Our Business

Our business

Bringing skilled people together to build the future through our global house of specialist recruitment brands

Multi-brand global network

SThree is a global STEM-specialist talent partner. We connect dynamic organisations with communities of sought-after specialists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our global house of specialist recruitment brands brings expertise in specific sought-after skills. We know how to achieve the goals of STEM professionals seeking both permanent and contract work and understand the organisations who need them.

Founded in London in 1986 as a small business, over the past 36 years SThree has expanded into a multi-brand organisation, giving our customers access to a global network of dedicated STEM specialists through 38 offices in 13 countries.  

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Hard to find skills - faster

The future of work is changing. And the opportunities are endless. We use our deep knowledge and global network to understand the needs of the best STEM professionals and match them with the organisations that need them, in both permanent and contract roles. 

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Supercharging potential

We don’t just advance careers – we unbox them. We help highly skilled people do the work they aspire to do, with a community of other specialists for inspiration and support. By understanding people’s personal goals and niche skills, we find roles that push their boundaries, so they can reach even greater levels of achievement.

Our specialisms

Focus on STEM

We’re the global STEM-specialist talent partner, with recruitment experts across the world. By bringing skilled people together, placing them in both contract roles and permanent jobs, we elevate expertise and energise progress for everyone. That’s how we build the future.

Science

By introducing talented candidates to organisations within the scientific sector we help them maintain their research operations into treatments, today and into the future.

During the pandemic we are proud to have supported the people behind the world’s response to the health crisis, building teams through our specialist brands Progressive Recruitment and Real Staffing.

Technology

Technology is rapidly evolving. Organisations need the expertise to keep up with the pace of change.

We place professionals with leading tech companies in the UK and globally through our specialist recruitment businesses Computer Futures, Progressive Recruitment and Huxley, and across Europe and the US with Global Enterprise Partners.

Engineering

Engineers are in high demand as the world races to meet new challenges providing renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure and cleaner transport.

Use our contacts and networks at Progressive Recruitment and Huxley to connect with dynamic organisations.

Mathematics

Streamlining, cleansing and effectively managing data requires specialist skills.

We connect talented people with dynamic organisations across the Netherlands and North America that are striving to compete in an increasingly data-driven world, through our specialist recruitment brands Madison Black and JP Gray.

Global house of specialist recruitment brands

Our global house of specialist brands gives a unique combination of expert recruitment knowledge and worldwide reach. Each brand brings expertise in specific sought-after skills within science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We understand them and know how to achieve the goals of STEM professionals and the organisations that need them across many sectors – for both permanent and contract work.

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Computer Futures

Computer Futures is one of the most dynamic and highly regarded specialist IT recruitment providers in the world, placing specialists in both permanent and contract roles for over 30 years.

We attract and nurture communities of specialises within niche markets and technologies. Using our global network and local expertise, we partner outstanding people with companies driving change across the world.

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Progressive Recruitment

Progressive Recruitment is immersed in the world of start-ups and blue-chip multinationals, providing sought-after specialists in engineering, life sciences, IT, global energy, construction and supply chains.

Our enthusiastic experts across 15 global offices provide a specialist service relevant to your industry needs, covering mid-level jobs to executive and c-suite roles.

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Real Staffing

Real Staffing is a global leader in recruitment for the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology sectors, with specialist services within IT and the public sector.

By delivering bespoke solutions for companies of all shapes and sizes, we manage change and deliver cost efficiency improvements through technology, information and people for influential partners.

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Huxley

Huxley is a global leader in contract and permanent recruitment services for banking and finance, engineering, IT and supply chain industries.

By understanding the movement and motivations of skilled professionals, we develop partnerships with world-renowned companies, matching them with experienced workers within niche markets and skill sets.

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Global Enterprise Partners

Global Enterprise Partners is an enterprise technology agency based in the US and the Netherlands, placing specialist contractors across North America and Europe in SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce projects.

Finding the right people can be a challenge. Our committed consultants use an agile approach to provide market-specific advice, placing specialist contractors wherever, and whenever, they are needed.

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JP Gray

JP Gray is based in the Netherlands and focuses on cutting-edge organisations across Europe in need of talented candidates in finance, IT, customer services, logistics and supply chains, support and technical sectors.

With our three core values of service, quality and speed at the heart of everything we do, we deliver best-in-class recruitment driven by the specialist skills of candidates and bespoke needs of our clients.

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Madison Black

At Madison Black our mission is simple. We connect the best creative talent in the United States with industry disruptors in need of design, marketing, communications, advertising and public relations roles.

