Marketing Recruitment Agencies in London for May ’24 The main competitors are revealed…and you wont believe who made the list.

Which Marketing Recruitment Agencies in London May ’24 are the ones to trust with your CV, but how to spot the not-so-great members of the recruitment world.

Marketing Recruitment Agencies in London are reviewed here. Unimpressed by the CVs you received for Creative or Digital Marketing and the candidates you met were lacking the energy to match your firm’s vision, you decide to widen the search. But who do you go to? Welcome to the definitive guide to London’s top sales recruitment agencies. Whether you’re an ambitious candidate seeking your next career-defining opportunity or a dynamic company in pursuit of transformative talent, you’ve arrived at the right place. We have reviewed the best agencies, along with our own, and some basic details of these firms to save you time trawling through websites for the info. 

**The Winners May 2024**

1: Market Recruitment
Marketing Recruitment Agency in London, established in 2012, with a small but lively team and jobs in London and the South East.  Only working with B2B Marketers and Technology, they are proud of their marketing knowledge and methods of recruitment, focusing on quality job advertising, existing candidates and head hunting.  Active LinkedIn with recent posts and jobs advertised.   Google rating 5* with 18 reviews.

2: Front Marketing Recruitment*
Marketing Recruitment Agency in London – Front stands out as a niche headhunter in the Creative, Digital, Tech, and SaaS sectors, focusing on senior marketing positions from management to executive level. Established in 2006, the firm specializes in attracting elite candidates not actively searching, ensuring each vacancy is meticulously matched to the ideal profile through a thorough search and selection process. Follow on LinkedIn for insightful posts!  Google rating 4.9* with 277 reviews.

3: Intelligent People  
Marketing Recruitment Agency with roles in London; their boutique consultancy has been operating for over 20 years, combining ecommerce and product management Jobs in the South East with some opportunities for home based working. Feedback from candidates is excellent, so they certainly treat their marketeers with care and attention.  Follow on LinkedIn for their latest posts and job alerts. Google rating 4.9* with 85 reviews.

4: Spotlight Recruitment   
Marketing Recruitment Agency based in London, City, and specializing in Communications and Digital with a team of recruiters who are all ex-marketing professionals. Operating since 2008 they cover all industries and most levels. They have a great reputation and understand the industry well.  Follow in LinkedIn for regular posts and job alerts.  Google rating 5* with 106  reviews.

5. Kindred Recruitment
Marketing Recruitment Agency based in London, City; Kindred works with all industries, from small start ups to global corporations, and handles vacancies from entry level graduate marketing role to industry leader level, and they have been impressing clients since their formation in 2012.  Follow them on LinkedIn for the latest jobs.  Google rating 5* with 54 reviews.

6: VMA Group
Marketing Recruitment Agency in London if you’re looking for a firm with international capabilities to handle all your temporary, interim and permanent marketing roles. Established for over 40 years, these recruiters offer coaching to not only their candidates to assist with the onboarding however also offer management, strategic thinking and performance coaching for their regular clients. Google rating 4.8* with 252 reviews.

7: EMR Recruitment
Marketing Recruitment Agency in London – specializing in Digital, Communications, Data, Creative and Executive Search.  Established for over 28 years, large team recruiting top creative talent for a wide selection of marketing jobs.  Website jobs, salaries 30K to 100K+ and a number of positions working from home.  Follow on LinkedIn for posts and jobs.  Google rating 4.3* with 48 reviews.

8: Stop Gap  
Best Marketing Recruitment Agency in London, if you’re looking for freelance marketeers along with permanent staff, specializing in Creative, Digital and Tech jobs at all levels.  Majority of jobs London-based but many remote working positions available.  A large team of specialist recruiters with expert knowledge of marketing and executive search.  See them on LinkedIn for the latest jobs and regular posts. Google rating 4.9* with 231 reviews.

9: Blu Digital
Marketing & Creative Recruitment Agency in London, specialist in Digital, Creative, Ecommerce, Product and Technology.  Expert in Digital and Ecommerce, Managing Director also runs a global networking hub for digital and ecommerce leaders.  Jobs advertised in London and a number of remote positions available. Google rating 4.2* with 50 reviews.

10: We Are Aspire
Marketing Recruiting Agency  in London and 4 other major UK cities as well as Singapore and New York.  Covering other job sectors as well, but specializing in executive talent searches and networking, placing candidates in SMEs and larger, global companies across various industries.  They offer a range of marketing jobs, including positions in content, events, digital marketing, and executive roles, serving clients such as MediaCom, MiQ, Gumtree, and Oatly. Job and Posts on LinkedIn.  Google rating 3.3* with 101 reviews.

11: 3Search
Best Marketing Recruitment Agency in London if you wish to engage an agency which makes their customer service their highest priority. They have some incredible reviews from candidates who are very pleased with how they’re treated and they can cover a large spectrum of marketing roles.  Digital Marketing, Social Media, Communications & PR, CRM, Product management, Performance, E-commerce and more.  See their social media marketing on LinkedIn as well as job alerts.  Google rating 5* with 711 reviews!

12: Success Talent    
Marketing Recruitment Agency that specializes in various sectors, including Digital, Marketing, and Creative, along with Buying, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Technical, and more. With offices in London and Manchester, they support permanent hires, executive searches, contractors, temporary and freelance recruitment, RPO, and project services, focusing on the Retail, Digital, and Healthcare sectors. See their LinkedIn page for recent posts and jobs. Google rating 4.8* with 4 reviews.

