4 Recruitment Agencies Named in Sunday Times’ List of 100 Best Companies to Work For

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Editor’s Note: this year, Best Companies has parted ways with the Sunday Best Times publication, and the award is now known as The UK’s Best Companies to Work For.

This had led to a few other changes to awards, such as:

  • Surveys can be done throughout the year, rather than just once
  • Instead of just once a year, now companies have the chance of earning recognition four times a year, split into quarters.
  • The minimum number of employees needed to enter is now 25 compared to 50 previously
  • The main lists are based on company size:
    • Best small companies: 25 to 75 employees
    • Best mid-sized companies: 75 to 199 employees
    • Best large companies: 200 to 1,999 employees
    • Best big companies: over 2,000 employees


Companies can earn recognition in two main ways, by becoming certified as a UK’s Great Place to Work or as a UK’s Best Workplaces. This is measured through an employee experience survey and benchmarked against a culture audit. If the trust index of the survey is 65% or higher, companies will be certified as a great place to work. However, to become certified as a UK’s Best Workplaces, companies will have to score high on both the survey and the culture audit.


The four recruitment companies that made the top 100 UK’s Best Workplaces in 2021

Rank 12: Adecco (Large Companies)

Rank 25: Sellick Partnerships (Medium Companies)

Rank 42: justteachers Limited (Medium Companies)

Rank 49: Liquid Personnel (Medium Companies)


Upcoming Deadlines for 2022

Best Workplaces™  List Last Day to get Certified™ Publication Date
UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Wellbeing 2022 3rd Dec 2021 17th Feb 2022
UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2022 (main list) 3rd Dec 2021 28th Apr 2022
​​UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women 2022 5th May 2022 6th Jul 2022
Europe’s Best Workplaces™ 2022 3rd Dec 2021 8th Sep 2022
UK’s Best Workplaces™ in Tech 2022 19th Aug 2022 29th Sep 2022
World’s Best Workplaces™ 2022 3rd Dec 2021 13th Oct 2022
UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Wellbeing 2023 2nd Dec 2022 16th Feb 2023
UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2023 2nd Dec 2022 27th Apr 2023


Recruitment agencies are increasingly prioritising the value of a great candidate experience, and it all begins with the recruitment agency’s own workplace culture. A positive culture is instrumental in producing recruiters equipped to deliver the best candidate experience possible and creating an environment that allows candidates to succeed.

Congratulations to the top recruitment agencies delivering on this promise to give back to candidates, the community, and their employees.

Find the full list of 100 here.

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