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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks again for all your help and I wish you all the best.
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.
It makes a change to be continually supported and treated like a professional candidate rather than a commodity. Thank you.
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.
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!