13: Major Players   
Marketing Recruitment Agency specializing in Digital, Marketing, Creative and Tech jobs, mostly in London but also throughout the UK.  A very large team of recruiters with profiles available on the website. With over 30 years of experience, they’ve assisted businesses globally, ranging from start-ups to household names. They have offices in London, Manchester, Amsterdam, and Berlin, offering permanent, interim, and freelance recruitment solutions. See their LinkedIn page for recent posts and jobs. Google rating 4* with 126 reviews.

14: DNA Recruit
Marketing Recruitment Agency covering all the disciplines including creative & design, digital marketing, performance marketing, media planning, PR & communication and more.  Based in London, team of experienced recruiters with profiles available to view on the website.  All marketing jobs available are London based. They offer customized recruitment solutions aimed at improving the recruitment process. Follow on LinkedIn for the latest jobs. Google rating 4.6* with 11 reviews.

15: Better Placed
Marketing Recruitment Agency in London, but also Leeds & Manchester and is one of the largest independent recruitment ​consultancies in the UK and are a 2023 Sunday Times Top 100 company to work for. They specialize in marketing, digital, tech, FMCG and executive search, and market themselves as having one of the the largest and most diverse networks of clients and candidates. Follow on LinkedIn for jobs.  Google rating 5* with 33 reviews.

16: Reuben Sinclair    
London Recruitment Agency offering global coverage, with a specialist Marketing Recruitment Team – profiles available on the website. They specialize in PR & Communications, Sales, Marketing, Digital, and Data recruitment.  Get in touch to find out about marketing and creative vacancies or talk about their talent pool of experienced marketers!  Follow on LinkedIn for the latest jobs.  Google rating 4.7* with 59 reviews.

17. Ambition
International Recruitment Agency for the Professional Services sector, specifically Law firms, Accountancy and Consultancy, and with specialist sector for senior positions in Marketing and Communications.  London office currently has over 30 jobs, many in Business Development but also Marketing and Communication. Social Media includes LinkedIn with worldwide jobs and 47 in London.  Google rating 4* with 66 reviews.

18. Salt Recruitment
Global Digital Recruitment Agency, with specialist Marketing Recruitment division offering a specialized portal for marketing jobs, and several pages of them in London. They also offers career advice and insight into the marketing industry’s future prospects, underscoring the importance of adapting to digital changes and the continuous demand for marketing skills across various industries. Follow in LinkedIn for posts and jobs.  Google rating 3.8* with 118 reviews.

19. Cranberry Panda
Marketing Recruitment Agency based in London which specialize in sourcing permanent and contract talent across the UK, Europe and America, for digital marketing, eCommerce management, web analytics, digital design, and performance marketing roles, at executive, management, head of, director and C-Suite level. They are a multi-award-winning eCommerce and digital recruitment agency for leading retailers and eCommerce start-ups.  Check their LinkedIn for Jobs and Posts.  Google rating 4.5* with 42 reviews.


AND Now for the WORST Marketing Agencies…. 

Without actually naming the companies, we list the top 12 worst practices which, from reading their reviews on various platforms including Glassdoor, marketing recruitment agencies have carried out practices like…

  1. Convincing candidates to go for roles they know they would ultimately dislike or would not benefit their careers.
  2. Lack of Niche Understanding: Marketing has multiple specializations, from digital to content to product. Agencies that don’t understand these nuances can misplace candidates.
  3. Overhyping Traditional Experience: Focusing too heavily on traditional marketing backgrounds and under-valuing digital or contemporary skills that are now vital.
  4. Opaque Fee Structures: Not being transparent about the pricing, especially for senior roles or specialized hires which might command different fee structures. Keeping temp & contract fees unexplained or ambiguous so clients aren’t aware of how little the candidates are actually receiving.
  5. Overemphasizing Tools Over Strategy: Placing too much importance on candidates’ familiarity with specific marketing tools, rather than their strategic or creative thinking abilities.
  6. Not Keeping Up with Trends: Marketing is ever-evolving. Agencies that aren’t up-to-date with the latest platforms, tactics, or algorithms can provide outdated advice or candidates.
  7. Neglecting Cultural Fit: In the creative world of marketing, a candidate’s fit with a company’s culture is paramount. Overlooking this can lead to short-term hires and disruptions.
  8. Not Prioritizing Soft Skills: In marketing, skills like communication, teamwork, and adaptability are key. Agencies that focus only on hard skills might overlook well-rounded candidates.
  9. Overemphasis on Buzzwords: Prioritizing candidates who “speak the lingo” without ensuring they possess the actual skills or understanding behind these terms.
  10. Misleading Job Descriptions: Advertising roles as “exciting growth opportunities” without clarifying potential mundane tasks or highlighting challenges
  11. Ghosting After Interviews: Failing to provide feedback or updates after interviews, leaving candidates in the dark about their standing.
  12. Push for Unsuitable Roles: Pressuring candidates to accept roles that aren’t a good fit for their skills or career goals just to fill a quota. and neglecting Career Path Conversations: Not discussing or understanding a candidate’s long-term aspirations within the marketing realm.

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Released 25th May 2024