Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average earning potential for the bonus?

As an entry level Associate Consultant, you could earn up to an additional £10,000 on top of your base salary within your first year with EMEA Recruitment.

For a Recruitment Consultant, the sky is the limit. In 2022/23, muliple members of our team earned six figures.

What does the training programme include?

We are proud of our culture of ongoing learning, and everyone within EMEA is always open to learning new skills and ways to do things.

Initially, once you join, you will receive your detailed induction training. This will start within your first week at EMEA. It will teach you the essential skills and information you need to get started, as well as opportunities to get to know the people and the company. You will have your online training programme, which will also have space for you to take notes.

Following your induction, you will join our Foundation Training Programme, which will provide you with three training sessions per month for an AC and one per month for a Senior Consultant. We also provide additional external training opportunities.

What hours do you work?

Our office hours are 8am-5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8am-4pm Friday (GMT). Because we work internationally, we must be available outside of typical UK office hours. However, employees are welcome to finish work at 4.30pm on Wednesdays for our yoga classes and at 3pm on Fridays for our personal training sessions. We also promote taking a two-hour lunch break for self-benefit, such as going to the gym or having a coffee with friends.

How often do you have to be in the office?

When you join us, you will have a unique schedule of training and development activities for the first six months of your role. We also operate in a very open and collaborative environment, so your manager or Senior Consultants will always be on hand to provide support and guidance.

Because we work in international markets, it is likely that you will need to learn about different cultures and economies. For this reason, we feel it is beneficial for all new starters to work in the office full-time until they pass their probation period (three months).

After that, we offer a hybrid working policy, which allows you to work three days from home per week, should you wish to. The office is open five days a week for those who prefer a social environment.

Is there parking?

We do not have dedicated parking at our offices, however, there are numerous car parks nearby. Being in the centre of Nottingham, our office is easily accessible from the train station, tram stops and bus networks.

We also offer a Cycle to Work scheme, as well as safe storage for your bike, should you wish to choose a more eco-friendly method of getting to work.

How often do you travel and for how long?

Depending on the length of their stay, our Consultants typically travel once a month (2-3 days) or once a quarter (for a week). We are always happy for you to add holiday days onto these trips, for example, if you wish for your partner to join you in Switzerland, the Netherlands or the Nordics for a long weekend.

The frequency of your trips will depend on how many client and candidate meetings you have planned, as well as any events that are scheduled. This will all be discussed with your manager.

Are you expected to travel alone?

No. We will only expect you to travel once you reach Consultant level, at which point you will be accompanied by a senior team member, usually your manager. If you have travelled to Switzerland, the Netherlands or the Nordics multiple times and are comfortable, you may wish to make trips alone, but this will be discussed within your team.

All travel arrangements are made by our Administration team and paid for by EMEA Recruitment.

Do you have to come from a recruitment background?

No, although some experience of working in a recruitment agency would be beneficial. If you’re joining us as an Associate Consultant, we will provide all of the training and development support you will need to transition into an international recruitment environment. We look for people who are driven and confident, who can provide exceptional service to our clients and candidates. In the past, we’ve hired people from the hospitality and sales sectors.

If you are looking for a Senior Consultant role, we would require a strong recruitment background.

How long does it typically take to get promoted to a 360 Consultant from an Associate Consultant?

Our goal is to promote you to a 360° Recruitment Consultant within six months of joining us as an Associate Consultant. You will be given the training and support needed to make this step. To make the transition easier, we also aim to guide you to a 270° Consultant role within the first three months.

Do you have to speak another language?

As an international business, it is beneficial if you can bring additional languages to the team. We currently have French, German, Swedish and Polish speakers among our Consultants. However, our multi-national clients predominantly speak English, so you are not required to speak a second language. We do provide free language lessons for those who wish to learn another language.


Our Growth Story


EMEA Recruitment was founded in 2007 by Paul and Kelly Toms, initially focusing on Finance & Accountancy recruitment. Having worked within international recruitment for over 18 combined years, their aim was to build a recruitment company that offered something different to existing recruitment businesses - giving clients and candidates a genuine reason to use EMEA Recruitment ahead of their competition.


Paul Macildowie (ACA) joined EMEA Recruitment as Chairman. Paul has a track record of success in the financial recruitment industry and has demonstrable business acumen. Paul was founder and owner of Macildowie Associates, a financial recruitment company that he founded and later sold in a multi-million pound deal after 15 years of management and ownership.


Swiss Director, Brad Daniel (ACA), was appointed. Brad assists with the commercial development of EMEA Recruitment GmbH in Switzerland and was instrumental in opening the Zug office.


Richard Bailey joined as Managing Director. Richard brought with him many years of Finance and Professional Services recruitment experience. His focus has been to support the highly ambitious growth plans of the business - further developing our offering and strategically developing new complementary markets.


Our Human Resources recruitment division was established, currently managed by Keely Straw in Switzerland and Katie Insley in the Netherlands.


EMEA Recruitment launches Procurement & Supply Chain and Operations divisions, led by John Byrne, now Switzerland Country Director. John takes a lead role in expanding our client base in this discipline.


A dedicated Attraction & Development Consultant, Laura Henderson, was recruited into the business, acting as an internal recruiter to help EMEA attract the best recruiters in our market. Laura also takes responsibility for onboarding and providing each new employee with a consistent training/development program, which aligns with our vision & values.


EMEA Live was introduced, providing an easy-to-use virtual meeting room service for both clients and candidates. Meetings and interviews can be recorded and, with permission of the attendees, the meetings can be shared with clients instantly. Contact us to find out more about how this can improve your recruitment process.


Our Environmental, Social and Governance committee was formed, which helped us offer additional benefits and flexible working to our employees in a post-COVID world.


Michelle Ewing was welcomed to the EMEA Recruitment board of directors. 


Hannah Mallia, Director, launches our Finance Leadership recruitment team in the Netherlands to work with clients on their senior requirements, such as CFOs, Heads of Finance and Finance Directors.

Claire Stone joins us as our first Group Finance Director to drive growth and streamline our recruitment processes.


Paul launches our Nordics division by opening an office in Stockholm.