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Oscar Named on Sunday Times Best Companies List

It's been an incredibly hard secret to keep, but we can finally announce that Oscar has been named on the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For list 2017!


The list, which ranks companies based on anonymous employee assessments, awarded us a two star accreditation out of a possible three for demonstrating “outstanding” employee happiness over a range of workplace factors including pay and benefits, wellbeing, career progression and leadership.

We reached number 97 on the list, which also includes ten other companies headquartered in Greater Manchester or Cheshire.

Matt Holmes, Group Director, said: “Our aim three years ago was to change our business to progressively improve our people and their working environment more than we have ever done before. Being listed in the Top 100 recognises some of the positive changes we’ve achieved in creating a dynamic and enjoyable workplace for people to excel.

“Having entered the Best Companies survey for the first time in 2016, the management team listened to the team’s feedback to make further improvements.

“Having the happiness of our people at the heart of our business has always been a core value. The Best Companies survey allows us to dig a little deeper and explore our total proposition in more detail.

“A key strength of Oscar is our people and this award is all down to them, we nurture talent and encourage progression throughout the company. Around 90% of our current recruitment team joined us as Trainees and have advanced their careers to key positions within our business.”

The last year has been an incredible journey for the Oscar team, winning two separate awards for Best Small Recruitment Business, promoting 37% of our team, and achieving growth despite facing a huge loss of business caused by the oil price crash which severely affected the energy recruitment industry, we performed a transformation project which saved jobs in the region by cross training and enhancing the skills of our people.”

In 2016-17, we also won Best Small Recruitment Agency categories in the Global Recruiter Awards and The Drum Recruitment Awards, and Oscar’s Managing Consultant Melissa Houghton was awarded Consultant of the Year at The Drum and Highly Commended in the Talent and Recruitment Professional of the Year in the Made in Manchester Awards.

In addition, we were named finalists in the ONREC, Marketing & Digital Recruitment Awards, IRP Awards and National Online Recruitment Awards.

Want to add to our success? We are currently hiring for Trainee Recruitment Consultants and Experienced Consultants to join our teams in the UK and US. Find out more: CLICK HERE

Matt Holmes, Cheryl Holden, Ian Dey

Oscar Group Director Matt Holmes & HR Manager Cheryl Holden alongside Ian Dey, Business Editor from The Sunday Times


Oscar team Sunday Times Best 100 Companies

Jessica Maitland, Alex Bloomer, Matt Holmes, Cheryl Holden, Chris Jones


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