WHO ARE SW6?
SW6 Associates are the UK’s leading Recruitment to Recruitment
and Sales Recruitment Specialists.
Beginning our journey in an attic in 2003, we’ve built a brand based
on ambition, integrity, loyalty and a strong desire shared by everyone
within the business to be the best at what we do. We want to change
the face of the Recruitment to Recruitment and Sales Recruitment
Putting relationships and quality at the forefront of our methodology has enabled us
to build a client base of over 100 of the World’s Leading Recruitment Agencies and
Media Owners. Our clients trust us to get them the results they need, many of them
using our services exclusively and paying retainers for us to fill their roles.
“ONLY THE AMBITIOUS”
Our ambition is to become the No.1 choice for our candidates and clients globally.
We’ve laid out the foundations with a leadership team whose experience in the
industry spans over 50 years. We are now looking to build on our foundations by hiring
people, who like us, have their sights set on the end goal - being the best.
Rebranded to SW6 Associates and started the journey to
become the mighty team we are today.
Grew from 5 (3 directors, 2 consultants) to 18 team members.
Created 4 successful and growing Teams - grown 100%
organically by consultants who have progressed from fresh
Graduates to Recruitment Managers.
Promoted 15 People (often more than once), our consultants
benefit from a structured career plan, laid out for them on day
one. They come in with the ambition and passion to succeed, we
provide them with the tools and support necessary to thrive.
Became the Leading supplier to the UK’s Top Recruitment Firms.
Our unique approach to Recruitment to Recruitment means ‘the
person’ is at the forefront of our methodology. This makes match
making easy and our clients have come to expect only the best
from us, and only the best is all we are prepared to deliver.
2013 - 2016
Continue growing a great brand with great people. Our brand isn’t
just the colour of our logo - it’s the people we have in our business
and the shared values we uphold. We are looking for “people who
love people” and can demonstrate the same passion as us to be the
best at what they do.
We have ambitious and exciting plans for where our company is
headed, but so do our clients so we need to double in size (at least)
to support them in their own ambitious growth plans.
Create at least 3 more successful teams and sub teams. We have
the opportunity for new entrants into the business to develop their
own areas. The Recruitment and Sales Industries are experiencing
massive growth and to keep on top of this we need to build new
teams and have great people leading them.
Promote every single employee at least once, preferably twice.
We pride ourselves on the trajectory we are able to offer our
consultants, and long may the promotions continue!
Open two more offices. 1 UK based, 1 International. To do this we
need people in them!
2016 - 2018
@ SW6 ASSOCIATES
Recruitment Consultancy is sometimes understandably mistaken as a Human Resources
opportunity, when it is actually a fast paced and exciting sales role.
The position is varied - Recruitment Consultants are expected to be advisors, business
developers, sales executives, marketers, interviewers and much more.
You will start out as a Trainee working alongside our Senior Directors and Managers.
You will not need to do any “New Business Development” yet. Your role will be to
deliver candidates into existing and well-established accounts.
After completing the initial training programme and achieving set targets you will
be responsible for your own desk. You will start to build up a niche area within
the business . You will run this niche area like it’s your own business with the
support, guidance, infrastructure and reputation of the company.
Being responsible for your own desk means your duties will include:
• A small amount of New Business Development
• Account Management
• Candidate Sourcing & Headhunting
• Advertisements, Networking & Database searches
• Negotiation of fees and salaries
• Interviewing candidates
• Closing Deals
• Making Commission
• Working Hard
• Having Fun
We provide a supportive but challenging environment
where ambitious people can thrive. We also pride our-
selves on being a thoroughly nice bunch of people. This
has resulted in long lasting relationships with the figure
heads of the Recruitment and Sales Industry and an
excellent reputation amongst them to boot.
We employ high calibre, results-driven people and are
committed to providing you with in-depth training and
continued professional development to enable you to
have a long and fulfilled career with SW6 Associates.
At every stage of your career you will be assessed on
your performance as well as your skills and behaviour to
ensure you’re being developed and stretched so you’re
able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
That being said, we aim to promote an empowering
culture where all opinions are heard and everyone is
respected. We do not micro-manage our staff as when
you become part of the team an instant level of trust
and respect is in place.
You will be working directly with a senior consultant
to gain the expertise needed to source the best
candidates consistently for our Industry leading
You will now take full responsibility for the
recruitment process sourcing candidates for our
existing clients and ensuring the process runs
smoothly for both clients and candidates alike.
