and they now own Monster.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: All sectors.

IC Resources.
IC Resources have a team of 50 consultants and specialise in the IT industry.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: IT & Computing.

Anders Elite.
Established in 1984, Anderselite are leading technical recruitment experts to the built environment. With eight regional offices across the UK.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: Construction, Design , Property, Engineering, Consulting.

Allen & York.
Built & Natural Environment Recruitment. One of the first consultancies to specialise across sustainability.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: Construction, Design , Property, Engineering, Consulting, Environmental, Energy.

Michael Page.
One of the largest and most established agencies, they cater for permanent, contract and temporary staff with small and large employers.
Locations covered: All UK.
Sectors covered: All sectors.

Handle Recruitment.
Handle Recruitment is a brand talent partner. They specialise in recruitment for creative and media industries..
Locations covered: London & South East.
Sectors covered: Arts & Design, Creative, Music, Media.

Tips on working with Graduate Recruitment Agencies.

Register with graduate recruitment agencies. Recruitment agencies work closely with employers. Most jobs don’t get advertised on job sites and some jobs don’t even get advertised on recruitment agencies own sites. It’s well worth registering. Most graduate recruitment agencies get sent or have access to CVs on major job sites and CV databases. So there’s no need to register with them all. It’s not easy to find out which ones resource from which site so we recommend registering with a mixture of large generalist and smaller career specific ones.

Take advantage of their graduate career services. Some agencies also provide CV writing, interview practice and even training.

Keep in regular contact with the graduate recruitment agencies. When considering applicants you want to be at the forefront of their mind. It’s also good to build a friendly relationship with them.

Behave professionally & sell yourself. Treat every conversation or meeting as you would an interview process. They will be putting you in front of their clients, so they don’t want someone who is likely to make them look they are wasting clients time. It’s still important to remain light hearted and not too serious. You also need to sell yourself. Make sure that the graduate recruitment agencies know your strengths, so that they can sell you.

Be firm on your salary. Especially if temping or contracting. Often graduate recruitment agencies will receive a set rate from the employer and your salary will come out of this. Most agencies are fair and some employers will enforce a set rate but the less they pay you the more profit they make.

Manage your expectations. Graduate recruitment agencies will get a lot of CVs sent in. There will more than likely be a lot of competition for each role.

A good way to find recruitment agencies is to search on job boards for jobs that you take your interest or are similar. Take the name of the agency and write to them directly.

Locations of Graduate Recruitment Agencies.

There isn’t a huge range of specialist graduate recruitment agencies and they are scattered around the UK. In terms of general and specialist agencies they can be found UK wide. Quite often within a city there will be a area just off the main highstreet, where there will be a few gathered together. However technology has brought the ability to be flexible. So some agencies have gone for out of town offices and many agents work from home.

Costs of using Graduate Recruitment Agencies.

As a potential employee there really shouldn’t be any costs to using them. The agencies get paid strong fees by the employers upon placement so they should not be charging candidates as well. Occasionally CV writing services might occur a fee, however a decent agency will help with this for free or at least point you in the right direction. Training may also come at a fee (eg Sales training), however some agencies also offer this for free. If you are asked to pay a fee, be very wary and see if you can get the same service for free.

Recruitment Agency Qualifications.

There aren’t many qualifications in the recruitment industry. It’s not as essential as a plumber being corgi registered. For an agency though you might liie to look out for the REC symbol. The Recruitment & Employment Confederation is the professional body for recruitment. To join agencies must pass compliance.

On an individual basis, agents may also display Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) membership.

Other listings of Graduate Recruitment Agencies.

We haven’t listed all of the graduate recruitment agencies and general agencies here, there are literally thousands!
For a larger list of general, specialist and graduate recruitment agencies you might like to visit Agency Central .
As well as graduate recruitment agencies, the REC is a huge resource of everyting about recruitment.

Recruitment Agency Definitions & Jargon.

When you speak to your graduate recruitment agency you might get overwhelmed with some of the terms. It’s a good idea to be prepared. Here are some of the most commonly used terms.

Candidate: The individual to potentially fill the job vacancy.
Head hunt: Targeting specific individuals, often currently in work to fill a role.
Independent Recruiter: A recruiter who works on their own.
Temporary Employment: Employment for a certain period of time. Can be referred to as ‘seasonal’ or ‘temps’. Often employed through an agency.
Permanent Employment: Employed directly by the employer. Will receive company benefits.
Temp to Perm: A job role where following a probation phase, usually 3 or 6 months, the role will become permanent.
Executive search: A candidate search, usually for senior/qualified candidates.
Resourcing: A search for candidates and qualifying them for the role.

Can I join more than one graduate recruitment agency?

Yes! Join as many as you like. It’s definitely worth registering with a few, not just for the jobs. They can provide some great advice, particularly CV advice and interview techniques.

More tips to working with graduate recruitment agencies.

The following video is called ‘The Secret to Working With Recruitment Agencies – Top Tips’. It’s worth a watch. It’s by a recruitment consultant and it’s really valuable to see things from their perspective.

What is the REC?

When scanning through your graduate recruitment agencies you will probably see the REC mentioned. You might just see their logo. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for UK recruitment businesses. However just because someone isn’t a member of the REC it doesn’t mean they’re not a great agency. That’s because agencies have to pay (quite a considerable amount) to be a member.

We hope this article help you find and work with graduate recruitment agencies. If you have any suggestions for this graduate recruitment agencies page, then please contact us.