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McCarthy Recruitment

Professional Services

About us


Established in 2004, we are specialists in leadership and professional recruitment services; working across sectors we are experts in assessing capability and fit to ensure we deliver recruitment services that deliver for our clients.

We offer a variety of flexible permanent end to end recruitment solutions across the UK along with other services all wrapped up in our various Perfect Packages.

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What defines us

Our Packages offer clients a unique and flexible approach to recruitment whilst maintaining our high quality and professional service and standard, attracting talent to your business through our innovative and flexible strategies that we promise will always add value to you. 


We are a One Stop Shop for all your recruitment needs. We work as a full extension of your business; we can be your in-house team or support your in-house team – whatever is most cost-effective and efficient for you. We work hard to consult with you, what you will get is your key vacancies filled with the best candidates on the market, not just those that are actively seeking a new role.


Our Executive Search Division has considerable experience working with leading businesses across the UK. We understand that for our Clients the risk attached to employing the wrong individual for one of their key roles is monumental. At McCarthy, we, therefore, ensure that our proactive, innovative approach is combined with robust account management and a clear customer focus which ultimately means consistent delivery of the right candidate for each assignment.


Our Premium Candidate Selection Tool – The Movie Star saves you time by showcasing the best talent on the market, you will receive a video shortlist for each role, reducing the length of your hiring process by on average 16 days. Reviewing a video allows you to identify the perfect candidate earlier in the process and prevent you from losing them in a candidate tight market.


Unlike many companies who have numerous unnecessary and overcomplicated Values, we have just three that we believe summarise our culture and core values in a simple format. We are Passionate, Clever and Together. We have often been described as being ‘like a family’ with visitors regularly commenting on the positive vibe and energy they feel when they come into our business. We approach everything with dedication and a passion for delivering at our best.


Our culture is people-centric and we always aim to keep our employees at the heart of what we do; ultimately our business doesn’t function without great people and we firmly believe that it is very important that Our Team are happy people; both in and out of work. It is the clear vision of our founder Kate McCarthy that our business thinks and acts as a team at all times, something that she continues to drive and ensure is at the heart of our decision-making.

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What inspires us

Our Recruitment Benefits program has been developed by asking the team what they want and developing it from their feedback. Therefore, in addition to the competitive basic salary on offer, we also operate a very generous and transparent commission scheme which is reviewed yearly by the consultant and sales teams. Our rewards and benefits are second to none. Working for McCarthy has changed many of our employee's lives and we have made many Recruitment Success Stories.


It is important for our new starters to understand that when you start in our business you are not coming in to work what is known in recruitment as a ‘cold desk’. On the contrary, you will never be asked to Business Develop as we employ a separate team that focuses on bringing in new clients (unless you really want to, in which case, of course, you can!) Instead, you will be given a ‘warm desk’ which means you will be given carefully chosen vacancies each week with a variety of clients; you just need to focus on filling those vacancies with the right candidate. Later on down the line, when you are fully fledged, you will be given the opportunity to manage a client account if you wish (and even then you will be supported in doing this).

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At a glance

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We are serious about people development!

We passionately believe that to get the best out of people, you need to invest time and nurture their talent. We are proud to say that our entire management team has grown from within the business and all started as Recruitment Consultants.


All our Recruitment Training modules provide a complete program of learning in a specific subject area, some of which is delivered classroom style whilst other elements are completed on the job to ensure a fully rounded learning experience is delivered. Technical training sections are delivered by training gurus within the business.


Once embedded into the business, you will receive structured on-going development in the form of a Personal Development Plan focused around the McCarthy Growth Academy (our succession and opportunity people map). The McCarthy Growth Academy enables our team to understand the opportunities that they have in the business and highlights that whatever level you join the business at, ultimately you can be what whatever you want to be – there are no limits at McCarthy!

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Word from the top

‘When I founded McCarthy, I wanted to offer a very different kind of recruitment service to both clients and candidates - and the McCarthy difference is delivered each day by my team.

So I take great care selecting who works for McCarthy. Like me, many of my team are experienced Retailers or come from a Sales, Hospitality, Recruitment, or HR background, but more than this, everyone has a real passion for people. 

Working for McCarthy means a 100% dedication to fulfilling potential - as an individual, as a team and as a key part of this successful, growing company. So everyone takes an active role to support, encourage and help each other to do their very best. I wouldn't expect anything less from my team, and to see them achieve in the way they do is rewarding for everyone.

I'm a big believer in employee engagement. It's no coincidence that my team are so committed to our values because they were written by the team themselves. Likewise, the environment here is fast-paced, energetic and demanding - but it's also nurturing, supportive and really open and friendly. McCarthy is a place where people thrive.

My vision for McCarthy is as strong now as when I first established the company and I will always be hands-on and totally involved in every aspect of the business. I care passionately about growing McCarthy through coaching and developing my team - and adding to my team when the right people come along.

I also believe that at McCarthy we offer outstanding commission schemes and benefits. I want my team to feel valued and know that the work they put in will be rewarded and then some! So if you are hungry for a career, to be rewarded financially for the work you put in and ambitious for development we are the business for you.

Kate McCarthy
Managing Director
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Career and jobs

Application tips

Working at McCarthy is truly unlike working for any other recruitment company! We aren’t corporate in our approach, yes, we are professional absolutely, but not stuffy at all! We all work together to write the rulebook and we have a genuinely kind and caring ‘family feel’ environment.

If you are interested in working for McCarthy find out more about what it is like to come to work in a target driven, exciting environment where we have lots of fun then watch our What We Love About McCarthy Video above to get a feel of what it is like to work with us!

For more information about jobs at McCarthy contact us on 0161 828 8726, we provide full training and development so no recruitment experience is necessary.

0203 883 1240
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