With the help of a resourcer you will continue to
deliver to existing clients while taking on further
responsibilities for business development, allowing
you to start building on your own niche within the
You will now start to build your own team and
take control of your own niche market at SW6
Associates. You will be given full responsibilty
for the hiring and performance of your team and
growing your chosen sector.
Consultants at SW6 Associates are proud to be part of a high earning environment.
76% of our consultants bill above £180k during their second year, with a few exceeding this by
a large margin.
At SW6 Associates we give our consultants up to 35% of their billings - this means if you bill
£200k at SW6 Associates you will earn in excess of £60,000 per annum. That’s an average
paycheck of £5,000 each month!
If you bill £300k at SW6 Associates you can earn in excess of £80,000 per annum, which is an
average of just over £6,500 on your paycheck each month!
We know this is possible because we can see our consultants doing it (and more) right now!
We have developed all our teams 100% organically. Every person
in the business started in the same position - as a resourcer - and
has been promoted through the ranks.
You will start your career with SW6 Associates in a training
course, delivered by industry experts. During this course you will
learn the core skills needed to become a great consultant.
Following this course we will continue to develop your skillset
with one on one support from top performers in the business
and members of the management teams- all of whom have
undertaken a management programme designed to make sure
they are able to help YOU reach your full potential as an SW6
Sometime you earn,
Sometimes you learn,
At SW6 Associates you will do both.
At SW6 Associates we believe hard work
should be celebrated and rewarded, so we
have created an incentive scheme like no other
to get you inspired.
We’ve made sure every deal counts, alongside
our industry leading commission structure
(we’ve seen everyone else’s, we know ours
is good)! You will also be entered into a prize
draw from your very first deal each month. The
more deals you do the more chance you have
We don’t believe in doing things by halves so
we also run targets for all our consultants to go
on all expenses paid holidays – most recently
we’ve been stayed in 5* hotels in Ibiza and
Other benefits of working at SW6 Associates
• An excellent company reputation within
the Recruitment Industry.
• A clear map for career progression so you
know exactly what you need to do to get to
where you need to be.
• Lunch Club Targets for a fun filled after-
noon out of the office on us.
• Fizzy Fridays – because after a tough week,
working hard, everyone deserves a beer
and to ease into the weekend.
• Discounted Gym Membership.
• Cycle to Work scheme.
• Directors have relatively good chat.
• Team snacks.
INSIDE SCOOP : BEN WATSON
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2003
with a degree in Business Economics and
aspirations to go into banking.
I fell into the world of Rec2Rec completely
by chance and joined Jason Leggatt at PAB
Associates in the first week with the view to
work for 6 months, save some money and
then go travelling. Thirteen years later, I am
The reality was it went better than I could
have hoped, I earned very good money very
quickly and decided going travelling again
would set me back too far. If I am honest, I
was also enjoying the life and the freedom
that earning good money allowed. Alongside
Jason, I created the business from nothing
and starting building a team focusing mainly
on trainee recruitment hires.
In January 2006 I was given the opportunity
to set up my own solo brand and gain equity
ownership which was named SRS consulting.
I grew this to 6 people pretty quickly and it
was the most profitable part of the business.
We made the strategic decision during the
to take autonomy in their workload and has
a competitive edge that really gets the best
out of staff. It is certainly not the easiest job/
industry you can go into but it can be highly
rewarding, challenging and entrepreneurial
if you are willing to work hard and have the
natural characteristics which make someone
good at sales.
The future is certainly going to be a very bright
one for SW6. There is no one firm to date
which has really dominated the R2R market
on a global basis and this is certainly our aim
so we have got some very big and ambitious
plans, making it a very exciting and lucrative
time to join SW6.
recession to consolidate and bring the brand
under one roof, and we rebranded to SW6
Associates of which I am now an equity owner.
In March 2013 I set up the senior
appointments team to diversify and
strengthen our brand name and create a
division that would be more resilient to the
economic climate. We are now regarded
as one of the leading and largest R2R’s in
the country; we have a very strong brand
name and place people globally from trainee
through to board level within both
contingency and executive search businesses.
We partner some of the leading brands, and
are often used in an advisory capacity. We
have been involved in building some of the
leading teams and boards of top recruitment
SW6 Associates has allowed me the
freedom to really grow with the business.
