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 44 offices in 12 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.

Discover our ground-breaking research

How the STEM World Evolves

The STEM world is evolving. Priorities are shifting as external factors begin to take hold. Uncover what's changed in our new study.

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How the STEM World Evolves

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, the Netherlands and Japan, placing specialist contractors across North America, Europe and Asia 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

Best Contract Recruitment Agency, UK 2023, The Contracting Awards

Top Employer - Mittelstand Germany 2023, Top Employer Institute

Great Place To Work™ - Netherlands 2023, Great Place To Work® Institute

Great Place to Work® Belgium 2023, Great Place To Work® Institute

Great Place to Work™ - Middle East 2023, Great Place to Work® Institute

Great Place To Work™ - Spain 2023, Great Place To Work® Institute

Best Workplaces for Women - Japan 2023, Great Place to Work® Institute

B- Carbon disclosure rating 2022, CDP

Global footprint

Our offices cover 44 locations in 12 countries.

Read our latest insights

A day in the life of a recruitment consultant at SThree
12 September 2023

A day in the life of a recruitment consultant at SThree

If you want to know what it’s really like in recruitment, here are some honest insights from five members of our team

How to heal the heavy blow of a retiring workforce
12 September 2023

How to heal the heavy blow of a retiring workforce

What are the solutions to help your business and current staff cope with the retiring workforce – not just today but for the future?

Diversity of thought leads to better decisions: How to achieve diversity quotas in the engineering industry
04 September 2023

Diversity of thought leads to better decisions: How to achieve diversity quotas in the engineering industry

By rethinking recruitment practices and embracing a wider talent pool, businesses can pave the way for a more diverse workforce.

The STEM world is evolving, attitudes are changing – should we be panicking?
24 August 2023

The STEM world is evolving, attitudes are changing – should we be panicking?

The evolving global economic climate has triggered significant shifts in the concerns and priorities of STEM professionals, leaving some ...

Engineering skills aren’t really changing but job titles are
16 August 2023

Engineering skills aren’t really changing but job titles are

Yves Urban asks whether changing traditional job titles could attract more people to the engineering industry.

Net zero: are there enough engineers?
01 August 2023

Net zero: are there enough engineers?

Companies must leave no stone unturned in the hunt for green engineering talent

The next jobs boom will be in green tech
26 July 2023

The next jobs boom will be in green tech

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time high.

Can we really ramp up net-zero manufacturing?
11 July 2023

Can we really ramp up net-zero manufacturing?

Companies are already sharing engineers as onshoring stretches the available talent

Why hourly rates for tech contractors are still rising 
29 June 2023

Why hourly rates for tech contractors are still rising 

Long-established sectors like banking and energy are snapping up IT professionals as digital transformation accelerates

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Latest news from SThree

19 September 2023

SThree confirms a resilient performance in Q3 FY23, trading in line with market expectations for the full year

SThree is trading in line with FY23 Q2, against a strong comparative period from the prior year.

25 July 2023

SThree announces sector-leading margins against a resilient performance in H1 FY23

SThree plc, the global staffing business focused on roles in STEM, has issued its financial results for the half year ending 31 May 2023.

17 July 2023

SThree study: Job security beats a pay rise in priority for STEM professionals

SThree study: Job security beats a pay rise in priority for STEM professionals

23 June 2023

SThree named Best Recruitment Agency at The Contractor Awards 2023

SThree has been awarded the Best Contractor Recruitment Agency at The Contractor Awards 2023.

20 June 2023

SThree confirms a resilient performance in H1 FY23 driven by its contract business

Group net fees down 2% YoY while contract net fees are up 3% YoY with growth in the majority of regions.

12 April 2023

SThree announces SBTi-verified net-zero target and publishes 2022 Impact Report

The Group announces its ambitious SBTi1-verified net-zero target and transition plan, alongside it's annual review of it's ESG strategy.

21 March 2023

SThree reports 4% net fee increase driven by contract growth across all regions

Q1 trading update sees contract net fees rise by 8% year-on-year, now representing 81% of Group fees, in line with company strategy

30 January 2023

SThree reports record net fee and profit performance

Like-for-like net fees up 19% with profits up 24% driven by successful execution of our well-established strategy

14 December 2022

SThree reports record performance for the year with double-digit growth across all regions

The Group’s net fees for the financial year ended 30 November 2022 are up 19% YoY, driven by the execution of our strategy.