Hays undergoes brand refresh and repositioning to reflect the new world of work

July 1st, 2022 - London, UK

Hays, the global leader in workforce solutions and specialist recruitment, has unveiled a major brand refresh and repositioning to better meet the changing needs of organizations and professionals in the rapidly evolving world of work.

The significant changes to the world of work over the past two years have seen Hays evolve as an organization – placing the company in a better position to meet the emerging requirements of its customers and address new challenges they are facing, such as long-term skill shortages, new job category creation, the constant need to upskill workforces, higher wage inflation and changing work habits. Hays is supporting its customers, both employers and candidates, in more ways than ever before to navigate what is a more complex world of work.

The brand refresh and repositioning signals Hays’ continually increasing focus on delivering to its customers’ needs by providing a wider range of services. This transition sees Hays increasingly going to market as a HR and Talent Services business, bringing an integrated suite of services, including workforce solutions, MSP and RPO, alongside specialist recruitment, to help its clients grow and maintain their competitive advantages in this new era of work.

Hays sees its role as Leadership Partner, working alongside its customers to solve the complex workplace issues so relevant in the world today, for example helping its clients design and implement strategies to create inclusive and equitable workplaces; delivering insights through the power of its people data to support clients in their decision making; providing advice on how to access Talent Networks that deliver the best fit for their business; helping create attractive employer propositions by truly understanding a company’s identity; and providing support with all aspects of their early careers proposition from strategic planning through to operational execution.

Hays also recognizes that professionals want different forms of support in their career. This means greater investment in becoming a true career advocate to its candidates by providing them with the necessary insights and tools to aid them in their career, facilitating learning to ensure their skills remain relevant in a constantly evolving world of work, and assisting them in developing a career roadmap to help them achieve their ambitions and empowering them to succeed

As part of its brand refresh, Hays is consolidating its sub-brands, simplifying its structure and revamping its brand messaging so customers will all benefit from the full power of Hays’ capability locally and globally. The move will connect all areas of its business to enable better sharing of knowledge, continual enhancement of the suite of services that are available to customers and deliver a more personalised experience. The change is designed to make it seamless and straightforward to access any aspect of Hays’ services and easy to do business together.

Alistair Cox, Hays Chief Executive, commented, “Hays sits at the heart of what economies need most to thrive – talented workforces – and we know that the creation, development and retention of workforces is becoming more complex. Our business is all about people, so this next phase of our own evolution is designed to better solve these challenges for our clients and candidates. By doing so, we aim to help more businesses and the people in them to succeed in this rapidly changing world of work.

Cox continued, “It is an exciting time to be part of Hays, what we’re doing now will define our success as a business for years to come. The unique scale, breadth and depth of Hays’ knowledge and expertise worldwide makes us stronger in the market than ever before. Bringing the full power of our insights and capability to each customer in an integrated and customer-centric way will create a formidable platform for our own growth.” During 2021, Hays undertook comprehensive research with external experts, speaking to clients, non-clients, and candidates globally to understand their perception of what Hays does well, where opportunities existed and what they really wanted and needed from their partners and the role Hays could play.

Hays also looked at competitors in the market to understand how others in the industry were evolving their own approach in order to understand how to truly differentiate Hays’ services in the market. Hays’ new tagline “Working for your tomorrow” is about preparing organisations and people to be stronger tomorrow than they are today. It signals Hays’ intention to work alongside its customers to help them achieve their goals. It also shows its commitment to putting its customers at the centre of everything it does, looking to the future and anticipating what is needed to help its customers make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead.

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the world leading specialist in recruitment and workforce solutions, such as RPO and MSP. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December 2021 the Group employed c.12,100 staff operating from 254 offices. For the year ended 30 June 2021:

– the Group reported net fees of £918.1 million and operating profit of £95.1 million;

– the Group placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 220,000 people into temporary roles;
– 17% of Group net fees were generated in Australia & New Zealand, 27% in Germany, 22% in United Kingdom & Ireland and 34% in Rest of World (RoW);
– the temporary placement business represented 61% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 39% of net fees;

– Technology is the Group’s largest specialism, with 26% of net fees, while Accountancy & Finance (14%) and Construction & Property (12%), are the next largest

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