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Recruitment can be difficult and time consuming. We are specialists with a proven track record in Oxfordshire and London. Why not challenge us to find your ideal Candidate and free up your time to tackle other priorities?

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It’s a good question and one we are asked a lot.

It’s a good question and one we are asked a lot.

If you are a business owner, HR professional or people manager, chances are that you are finding the recruitment process more complex and time consuming than ever. This is likely to be particularly true if you are recruiting for a business support role, for example in PA and Administration, Marketing, HR and Finance, which is likely to attract a large number of applicants. Not only do you have to sift through piles of CVs to identify the best candidates, but you also have to co-ordinate and run interviews, manage expectations, maintain communications and deal with the many other aspects of the recruitment process.

We are specialists. Our Team will do it all for you, saving you time and money, and allowing you to focus on other priorities.

We have a fully vetted database of quality permanent and temporary Candidates at all levels, most of whom are readily available. This allows us to quickly identify the most suitable Candidates for your vacancy.

We will also advertise your vacancy widely using all available channels. Given current market conditions and our local networks, we are confident that we will be able to fulfil your brief quickly.

With over 20 years’ experience of recruiting in Oxfordshire and more recently in London, we have excellent local knowledge and are extremely well networked, so you can be confident of a great result.

Getting to know you

Our service is bespoke to you. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and find out how we can help.

We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for Employers

While it is true that there are many great quality Candidates currently looking for a new opportunity, it doesn’t mean that recruitment is any easier for businesses.

Employers and their HR teams are still under immense pressure as they respond to the phased easing of national lockdown restrictions and continue to get to grips with the new rules and regulations brought about by Covid-19, as well as managing a host of other issues including a return to the workplace, remote working, staff wellbeing, health and safety – the list goes on!

While there are lots of people currently looking for work, we recognise that you may not be able to find the time or resources to deal with the recruitment process in-house. You may also require more specialist skills or have specific criteria that are difficult to come by. On the one hand it’s encouraging to be inundated with CVs, emails and telephone enquiries, but on the other hand it can be a massive distraction at a time when your key people should be focussed on other priorities.

We also understand that hiring the best talent isn’t just about how skilled and capable Candidates may be; what’s also important to you is how well Candidates fit with your team, culture and customers.

The recruitment market in Oxfordshire and London

Contrary to what some employers may think and in spite of high unemployment and rising redundancies, the Candidate market is complex. While parts of the UK economy have been decimated, some have thrived and others look set to bounce back extremely quickly. So despite a shortage of job vacancies overall, the war for talent in high growth sectors and for specialist roles remains fierce.

We're advising employers and HR teams to take the time to understand the nuances of the market and identify the roles that are pivotal to their business success. This will enable them to work out how much their top talent is worth to them and what they need to put in place to attract and retain those key individuals.

While it is true that there are more people looking for work than at any time over the last decade, it is too simplistic to say that it is an employer's market and that recruitment for all roles at all levels is easy. Employers that don't get to grips with this risk losing out on the best candidates when it comes to recruiting for the roles that really matter.

If you have never used a Recruitment Agency before then you may be wondering if doing so is a worthwhile investment. Remember doing it yourself is not a zero cost option and there is a cost to your business of not finding the right person or… finding the wrong one.

The more efficiently you meet your staffing requirements, the better position you will be in to meet your business aims.  Contacting us as soon as you have a requirement doesn’t commit you but it does increase your options.


Why choose Allen Associates?

Our Clients tell us that some of the best things about working with Allen Associates are our collaborative approach, great communication, ability to interpret their brief and identify the right people for the job.

Unlike many of our competitors, all the Candidates on our database have been vetted and approved by our Team. We interview every Candidate we register which means we get to know them, their history, motivations, career aspirations, strengths and weaknesses too.  Without this in-depth information, matching job-seekers to Employers and vacancies is guesswork.

The More the Merrier

Our Candidates

Our rigorous screening process ensures that only the best and most suitable Candidates with the greatest potential to fulfil your exact requirements, are presented to you. Using a combination of a technologically advanced CRM system with traditional methods and our Consultants’ personal knowledge and experience, guarantees that we will only ever present a manageable, pre-qualified shortlist of Candidates to you.  We  believe this is the only way to effectively match the right people to the right roles; it’s about quality over quantity and an approach that has been successful for over 20 years.

This has helped to establish us as a leading independent Recruitment Agency in Oxfordshire and London and is a key reason why we have continued to build long-term relationships with our Clients that enable us to add the most value now and in the future

Delivering outstanding service

We started with the express intention of providing Employers with an unbeatable standard of service - just as we would want for ourselves. It is integral to all that we are and do and means always being open and honest, sharing market knowledge and offering expert advice when it matters.

We work hard to make the Recruitment process as painless as possible. Our Consultants will do their utmost to exceed your expectations and find the right Candidates for you.


“It was an absolute pleasure working with your team, they took a difficult brief and managed to find an excellent candidate. As I am sure you are aware we had the vacancy with three agencies and your team by far excelled in terms of service and speed, so I was very pleased to be able to make the appointment with you.”

Sarah Westmorland, Director of People, Resourcing & Ops & Deputy CEO, Helen and Douglas House

“I’ve really appreciated the support on a recent recruitment. By taking the time to listen to not only what I did want but, probably most importantly, what I didn’t want, Constance was able to come up with a really creative solution to a recruitment challenge I was facing. Her ability to actively listen, be pragmatic as well as tenaciously holding onto the solution meant that she provided a genuinely added value service that worked in partnership with me is rare to find when using agencies. Thank you.”

Jodie Ashworth, Head of HR – Talent Management, The Orders of St John Care Trust

“I would like to thank Allen Associates for the very efficient and effective service you provided. You were able to provide two excellent candidates and your ongoing monitoring of our needs was much appreciated. We would have no hesitation in contacting you again if we need to recruit in the future. Thank you once again for your help and support at a challenging time for the school, I will be recommending Allen Associates to other schools who may find themselves in a similar situation to Northfield.”

Mary Whitlock, Chair of Governors, Northfield School, Oxford

“A thorough grasp of the culture and direction of the business has enabled you to secure another strong match for the department.”

Mark Crampton-Smith, College and County

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