In 1960, Sir Alec Reed opened the very first REED office on Kingsley Road, Hounslow.

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Sir Alec Reed and James Reed in the Hounslow office as it is today. 

58 years later, REED is the largest family owned recruitment business in the world, working with more than 10,000 client organisations from around the globe.


REED has a shared belief in people and purpose, which is why so many of our Co-Members have built a long and successful career with us. Hear from two of our longest serving Co-Members on their experiences to date.

Cathy O’Rourke
Length of service: 33 years

Career: When I first joined REED, I was a trainee Permanents Consultant at our London Bridge branch. I was promoted to Temporaries Consultant after a couple of years before being promoted to Business Manager. I was a Business Manager for 20 years before choosing to step down and work part-time as a Temporaries Consultant.

#LifeAtREED: The changes that I have seen over the past 33 years have been enormous, including our website, technology and the specialisms that we cover. The only thing that I would bring back are the wonderful talented people that have left us over the years because one of my favourite things about REED is the people, alongside the career development opportunities and the phenomenal earning potential.

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Sue Stone, Kay Lopez, Linda Orme and Cathy O’Rourke at the long service award lunch at The Ritz.

Kay Lopez
Length of service: 36 years

Career: I had experience in telesales and automotive sales, but I had always wanted to work in recruitment. When I secured my role at REED, I remember that I was so excited to start work.  I was 20 years old, the training was exciting and we did live calls from the yellow pages that were recorded on loud speakers! After that I was never afraid of cold calling.

#LifeAtREED: I love working for REED because as a company, REED care about their Co-Members as individuals. This is reflected in the benefits that have been developed for us over the years such as long service sabbaticals, training and even a personal development fund. My favourite thing about working for REED is the people. Over my 35 years at Reed, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some wonderful Co-Members, Clients and Candidates.

More than a job…

If you want to work for a company that offers true lifetime value then begin your journey now by checking out our latest vacancies here.

To find out more about our journey over last 60 years head to the History of REED page.