Which are the Best Secretarial Recruitment Agencies in London? The main competitors are revealed…

Secretarial Recruitment Agencies often reviewed as the best. What areas do they cover and what do they specialise in? Our opinions on the options are below – 

SECRETARIAL RECRUITMENT AGENCIES which we feel could be the best in assisting with administrative support roles – see below for the basic facts to save time trawling through various websites for the info. 
The CEO’s PA is leaving, and the candidates you’ve met so far could do the job, however none of them will be as excellent as the previous PA – what can you do?
1: Tate
Best Secretarial Recruitment Agency in London if you’re looking for one which can source PA candidates who have worked at the highest level, in some of the most formidable environments, then Tate should be considered. They also provide Finance, Admin, Customer Service, Human Resources and Marketing candidates, and have been in the market place for a number of years. Recognised as one of the market leaders in support vacancies, Tate also regularly host seminars around a variety of topics, aimed at educating their clients. 
Best Secretarial Agency in London if you need a corporate receptionist. With a Google Review Rating of 4.9* out of over 180 reviews and 15 years ranking 1st for most receptionist related searches, Front of House Recruitment are also known as the industry leaders. They provide London’s legal and financial worlds with super polished executive receptionists and also run the corporate FOH Managers Forums. If you believe some candidates’ CVs are so good they have a pack of hungry agencies desperate to get them registered, then it would be reasonable to assume they would choose to register with a specialist in their field. 
3: Hays
As one of the best secretarial agencies in London for PAs and a strong emphasis on finance, Hays’ client list also includes many legal powerhouses. Hays was founded in 1867. The name can be traced to Alexander Hay, who acquired a brewhouse in 1651 which was then redeveloped as a wharf and in 1856 this was renamed Hay’s Wharf.  They also cover Accounting, Finance, Call Centres, Construction, Property, Digital, Education, Manufacturing, Healthcare and many other disciplines. 
4: Angela Mortimer
Best Secretarial Agency for dedicated specialisms in a number of areas, covering PAs, Secretarial, HR, Marketing, Media, Design, IT, Accounting, Legal and Household vacancies. The Angela Mortimer Group has grown and now has offices in: London, Birmingham, Bristol, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Lyon, Geneva, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sao Paulo. However it is still considered one of the best secretarial agencies in London for really corporate EAs and PAs
5: Career Legal
Best for secretarial short notice temps. From their inception nearly thirty years ago with a team of just three, Career Legal has grown into one of the most prestigious names in secretarial recruitment and one of the areas they could also surely be crowned champions, would be human resources. From large corporate law firms, and the largest accountancies, to smaller independent practices, their understanding of what it takes to form a brilliant HR team only enhances their reputation.
6: Love Success
Award winning London agency for PA and office support jobs, both permanent, contract and temporary across a wide range of sectors. The brain child of Julia Vassie and Jane Atherton, 2 successful industry professionals with over 25 years experience and already the founders of a nationwide recruitment agency.
A boutique agency specializing in secretarial and PA recruitment for London based national and global companies in financial, technology, media and entertainment and other professional services. With a small team, the 2 founders have built their reputation working together since 1999.
“World’s Most Admired Companies” as listed in Forbes Magazine. Their company was founded in New York City in 1948. And with a history Robert Half can also offer you Accounting, Banking, Technology, Digital, Admin and HR candidates, they also have published books on the finance industry.

9: Morgan McKinley
Best Secretarial Agency in London if you are looking for one which can also cover some senior appointments. They cover: Tax, Projects and Change, IT PMO, IT Data & Applications, IT Development, Core Finance, Senior Finance, Specialist Finance, Risk, Compliance, HR, Sales & Marketing and Office Support (and Engineering in Ireland). Morgan McKinley was founded in the UK in 1995 as a banking & financial services recruitment consultancy

10: Strictly Recruitment
Recruiting for business support at all levels of seniority since 2010, they have built up a strong reputation within the City. They have a very strong PA and EA division which attracts some of the most prestigious companies in London.

11: Tiger Recruitment
With a reputation as an excellent secretarial agency and for delivering candidates across multiple sectors, their reputation within HR and delivering fantastic candidates has only serviced to underline their reputation.  With offices in London’s West End and City, they can also service other parts of the UK from Bristol and Manchester and cover all HR vacancies from Administrators to Directors. Worth a call.

12: Crone Corkhill
If you’ve been working in London as long as I have, then you’ll have heard Crone Corkhill’s name at lot. One of the reason is their reach within the City. For the past forty years they have been the go-to names for secretarial recruitment, servicing everything from FTSE 100 institutions to boutique firms and SMEs. If you realise you need an extra pair of hands on an HR vacancy, then Crone Corkhill would be a great place to begin.

13: Office Angels
Part of the Adecco Group – which are the largest provider in the world for agency temp staff.  They have 5,200 branches in over 60 countries and territories in the world. If you’re looking for a generalist agency to assist you with reception on a global scale, this would be a good first stop. Also Office Angels have branches across the UK and therefore maybe fill the parts other agencies may not reach.

14: Brook Street
If you’re looking for a high street agency, they have over 50+ locations and cover the whole of Great Britain. Brook Street can not only cover your reception support staff needs but are also specialists in adult care, education, housing, services for children, and specialist social care recruitment.


Within 30 years from it’s inception, Blue Arrow was so successful it managed to acquire Manpower Inc for $1.3Bn. Now with 60 Branches across the UK – it is part of the Impellam Group (which also owns TATE see above). They have a very strong hospitality division which can assist you in most areas of the market place
Specialists in restaurants and bar management recruitment. With 15 years experience of recruiting for the UK’s leading restaurant and bar operators, Mash’d uses the latest technology, social media platforms and their strong connections to find the best talent in the market place. 

IMPORTANT We hope you’ve found our list useful. All the companies listed are recommended EQUALLY and the numbering does not reflect their status in the list.

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