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We are the world's largest family-run recruitment brand

In the early 1960s, Reed pioneered specialist recruitment in the UK. Seven decades on, we have become the world’s largest family-run recruitment business, with offices spanning across the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia.

About Reed

James and Alec Reed


Reed was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Alec Reed, in 1960, and has since grown organically into an industry powerhouse.

Following his father, James Reed became Chairman of Reed in 2004, making Reed the world’s largest family-run recruitment business, with over 100 offices spanning across the UK, Europe and Asia.

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Industry innovator

In 1995, Reed became the first UK recruitment company to have an online presence on the web, offering services to both jobseekers & employers. 
Today, Reed.co.uk is the UK's number one job site, with over seven million jobseekers visiting each month to search for work. We continuously invest in technology to improve our services for clients and recruiters alike.
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Over the last six decades we have organically grown to become one of the world's largest recruitment powerhouses, and have built a strong team of over 3,400 co-members across the world.
Our unrivalled experience, global presence, and continuous expansion are testament to the strength of our brand and the capability of our global team.

In 2023, every five minutes someone starts a new job through Reed.

Our values

Our business values are the same as our family values. They are always at the core of what we do and how we do it.
The values help us achieve our purpose which is to improve lives through work.

Fair, open & honest

  • We treat everyone with fairness and respect

  • We act with integrity

  • We are true to our commitments

We take ownership

  • We respond swiftly to execute our promises

  • We take responsibility for providing solutions

  • We hold ourselves accountable for our actions

We work together

  • We work together in partnership and build sustainable trusted relationships 

  • We value a diverse workforce and respect the contributions of all 

  • We support our customers and colleagues in achieving their goals

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