It is an extremely supportive environment
where culture is key but it still has the sales
element and commercial attributes any good
recruitment business should have. It rewards
staff extremely well, empowers everyone
INSIDE SCOOP : MICHELLE RYAN
would set me another and I thrived in this
environment. Within 18 months, I hit my
Management Target and was due to start
building my own team in August 2008 when
Lehman Brothers collapsed. Needless to say,
things got a lot more challenging and business
became more about survival than growth for a
few years. However, for me there wasn’t a
Plan B, even through the downturn I didn’t
look at the “easier” option of leaving
recruitment. I am incredibly stubborn and
refused to give up on the SW6 dream so we
focused on retaining our market share,
changing strategies and positioning ourselves
well for when the market improved. It was
incredibly challenging but we were resilient,
never gave up and came out the other side a
much, much better company.
From day 1 at SW6 I have constantly been
it, I was out interviewing with some amazing
recruitment companies across London,
getting lost constantly (pre iPhone days!) but
loving every second of the process.
Looking back now, I was so raw and green, I
often wonder how I managed to get any
offers but luckily I did; a couple of offers from
some amazing FTSE 250 companies and also
My decision to join SW6 was very much lead
by instinct. At the time, SW6 were 3 years
old, 5 people strong, had no website, no
database, based in Fulham in terrible offices
but I absolutely loved the people and felt the
environment would best suit me. They had
plans to grow and I wanted to be part of this. I
have not regretted this decision since.
Two of the things I think have led to my
success so far are a lot of hard work and
resilience. It has been a really worthwhile
journey, but not an easy one. I experienced
some very early success and was the Top
Billing Rookie in my first year with the
business. Every time I hit a target they
I grew up in a big family in rural Ireland where
my family owned one of the small village pubs
so I developed a very strong work ethic from
an early age. I was always very sociable, loved
working with people and also the
independence that came from working from
I completed a degree in Law and French at the
University of Limerick whilst spending each
summer working and travelling in the USA.
Whilst in New York, I worked 12hour days as a
waitress and bartender and learned the true
value of customer service. We didn’t get paid
an hourly wage, so everything was tip
dependent so we would aim for a 20% tip and
would always up-sell. The higher the bill, the
better the service, the higher your earnings. It
was my first experience of any role
resembling sales and is a big reason why I
ended up working in Recruitment. After
graduation I moved to London on a total
whim with a €7 one way Ryanair flight, a couch
to sleep on in Kent and not much else.
I applied to one of SW6’s adverts for a Trainee
Recruitment Role and before I knew
people such as Michael and Patrick join us as
trainees, work their way up through the
company to head up their own divisions. They
now spearhead Management meetings and
present their ideas to us. We are as open to
hearing these and growing and adapting as
we always have been and this will never
SW6 are growing. We have always had
aspirations to open further offices and our
only limitation was not having the right
people to drive this forward;- we now do. As
an organically grown organization, we never
wanted to hire Senior people to do this for us,
instead preferring to grow our own.
We now have the right key players that we
have taken from calling their first candidate
CV to setting up new business areas for us.
You are only as good as the people in your
business. All the best-laid plans come to
nothing if you don’t have the right people to
SW6 has been on a huge journey since I
joined in 2006. SW6 was only 3 years old
when I joined so, fortunately, I have been
involved in everything from the website,
the re-brand, marketing, training new
starters, relocation to new offices...
I was never solely “just a recruitment
consultant”, I got to be involved in the
whole business from a very young age. At
just 23 I had the opportunity to sit in
meetings with the Directors and they took
time to listen and then implement any good
ideas. I was empowered to be part of our
growth from the day I started.
As a business we had a “re-birth” in January
2013 when we re-branded, moved to The
City, added new team members and have
grown year on year since then. I am hugely
fortunate in that I have personally hired
every starter in the business since 2013 this
means I am surrounded by people that I
believe in. Because of this, I will work as
hard for them as they do for me. I have seen
challenged and set goals. I was asked in my
interview in 2006 what I wanted to gain from
joining SW6 and I said with a hopeful smile
that I wanted to be their first female Director.
From that moment, every target that was set
for me was set with a view to me being able to
achieve this. I was actively encouraged to
“think big” and then supported until the goal
I have never been micromanaged and
was allowed to develop my own style in a
completely autonomous but supportive
environment. When I joined SW6, the
Directors always encouraged me to embrace
the things that made me unique;- I continue
to do this with my team now.
We have lots of communication styles
and personalities here and as long as the
fundamental values are there across the
board we encourage people to be themselves
and add their own flair.
