Press Release Jan 2010: Best Recruitment Agencies Of 2009 Named... And The Worst Shamed

Best Recruitment Agencies Of 2009 Named... And The Worst Shamed

The UK's only recruitment agency review website has pulled together a list of the 10 best rated recruitment agencies in the UK, according to candidate scoring - in a bid to help job hunters given the tough job climate.
                                                                                             , the UK's leading recruitment scoring website has announced its results for 2009; revealing the Top 10 recruitment agencies in the UK according to candidates, subject to receiving a minimum number of ratings.

The site, which has over 7,500 candidates, 1000 UK recruitment agencies, 500 job boards, 500 employers and 15,000 visitors each month, allows agencies to gain feedback from their users and create a more user-driven experience.

This league table shows the Top 10 recruitment agencies in the UK, according to scores from candidates, subject to a minimum number of ratings, on throughout 2009, as well as their average ranking, out of 10.

1.    CBS Butler - 9.69
2.    Executive Stand-By - 9.52
3.    Johnstones Unique Recruitment Solutions - 9.5
4.    Advanced Resource Managers Ltd - 9.48
5.    Parkhouse Bell Ltd - 9.41
6.    Ethical Recruitment - Financial - 9.34
7.    Heidrick & Struggles - 8.84
8.    Amanda Smith Recruitment - 8.65
9.    Seltek Consultants - 8.63
10.    Optimum IT Plc - 8.55

The results reflect a changeable year, where many agencies which ranked highly halfway through 2009* have dropped down the list. Fifth placed Parkhouse Bell have dropped from the top spot, whilst Executive Stand-by remain consistently recommended, standing firm in second place.

Previously tenth placed PK Recruitment has dropped out of the top 20 altogether, whilst many in the top ten have either stayed the same or improved/dropped slightly. The worst ranked recruitment agencies are viewable on here

The aim of is to provide recruitment diagnostics, employment advice, recruitment and candidate news and a knowledge centre. offers a comprehensive feedback and report service to recruiters; providing agencies with valuable suggestions or commendations and offering employers 360 degree feedback. 

Response from recruitment agencies has also been optimistic, with recruiters stating that enhances and encourages their work ethic.

Helen McAnally, Parkhouse Bell Recruitment had the following to say,

"At Parkhouse Bell, getting the right information is crucial to our commitment to a personal, honest and professional approach when working with our clients and candidates. provides that information - we're delighted to be a part of it and invite all our candidates to get involved in the feedback process." **
Lisette Howlett, the founder of said;

"Getting a job has been tough in the last year; with many jobseekers relying on recruitment agencies in a bid to give them more of an edge.

"As such, with so many recruitment agencies out there, it's important that you choose the agency that gives you the best chance of finding the perfect job for you. These rankings are based on candidate reviews, and are a great way for jobseekers to learn more about what they can expect from people who have been in the same position." now has a new range of services that it offers recruiters; including a free press release featuring any new sign ups, support to those who wish to use as part of their marketing or pitch process to prospective clients and a feedback service for those who want to actively seek feedback from candidates.


*Mid-2009 rankings:

1.    Parkhouse Bell Ltd
2.    Executive Stand-By
3.    Advanced Resource Managers Ltd
4.    Ethical Recruitment - Financial
5.    BLT (Beaumont Leslie Thomas)
6.    Heidrick & Struggles
7.    Amanda Smith Recruitment
8.    Optimum IT plc
9.    Chapple Limited
10.    PK Recruitment Ltd

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