Our Business

Our business

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

Multi-brand global network

Specialist Staffing Group, the US division of UK-listed SThree plc, is a global STEM-specialist talent partner. We connect dynamic organizations 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 organizations who need them.

Founded in London in 1986 as a small business, over the past 36 years SThree has expanded into a multi-brand organization, giving our customers access to a global network of dedicated STEM specialists through 44 offices in 15 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 organizations 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 specialties

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 energize progress for everyone. That’s how we build the future.

Science

By introducing talented candidates to organizations 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 brand Real Staffing.

Technology

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

We place professionals with leading tech companies in the US and globally through our specialist recruitment businesses Computer Futures, and Huxley.

Engineering

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

Use our contacts and networks at Progressive to connect with dynamic organizations.

Mathematics

Streamlining, cleansing and effectively managing data requires specialist skills.

We connect talented people with dynamic organizations across 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 organizations 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 tech talent 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

Progressive is immersed in the world of start-ups and blue-chip multinationals, providing sought-after specialists in natural gas and electric utilities, renewable energy, oil and gas, and manufacturing.

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 customized 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 organizations 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 unique 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 provides 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, Support Services Sector Winner

Top Employer, Mittelstand Deutschland 2022

Best Place to Work, Japan, 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 40 locations in 15 countries.

Read our latest insights

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11 February 2022

Nine women leading the way in science and technology

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science with pioneers making a difference.

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10 December 2021

Finding reliable talent for a utility-scale solar farm construction project

How ENGIE, a global leader in sustainable energy solutions, began construction on a 200-megawatt utility-scale solar farm in Anson, Texas

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29 November 2021

Unexpected error: .NET Consultant needed urgently

Whether it’s a 24-month contract, or a 2-day contract, every day we partner exceptional contractors with pioneering companies.

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25 October 2021

Encouraging students to save the planet by choosing a career in the green sector

Inspiring young people to turn their passion for the environment into a career.

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21 October 2021

Finding niche STEM talent teams to help renewable energy clients grow fast

Infinis required niche electrical and engineering skills to help them focus on their expansion into a new solar energy division.

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06 October 2021

Finding female leaders for a MedTech client

How people with different backgrounds, expertise and viewpoints can help teams make more effective decisions.

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29 September 2021

Supporting a sought after specialist through a mid-career switch

How a candidate returned to the banking sector after the pandemic led to hiring freezes and volatility in the market.

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02 August 2021

Finding local talent for a major US food and beverage manufacture

Solving a problem during the pandemic required a new approach when additional staff were needed during lockdown when demand soared.

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30 July 2021

Helping Arevon Energy reach its growth goals

How building a trusted relationship helped source a varied range of skilled professionals.

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24 June 2021

Building a new flagship store app on a tight timeline

Even when you’re a large global e-commerce retailer, finding experienced mobile developers at short notice presents a challenge.

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13 May 2021

Challenging gender bias and inequality to build a more inclusive future

If you can’t get a seat at the table, create your own table. Sunny Ackerman, President of SThree Americas, discusses this years IWD theme.

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30 March 2021

How can we achieve an equal future for leadership in STEM?

Learning from experience: hear from six female leaders across various industries about their leadership journey in our roundtable discussion

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05 March 2021

Choose to challenge this International Women's Day 2021

IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group, or organisation specific.

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26 February 2021

IR35: How to tell if your umbrella company is compliant

Commercial Director Charlie Cox explains how to avoid non-compliant Umbrella Companies – and how to spot a good one.

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22 February 2021

Freelancing during the Covid-19 pandemic

A look at the challenges faced during the pandemic, with tips on how you can enjoy the advantages of self-employment.

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10 November 2020

Geographical borders – a real barrier to STEM, or a mindset problem?

As businesses re-address hiring plans, how can adopting a new mindset unlock a world of opportunity?

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10 October 2020

It's okay to not be okay - why should you care about your mental health?

This article looks at why you should care about your mental health, especially during a pandemic this World Mental Health day.

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30 July 2020

Trust evolution: leaders need to re-think how they engage with their teams

Organisations need to pioneer a revolution in people management if they want to supercharge their future performance, says Tom Way.

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Our global house of specialist brands gives a unique combination of expert recruitment knowledge and worldwide reach.

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Latest news from Specialist Staffing Group

28 April 2022

Timo Lehne appointed CEO

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Timo Lehne as permanent Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

07 March 2022

Sunny Ackerman is named one of North America's 100 most influential leaders in staffing

President of SThree Americas has been recognised on the Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) Staffing 100 North America list for 2022.

31 January 2022

Group appoints new Chief Technology and Information Officer

Nick Folkes takes on role of Chief Technology and Information Officer, having been in the role as an interim since October 2021.

31 January 2022

Group posts record profits with performance up 111% year-on-year

Full-year results for the year ended 30 November 2021 show profit before tax of £60m.

28 January 2022

Group ranks top in Support Services sector in Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2021

Study published by Management Today puts SThree first in eight of the 13 key criteria.

24 January 2022

Group named ‘Top Employer’ in Germany for a ninth consecutive year

Top Employer Institute recognises our approach to creating a positive culture and supporting colleagues.

18 November 2021

Group awarded Company of the Year at the 2021 European Diversity Awards

EDA awards are firmly established as the continent’s most prestigious and widely respected diversity event.

17 November 2021

Samira Alimohammad named on SIA list of most influential women in staffing

Vice-President and General Counsel of SThree Americas recognised as one of the most influential women in staffing in North America.

21 September 2021

Group shortlisted for Company of the Year at the European Diversity Awards

Specialist Staffing Group's UK-listed business SThree recognised for work on diversity initiatives.

15 September 2021

Group appoints new Chief Marketing Officer

Carol McNerney’s diversity of experience will help us achieve our stated ambitions as the number one global STEM provider.

13 September 2021

Group partners with future of work documentary

We are partnering with the creator of the Work in Progress Documentary for a second volume that will delve deeper into the future of work.

06 August 2021

Group becomes official partner of the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge

Exciting kick-starter programme for new STEM enterprises that will solve the biggest challenges facing the world.

30 June 2021

Group to introduce a hybrid working model when offices re-open

We listened to colleagues across the businesses and have adopted a hybrid policy allowing our people to work at home and in the office.

14 June 2021

Group appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Beach will be instrumental in delivering further growth and ensuring the financial strength of our staffing services.

18 May 2021

Financial Times names Group on list of Europe’s Climate Leaders

Recognition acknowledges progress made in reducing our carbon emissions to protect the future of the planet.

31 March 2021

Group partners with Generating Genius to fund five university scholarship students in the UK

Talented students to undertake computer science and engineering courses at universities in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

01 March 2021

SThree UK Umbrella & Accountancy Approved Supplier List 2021/22

Explore our list of companies that can provide Umbrella and accountancy services to contractors.

02 October 2020

Group named Recruiter Awards' Sustainable Recruitment Agency of the Year

Sustainability strategy recognised for "Strong, mature considerations of impact and social engagement with demonstrable solutions.