What others say
We are extremely grateful to all of our clients who choose to work with us. We will always do everything we can to maintain the highest possible levels of service and delivery. We are even more grateful to those who have been able to take some time out of their busy day to write a few comments.
RECRUITMENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR 2019
Judges’ comments: “It’s fantastic to see the next generation of recruiters in this category, and the judges had a hard time deliberating over the winner. For a company of this size MLC showed impressive financial growth but coupled with strong ethics and core values. It appears that the entire organisation is bought into the strategy and values of the business.”
A true professional, Richard is a pleasure to work with. He is diligent in his approach and an excellent communicator. Very few agencies can effectively balance professionalism, communication and delivery, but Richard (and MLC) execute this perfectly.
After 4 ½ years of contracting with various agencies, joining MLC was a really refreshing experience. Sarah treats you as an individual, using her time and energy to concentrate on the relationship building aspect of the recruitment process; this unique approach must be the way forward in recruitment.
I look forward to working together moving forward.
I have recently retained MLC Partners to recruit my VSM CFO post (£135,000) for South East London Commissioning Alliance, having failed to find the right candidates through NHS Jobs and all other routes. MLC Partners were not a firm I was previously aware of but they came across with passion and enthusiasm when we met them, took a thorough and challenging brief, and we felt that if we awarded them the business it really mattered to them. In the event, I have been more than satisfied with the process and their candidate reach in the market, and the thorough and professional approach they have undertaken for us.
MLC Partners have been honest, thorough and relentless in their pursuit of a longlist, from which a shortlist of previously unapproached candidates was produced, the shortlist was approved and we were successful at appointing to this hugely important role. MLC Partners were able to assess our requirements of the role correctly and have been able to sell our organisation and role both passionately and effectively to relevant senior executives. They have been available at all times, and have kept the team at SELCA fully updated throughout the recruitment process. I can thoroughly recommend MLC Partners for any Band 9/VSM retained recruitment.
I have to say without fear or favour that MLC partners in my opinion, is the top recruitment agency to be with.
The proof of the pudding they say is in the eating.
MLC have placed me in three long placements spanning nearly four years. They not only placed me in roles but met up with me regularly to see how I was getting on. They also negotiated the best possible salary, ensuring that my development was mapped at the same time. I have never been out of work when a contract has ended. I have risen from being an advisor to a head of department in what is a very competitive market over the years.
My relationship with the MLC team has grown also. Richard Knudsen has been my point of contact all these years negotiating the best opportunities for me whilst Sonal has ensured my timesheets are in on time so I have no issues with pay. Lara has been just as consistent.
Twice a year I get to meet the team in a social setting and have broadened my network in the process.
This, to me, is what an employee seeks.
I have worked with Pete as a client several times over the last few years, and more so recently in his capacity as founder of MLC Partners. Pete has, for many years, been the ‘go-to’ person for HR resourcing solutions, whether these be interim or permanent. In my experience, Pete looks to build effective relationships as a primary core to the way he does business, whether this be with clients or candidates. Working with Pete and MLC more recently, we have found that they take the time to send profiles of high quality candidates having taken the time to really understand what we have wanted from the person, and the expectations of the role. In addition, we’ve even been able to consider more creative solutions to some difficult to recruit posts, which other agencies have not been willing to consider. We have been very happy with the service from Pete and the team at MLC who continue to evidence a strong presence in the industry.
Sarah, many thanks for your on-going support and I wish you and the company well!
Working with MLC partners has been great for us because they really took the time to get to know our organisation and only put candidates forward for jobs with the right skills and personality. Unlike other recruitment agencies, MLC place people according to their ability and potential helping us with some of our hard to fill vacancies. Since working with us on some initial contracts, they regularly call just to catch up and check on how their candidates are getting on; dealing with any concerns I have immediately.
It is brilliant to work with an agency that genuinely wants candidates to progress and succeed in their careers and work with organisations to find the right candidate, not just any candidate. Steve and Pete have always been professional, honest and reliable. As an NMNC framework agency, with a high understanding of the NHS and commissioning environment I would not hesitate in recommending MLC to anyone.
Josh always sources credible candidates and makes the recruitment process very easy! What I respect about Josh the most is his honesty and understanding of the role. He does not shy away from having difficult conversations and fully tailors his service to the clients need. I would happily recommend josh and the MLC Partners team to anyone looking for help in recruitment.
Pete has recruited interims for me and placed me as a candidate over a number of years. I have always found his knowledge about the market, his professionalism, honesty and all round customer care, to be of the highest standard.
I really appreciated the honest advice he has given me over the years, updates about roles and regular phone calls just keeping in touch. If you treat your candidates right, then they may refer you to employers or be in position to need your services as an employer themselves, so keep on doing what you’re doing!
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to acknowledge the excellent work of Pete Marshall. I have had some rather poor experiences of recruitment consultants in the past, however, Pete has been exceptional from start to finish with my appointment to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
It was an absolute pleasure working with Theo.
His customer focus is exceptional as he helped me with big and small issues, resolving all of them. Theo is friendly, professional and very personable and I look forward to working with him again.
MLC are a strange bunch – but in a good way.
My experience has been that they see me as a unique individual, with particular needs and requirements, and willing to do certain types of work in certain types of ways only. Rather than put me in a pile of CVs that they can send out, I have found that they have tried to fit their service around exactly what I need and have not sent me off for interviews or meetings that make their stats look good but don’t really help me.
I am very pleased with the placement I am doing through MLC and although I doubt they make much profit from me I appreciate the regular contact, advice and check ins that I get.
So strange, unusual, bespoke, specific – but definitely worth working with.
… His knowledge of the markets and the NHS is remarkable and always on point, and he often shares information that is beneficial to the department.
Pete recruited me to my current post as Portfolio Manager in the Transformation team at GSTT. As a candidate, my experience of the overall process was very positive and a few things particularly stand out. From my initial meeting with Pete, I was impressed the depth of his knowledge about GSTT and his client’s needs – in this case the Director and Head of Transformation. This was really important and gave me great confidence in him and the process, despite any initial reservations I may have had about communicating through a third party. Pete kept me really well informed and coached me through each stage of the recruitment, giving helpful feedback along the way. It was clear that his aim was to find the best fit between the candidate and the client and I really felt that my interests were being considered at every step of the process.
It makes a change to be continually supported and treated like a professional candidate rather than a commodity. Thank you.
We have worked with MLC Partners for the last few months as we sought to recruit to a number of posts within the Commercial Services team. MLC Partners took time to understand both the requirements of each role, but also to understand the organisational culture. They have taken a considered approach to sourcing candidates and we have successfully filled 6 posts, both permanent and freelance positions. MLC Partners have demonstrated that their targeting approach, ensuring that the candidates they present to us are a fit both in terms of skills and cultural fit, creating a seamless, efficient recruitment process. MLC Partners are now are “first point of call” whenever we have a vacancy within the team.