INSIDE SCOOP : MICHAEL DELEA
I’m originally from Liverpool and having
turned down a place in various universities to
study law, I went on to study Media at Leeds
University. I did this with a view to getting
into the television industry as a presenter - I
thought I was going to be the next one man,
scouse version of Ant and Dec. Following
university, I came back to reality with a bump
and was working back home in Liverpool in a
pretty well paid, but horribly boring financial
contractor role for Lloyds Banking Group.
Two years in this role was more than enough
and I knew I needed to do something else...
Despite meeting and being offered roles
with a few different companies, I joined SW6
Associates in April 2014 due to a gut feeling;
a gut feeling about my ability to do the job
from my first conversation with one of the
consultants here, and then again about the
company culture when I first walked into the
office to meet with the Directors. My gut
was right on both counts!
It’s hard for me to put my finger on why I
have been able to progress so quickly and to
consistently hold a top position within the
company (you should probably ask the
Directors)! However, I know that; I am
quickly able to gauge and build a rapport with
every type of candidate and client, I do not
take myself too seriously which allows me to
move on quickly from either successes or
failures - this definitely helps in this industry,
I have a little bit (some might say a lot) of ego
which pushes me to have to/want to do well
and I always go the extra mile for a client or a
candidate if the situation needs me to.
Finally, I’m generally a positive and social
person which means the day-to-day of the
job (most notably talking to people on the
phone all day) doesn’t really faze me. In fact I
actually enjoy it (most of the time)!
SW6 Associates has helped me get to a
management position in under 2 years - and
earn really good money in the process by
taking time to understand the way I work.
The bosses made a real effort from day 1 to
understand my personality and work with it
The Job Crowd rated us #1 Top Recruitment Company to
work for in the UK and #2 Top Company to work for in the
UK across all industries.
to get the best out of me – they also gave me
enough autonomy to get on with things while
supporting me with the bits of the job which
didn’t come as naturally to me – the admin
being the main one! It’s good to be speaking
to people all day about a brand with such a
positive presence in the market and allows
me to be confident and assured in selling the
experience a client or candidate will receive
from me as a consultant and us as a business.
Finally, the fact the people here are all great
but also want to give each other a run for their
money makes the job a pleasure but also a
challenge each day.
ENOUGH ABOUT US, LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU...
For us, personality is key; we have a fun, lively and
softly - managed environment where people with
a high level of emotional intelligence will have
great success. We not only want someone who will
fit in well but who will enhance the environment
and add value.
We are a hardworking yet humorous bunch. We
are passionate about life with varying interests in
sport, music, socialising and world travel.
We are all unique individuals but the common
bond that joins us all is the desire to carve out a
remarkable career and enjoy doing so.
We want you to be an over achiever.
Whether it’s in sport, university, on the sales floor,
we want you to have excelled.
We want you to be courageous.
Our people aren’t afraid to challenge the norms.
When they identify ways in which processes can
be tightened they let us know. If there is an area of
the market that remains untapped and they want
to lead it’s growth- they propose the idea to us.
We want you to do the same.
We want you to be unsatisfied...
Ok, that’s not strictly true, but we want you to
always be striving for more. Nothing is good
enough for you when it comes to personal
We want you to have a bit of an ego.
Although you need to be in control of it. We want
all of your drive and pride but we’ll take it with a
pinch of your best humility.
We want you to “fly the plane”*.
When things go wrong, and they will, we want you
to be the type of person who doesn’t get bogged
down in the details of the problem, we want you
to carry on and get yourself back on track without
We want you.
email@example.com*This is a common piece of advice given to trainee pilots to avoid crashes!
“When something goes wrong, don’t forget to fly the plane!”
“Excellent training, very supportive environment.
Fantastic benefits and incentives. Great team
culture, all celebrate each others victories! Very
generous commission structure with a clear path
set for development and progression. Cool offices,
great vibe on the sales floor, buzzy atmosphere
with good music! Really good advertising budget,
“Brilliant company in the heart of the City of London. Every
person in the office is very driven but at the same time is up
for a laugh which provides a great environment to work in.
The incentives that are placed in front of you are second to
none such as monthly drinks, lunch clubs and target holidays.
Senior Management are brilliant, very friendly, open to
rewarding the staff and eager to hear opinions. Moving
forward the company has some ambitious, exciting plans and
has a strong future ahead of itself.”
“The company culture is fantastic, everyone earns
individual commission but works together as a
team. Senior Management are very open to
hearing opinions from everyone in the company
and embrace new ideas with ease. We have great
incentives set weekly, monthly, quarterly and
annually so it’s very easy to stay focused on our
STREET(Taken from reviews on Glassdoor)