FAST 50: Growth rates on the rise

As this year’s FAST 50 shows, there is cautious optimism in a challenging market for UK staffing businesses.

6 July 2023

FAST 50: Growth down but sector not out

The data says that growth in the recruitment sector is down, but there is much to be positive about

11 July 2022

FAST 50: From strength to strength

Privately-owned recruitment businesses continue to report robust growth, despite a year of political and economic uncertainty 

15 January 2020

Recruitment industry has only one representative in the Fast Track 100

Just one recruiter has made the cut in this year’s Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list of fast-growing private firms.

Public sector, Legal 3 December 2019

2020 FAST 50 list set to be most revealing yet

How will Brexit affect the upcoming FAST 50 list?

19 September 2019

FAST 50: Recruiters defy doubters

Despite a high level of uncertainty, privately-owned recruitment agencies have reported robust growth.

14 January 2019

FAST 50 2018: Uncertainty bites

Data from M&A specialists Clearwater International reveals a slowing growth rate for privately-owned recruitment firms.

16 January 2018

Farewell to high margins

Business models based on high margins and charges are unsustainable in the healthcare market, and will lead to the “downfall” of recruiters in the sector.

Healthcare/Medical 12 January 2018

2018 M&A activity held back by uncertainty

Recruitment mergers & acquisitions activity will likely increase in 2018 but nowhere near the bumper volumes of 2015.

12 January 2018

Fast approaching FAST 50

Recruiter's annual FAST 50 listing is approaching fast.

19 September 2017

Recruiter FAST 50: Niche returns

This year saw the return of the niche recruiters for constituents of the latest Recruiter FAST 50

1 February 2017

Recruiter FAST 50: At full throttle

Recruitment firms are achieving record levels of growth, this year’s Recruiter FAST 50 reveals. Marcus Archer and Mark Maunsell of Clearwater International look at what lies behind the figures
22 January 2016

Onward and upward

For Rob Walker, chief executive of the No.1-ranked FAST 50 firm, BIE Executive is the latest in a string of high-performing projects. His success is partly down to a competitive spirit but also remembering that recruitment is still all about relationships, he tells Colin Cottell
Public sector 22 January 2016

UK tops M&A chart

Merger & acquisition (M&A) activity in the UK staffing sector is more than twice that of any other European country, according to corporate finance firm Clearwater International.
17 December 2015

More recruiters hit the Fast Track 100

Twice the number of recruiters have made it onto this year’s The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 compared to 2014’s list.
7 December 2015

Recruiter Show: Launch of European FAST 50

The Recruiter Show saw the launch of the Recruiter-Clearwater International European FAST 50 this morning.
19 November 2015

Clearwater International takes over FAST 50 reins


23 September 2015

Cordant Recruitment buys Staffgroup in ‘match made in heaven’

Multi-sector recruiter Cordant Recruitment has acquired international recruiter Staffgroup, parent company of Earthstaff, Eurostaff and Enginestaff, for an undisclosed sum after only three months of negotiations.
IT/Telecoms, Engineering 5 June 2015

Brightwork promotes finance director May to CEO

Scottish multi-sector recruiter Brightwork Group has promoted its finance director, Derek May, to chief executive.
20 April 2015

Profitability and growth key to recruiters’ success

Leaders from firms on Recruiter’s FAST 50 and HOT 100 lists had a chance to hear the secrets of the top companies
23 March 2015

Permanent market to lead growth in UK recruitment sector in 2015

Growth in the UK’s recruitment sector this year will be led by permanent placements, according to Sue Dodd, director at Agile Intelligence and compiler of Recruiter’s HOT 100 list.
16 February 2015

Focusing on both core and growth markets proves key to HOT 100-FAST 50 success

Keeping one eye on their core markets and another on growth opportunities has proven key to public sector staffing specialist GatenbySanderson’s appearances on both Recruiter’s HOT 100 and FAST 50 lists, according to joint managing partners Martin Tucker and Mark Turner.
Education, Public sector 13 February 2015

RPOs integral to half of multi-service HR outsourcing contracts

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) was integral to 50% of multi-service HR outsourcing contracts in 2014, according to business process outsourcing provider arvato’s UK outsourcing index.

FAST 50 2015: Predictions for next year

Growth rates, marginally lower than in previous years, among companies featured on Recruiter’s 2015 FAST 50 are expected to continue in a similar fashion, says Boxington Corporate Finance managing director Tim Evans.
27 January 2015


Colin Cottell meets Martin Tucker and Mark Turner, joint managing partners of the leading recruiter in this year’s FAST 50, sponsored by Hitachi Capital Invoice finance.