The SThree Group

As an established recruitment specialist, we empower our brands as part of the SThree Group to provide the best service to our customers. We deliver services that are fully compliant, regularly audited and that meet all regulations and standards worldwide for each industry.

Our entrepreneurial culture is supported by a range of long-term incentives to drive sustained performance. We operate in areas as diverse as biotechnology and mining and as far apart as Australia and Europe.

Our Brands

To learn more about each of our brands, click below.

Industry awards and recognition

Our history

  1. SThree established

    Our first business, Computer Futures, opened its first office in London in 1986 with just four members of staff. Today, we are one of the largest IT recruiters in Europe.

  2. Progressive was born

    Our second specialist brand Progressive opened its doors in London in 1990. Today, Progressive operates globally focusing on IT, Engineering, Pharma, Telecoms, Healthcare and Oil & Gas.

  3. Huxley opened its first office

    As part of SThree's expansion our third business, Huxley Associates, was established in London in 1995. Huxley is now one of the world’s leading recruitment consultancies, specialising in providing staffing and talent solutions to the banking and financial services industry.

  4. International expansion

    In 1998 SThree launched its first European office in Brussels and began its international expansion. We started in the UK but we now generate around two thirds of our business internationally.

    Start of Real and expansion to Ireland

    In the same year, our fourth main brand Real opened in London and we expanded our business to Ireland. Today, Real is an international staffing company specialising in the Healthcare, IT, Public Sector and Life Sciences sector.

  5. Move to Germany

    2002 was the start of our expansion to Germany with our first offices being opened in Frankfurt and Munich followed by four further locations across Germany.

  6. Listed on the London Stock Exchange

    SThree officially floated on the London Stock Exchange.

  7. Expansion to the US

    Our first North American office opened in New York in 2006. We now have a large presence in the US, trading as Specialist Staffing Group, with offices in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego and San Francisco.

  8. Move to the Middle East and Asia

    Shortly after our expansion to the US we opened our first Middle Eastern office in Dubai and our first Asian office in Hong Kong.

  9. Gary Elden appointed CEO

    Gary Elden was appointed to the board in July 2008, having been with the group since 1990. Gary has held a number of senior positions including that of founding Managing Director of Huxley Associates. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2013.

  10. Times Top 50 employer for women

    In 2011, we SThree founded Identity, our own Diversity and Inclusion Programme focused on providing a strategic approach to managing diversity and increasing the awareness of gender diversity and inclusion. Since then we have won a number of diversity awards, including the The Times Top 50 Employers for Women and the APSCo Award for Excellence for Diversity & Inclusion.

  11. Diversity in business

    In 2016, our CEO Gary Elden was awarded an OBE for his achievement and service to Diversity in Business. Just a few months later our commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment was yet again recognised by winning the APSCo Award for Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Purpose

We bring skilled people together to build the future.

Our brands play a key role in supporting industries that are changing the way we live everyday.

We invest in the development of our people, improving our customer experience, driving change through innovation.

Our people


We know that our people are at the heart and soul of our business. Only they can deliver on our promise to our customers.

We're committed to providing them with the support and systems they need to grow their career in an inclusive environment and become true experts in their field of expertise.

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