Through tireless research and development, SThree candidates are creating medical solutions that have the potential to save millions of lives. For pharmacologists, biologists, physicists and many others, it’s much more than academic.
We have seen our purpose of ‘bringing skilled people together to build the future’ brought to life this year more than ever.
Our opportunity is significant, our strategy is right and the improving sequential trends in our specialist STEM markets are favourable. We remain confident that the Group is primed to deliver for the long-term benefit of all of our stakeholders.Download section in full
Focus on STEM and flexible working delivers effectively in particularly challenging times.
In 2020 we faced a once in a century event that provided a series of unprecedented tests. SThree not only dealt with those challenges but is emerging as a stronger business.Download section in full
Our focus on the two long-term secular trends (STEM and flexible working) in our five strategic countries gives us a platform that enables us to scale and achieve long-term profitable growth, whilst making a net positive impact on the world. These are the things we believe set us apart from our peers and demonstrate our unique proposition.Download section in full
Our people are the key differentiator in our ability to deliver outstanding customer service.
We benefit from economies of scale across our entire value chain. Our technology and innovation enable us to build best practice once and scale it multiple times.
We have market-leading positions in core STEM regions with the highest growth opportunity: the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Japan.
Supported by market-leading sourcing techniques, we are experts in nurturing our existing candidates, identifying new candidate pools and developing candidate communities across our chosen markets.
We are well equipped with advanced data analytics tools to identify new candidate pools, respond to emerging employment trends and take advantage of new market opportunities.
We source high volume and specialist STEM roles via:
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Offering candidates purposeful, sustainable careers where we nurture their development and build skills for the future.
Sourcing diverse talent for our clients and closing the significant skills gap in key markets around the world.
In 2020, we employed over 2,600 colleagues in 15 countries across 45 offices. We provide purposeful employment to our colleagues and are committed to developing diverse talent within our business.
We are committed to delivering long term value to our shareholders and maintaining a sustainable dividend.
We source the talent needed to build a future fuelled by clean energy, partnering with clients on a number of decarbonisation projects. We are also committed to reducing our own carbon footprint and our aim is to reduce our absolute emissions by 20% by 2024.
We add value to communities through facilitating decent, sustainable work. We utilise our intellectual capital to empower people to overcome the barriers to employment and build pathways into STEM careers.
Leveraging our position at the centre of STEM to deliver sustainable value to our candidates and clients.
Utilise our unique position of being the only global pure-play STEM talent recruiter, to provide our clients and candidates with insights into the changing nature of work, and with the access to the best specialist skills.
Create a world-class operational platform through data, technology, and infrastructure.
Embrace new technologies that are disrupting and transforming the recruitment market, to drive efficiencies and scale across our platform business.
To be a leader in markets we choose to serve.
Continuous improvement to strategic approach to deliver STEM talent in our chosen geographies.
Find, develop, and retain great people.
Engagement of our people across the Group, focusing on improved communication and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, health and wellbeing, and shaping our culture.
Regular engagement with our clients and candidates builds trust, strengthens business relationships, and helps to widen the reach of our brands.
Our better understanding of clients and candidates helps us adapt our business and strategy by investing in the right vertical niches and improving and developing a service proposition.
This year our recruiting consultants communicated with our clients and candidates through multiple new online channels, ensuring regular interaction to understand how clients and candidates were navigating the health crisis, and to gather insights to inform our approach moving forward. Our consultants also launched pulse surveys, delivered Thought Leadership articles, issued videos, and organised virtual events and webinars.
We deepened our understanding of challenges faced by candidates in current STEM job markets; client emerging preferences and buying behaviours; new trends in candidate selection and placement; and a rise in supply of, and demand for, flexible working arrangements giving access to a broader pool of candidates.
The insights were used by the Board to refine the Group service proposition and to make well-informed investment decisions to drive even stronger sales execution. We invested in our sales operating model, by digitalizing internal processes, and modernising operational systems in local support functions.
Our people are the lifeblood of SThree. We recognise that employee engagement is essential to enhancing our company culture, retaining our talent and is a major factor driving efficiency, customer relationships and therefore profitability.
We maintain a constructive and ongoing dialogue with our people through regular pulse surveys, employee-led forums, business resource groups, CEO Town Halls and Q&A sessions, as well as the Group intranet, social media channels, webinars and face-to-face meetings. We also have a dedicated Non-Executive Director, Denise Collis, who runs a series of focus groups to ensure a two-way dialogue between our people and the Board.
The ongoing wellbeing and engagement within our teams was a top priority. We launched various initiatives to drive engagement and foster a sense of community and inclusion across our teams.
We developed a wellbeing programme to help our people look after their body, self-purpose, and personal growth. We invested in our digital learning platform and we accelerated the implementation and actions within our global D&I strategy.
Our business model is built around communities. Our candidates, clients, and colleagues are instrumental within their local community. It is within these communities that we source our business opportunities – when our community thrives, our business thrives, and vice versa.
We also address the growing risk of climate change within our local communities; this strengthens our business and facilitates our growth plans.
Through our work we source, nurture and place talent who solve complex world challenges. We partner with clients to deliver the skills needed to work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We help communities to develop the skills needed for a sustainable future. This includes delivering a variety of employability initiatives to build diverse talent and help reduce unemployment in underserved communities.
We witnessed an unprecedented need to support communities as we continued to navigate the global health crisis. Our response was to increase our support to local communities through various initiatives and programmes such as STEM Career Pathways, and other webinars and virtual skills development sessions during which we provided employability support.