Industry trailblazer Gleeson Recruitment Group is this week celebrating being named as the third best mid-sized company to work for in the UK, and the best recruitment agency to work for in the UK. The accolades were awarded by Best Companies, employee engagement specialists who deliver data and insights to help effect positive change within the workplace.

Gleeson is famed for their mantra that everyone should Work With Glee, which applies not only to the unrivalled experience they provide for their candidates, but also highlights their strong commitment to employee wellbeing. The Best Companies results were based on survey feedback from Gleeson team members, who rated the incredible initiatives the company takes to ensure that its workforce is amongst the happiest and most engaged in the UK. All team members are offered flexible working arrangements from day one with a 4.5 day working week as standard, along with fortnightly masseur visits, an onsite gym, and even weekly yoga and meditation sessions. Additionally, the team are known for their commitment to charitable causes, having raised over £10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation in September, and £8,000 for cancer charity Macmillan in 2019. Gleeson’s commitment to reducing their carbon footprint has also been commended, which includes initiatives such as working with Ecologi to plant over 20,000 trees and become 100% climate positive as an organisation.

Set up by three directors in 2011 with start-up capital of just 70k, every penny generated by the company has been continually reinvested. This has enabled them to become one of the most rapidly expanding recruitment firms in the UK, now spanning a total of 14 divisions. This trademark tenacity and perseverance has seen them grow from a band of just six in 2012, to a thriving team of 105 situated within Birmingham’s bustling business district near Colmore Row.

Reflecting on the incredible achievement, co-founder Jason Blakey commented, “We couldn’t be more delighted with this result. Every day, the team amazes us with their passion and dedication, and we do our best to repay that by making Gleeson a fantastic place to work in which everyone can show up and be their authentic self. We’re committed to always growing and improving as an organisation, and we look forward to implementing even further initiatives to make Gleeson the very best place to work in the UK!”

Looking ahead, the future looks bright for Gleeson. The firm is set to continue expanding through its booming pharmaceutical and tech divisions, and aims for a total headcount of 175 team members by the end of the year.

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