Throughout our extensive network of quality candidates our dedicated contractor team provide a personal service, finding and placing creative flair that our competitors struggle to find.

Values and culture

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Helping solve complex global challenges

We’re bringing skilled people together to build the future. The talented people we place are solving some of the most complex challenges the world faces today, including tackling climate change, developing vaccines and providing the technology used to educate the next generation.

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A diverse, welcoming culture

SThree is a people business. We’re an inclusive team with an open, diverse and welcoming culture in a flexible working environment. Our business is full of bright, pro-active, forward-looking people who bring energy and fun to the workplace. They care about each other - collaboration is key to everything we do.

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Accelerated career development

We’re experts in a market that’s always evolving. As the role of the recruiter changes, we attract digital savvy individuals with a collaborative approach to working. Most of all we look for people skills, those who can connect and understand others’ needs with the ability to build powerful talent networks.

Our leadership

Executive Committee

Our senior leaders support our Chief Executive in the implementation of strategy, operational plans, policies procedures and budgets, managing regional and group operations for our global house of specialist recruitment brands and group functions. 

Meet the Board

Our diverse board has a complementary mix of skills and expertise. They are responsible for the overall management of our business and set our strategy, policies and operational framework, ensuring resources are in place to meet our objectives.

Awards and accolades

Britain's Most Admired Companies 2021, Winner of the Support Services category

Top Employer, Mittelstand Germany 2022

Best Place to Work, Japon, Great Place to Work Institute

Company of the year, European Diversity Awards 2021

Sustainable Recruitment Agency of the Year, Recruiter Awards 2020

FTSE4Good, Member since 2020

Think, Act, Report, Gender Equality at Work

Global footprint

Our offices cover 38 locations in 13 countries.

Read our latest insights

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30 November 2022

Global hotspots for R&D investment

Governments and organisations need to invest in R&D programmes to ensure advancement in the future. Discover more in out world map

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08 November 2022

Global report

In our global report we look at what influences early career talent into STEM, and how can employers attract the talent of the future

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08 November 2022

European report

What influences early career European talent into STEM, and how can employers in Europe attract the talent of the future?

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United States report

What influences early career American talent into STEM, and how can employers in America attract the talent of the future?

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08 November 2022

Asia Pacific report

What influences early career Asian talent in STEM, and how can employers in the Asia Pacific region attract the talent of the future?

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08 November 2022

African snapshot

What influences early career African talent in STEM, and how can employers in Africa attract the talent of the future?

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01 November 2022

The future of digital healthcare

Digitalisation is transforming how healthcare is delivered, fuelling demand for new and specialised skills.

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31 October 2022

Hands-on guide: 9 tips for job seeking in the STEM sector

In this comprehensive guide, Recruitment Consultant Maximilian Rudek provides 9 tips to help STEM professionals land a new role.

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11 October 2022

Ada Lovelace: ahead of her time

As the world celebrates Ada Lovelace Day, we look at the impact that the 19th century mathematician has had on today’s tech industry.

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Latest news from SThree

18 November 2022

SThree wins silver at the Learning Technology Awards

SThree’s L&D team have won silver at the 2022 Learning Technologies Awards. The awards recognize the achievements within the learning tec...

15 November 2022

SThree leaders named on SIA’s Staffing Europe 100 and Global Power 150 List

Timo Lehne, Sunnny Ackerman and Karima Green have been recognised on SIA staffing lists

20 September 2022

SThree’s strong Q3 growth driven by successes across key regions and STEM disciplines

The Group has seen continued YoY growth in our three largest countries with Germany up 13%, USA up 9% and the Netherlands up 36%.

22 August 2022

SThree appoints new Non-Executive Director

Elaine O’Donnell has been appointed Non-Executive Director of SThree plc.

25 July 2022

SThree reports very strong profit growth with record H1 net fees

SThree, the global STEM-specialist talent partner, reports very strong growth in profit before tax in the first half of our financial year.

04 July 2022

SThree publishes a new white paper on ‘How the STEM World Works’

How the STEM World Works’ research examines and reveals the changing expectations of sought-after specialists in STEM

20 June 2022

SThree reports strong Q2 trading update with double-digit net fee growth across all geographies

SThree has posted results for the half-year (H1) ended 31 May 2022, with double-digit net fee growth across all geographies and sectors.

05 May 2022

Financial Times names SThree on list of Europe’s Climate Leaders for second year

SThree has been included in the Financial Times-Statista list of Europe’s Climate Leaders for a second year in a row. Read about our ESG ...

28 April 2022

Timo Lehne appointed CEO of SThree plc

SThree plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Timo Lehne as permanent Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.