We bring high calibre candidates to high calibre companies through strong partnerships and working to understand your business culture and values
Over 20 years experience
Building relationships to find you the best talent to suit your business needs
When you work with Optimal Recruitment Services, we not only guarantee an expert and high level of customer service from our specialist Recruitment Consultants, but an incredibly high calibre team with extensive knowledge and support. The majority of our employers work with us exclusively and we work across all types of organisations, from small businesses right through to PLC’s and private equity backed businesses.
We work with some of the UK’s top talent to ensure we provide our clients with candidates who don’t just fit the job description and ethos of the company but are long-term investments.
Our dedicated team of recruiters take time to get to know your business and understand your needs and requirements, keeping you up-to-date at every stage of the process – from taking an initial in-depth job description to assisting with inductions where necessary. For us, it’s all about the long-term relationship and making sure we understand exactly what your business model is, the challenges you are facing and identifying the needs of the organisation.
We have a wealth of experience and are proud of the reputation we have gained within the industry.
Our commercial terms are extremely competitive, and you decide how much or how little of our service you require. If we cannot support you on a role because we do not believe we have the expertise then we will tell you, and we will also direct you to someone else who may be able to assist. For us, it is not about managing all of your business requirements, it’s about us providing excellent support to your business where we can.
We're here to help
If you would like to discuss a vacancy, or you’re exploring your recruitment options, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help.
In addition to sourcing candidates, we offer
the following as part of our recruitment services:
Financial reward is one of the primary drivers for employees to come to work; it is also one of the organisation’s highest costs. Achieving remuneration packages that suits both the staff member and the business’ development goals is one of the most difficult skills facing organisations today.
Here at Optimal, we have access to many benchmarking tools which support the development of reward structure whether that be for an organisation who needs a full review, or as a stand alone service for individual positions that are either new to the business or simply need updating, giving you the opportunity to undertake either regular small scale activity or larger departmental or company-wide exercises.
Our team work with clients at SME level right through to PLC’s and can provide fast and accurate salary benchmark reports, from which management can base robust and independent reward decisions.
Its that time of year again, the dreaded pay reviews, its an emotive subject whether you reward company or individual performance and it can end up being the most difficult of conversations!
The subject of pay and wages has been a hot topic in recent years, with many discussions around fair pay and the gender pay gap. Subsequently, it’s more important than ever before that organisations carry out regular and fair pay reviews to ensure their staff are paid appropriately. Not only does this help ensure a happy workforce, but it contributes greatly to the recruitment and retention of employees.
If you are looking to carry out a pay review within your company, it’s important you plan it properly and consider all the appropriate factors. It can be a difficult and arduous task if you don’t have the skills in-house or the access to external data.
Optimal’s team of HR professionals work with clients across the UK of all sizes on pay reviews. We have access to the most up to date benchmarking and gender pay information which means we can do it quicker and cheaper than you can do it yourselves.
For a confidential discussion regarding pay reviews in your organisation, give us a call on 01422 897152.
The quest for ongoing learning and development is one that sets apart good leaders from great leaders.
Developing, refining, and improving skills isn’t something just for those starting out on their career path, rather it is something that benefits everyone, including those who have reached the very top of an organisation. Leadership assessments and executive coaching are integral tools in creating powerful leadership teams within an organisation.
Having the humility to appreciate there is always more to learn and improve is something that all leaders should aspire to.
But in a world where anyone can be a “coach”, how do organisations understand the value executive coaching can bring and how can they ensure it will yield positive results for their organisation?
Here at Optimal, we have been working with leaders for over 10 years through Executive Coaching Programmes delivering results-orientated, data driven and measured coaching. All of our coaches possess high level coaching qualifications as well as having experience in business, so they bring real-world experience into coaching sessions.
The decision to make a career transition can be a difficult one for anyone to make. Job searches are universally tough. The actual decision to transition to a new company is only half the battle, though. Successfully making the transition itself is the other half. While your experience in your existing role has equipped you to tackle challenges specific to your line of work, there are a number of things that even the most professionals struggle with when seeking to move into a new role.
At Optimal we can work with you to ensure you prepare yourself for the smooth transition into a new world by providing Coaching and Mentoring options along with sound advice and challenge.
An assessment centre is a recruitment selection process where the organisation typically assesses a group of candidates at the same time and place using a range of selection exercises. Assessment centres are one of the most effective methods for predicting a candidate’s suitability for a job, so can help organisations to avoid making poor recruitment decisions and the costs associated with them. Candidates are more likely to have a positive experience at an assessment centre than where they are assessed by interview alone.
Some organisations use assessment centres only for high-value roles, others use it for high volume roles. Organisations can choose from a variety of selection exercises, including structured interviews, work-sample activities, group exercises and role-plays.
Optimal PBS can provide a full Assessment Centre for volume recruitment for any organisation, working with you to ensure we test the skills and requirements for the role and you get exceptional candidates for your roles.
Employment reference still play a critical part in the employment screening process to verify that your candidate has the experience they claim and were employed when and where they said they were. Some regulators insist on obtaining a reference from the most recent employer of your candidate.
Outsourcing this service to Optimal means less time going back and forth for your HR team and more time on value add initiatives, as well as a swift and smooth process for the new employee.
Do you need some help getting through all of your recruitment but cannot afford a full recruitment service. Pre-screening candidates through telephone interviews means that hiring managers get to see the top candidates. This step in the recruitment process can be extremely time consuming for HR teams and often gets missed out meaning candidates who are not suitable end up being interviewed by frustrated, busy managers.
We provide a full CV sifting and pre-screening telephone interview service which reduced time for your HR teams and provides hiring managers with top quality candidates.
Are you a small business who needs a second opinion on recruiting people to your organisation? Or are you a CEO of a larger business looking to make some discreet changes and needs an external viewpioint? You would be surprised how many people are in this situation with you. Recruiting someone to work with you in your organisation is a big decision and a huge investment. We have extensive experience of interviewing candidates, after all, our team have all been in HR for many years!
Needs a DBS or Credit check doing? How about an FCA check, an Identity Check or a Right to Work check doing.
We are fully licensed to provide all pre-employment checks for your organisation. Whether you need one person doing or 100, we can support this and provide you with swift turnaround times.
What our clients say
Optimal People and Business are experts in all things HR. We worked successfully with them to produce a series of information videos to help businesses during the Corona lockdown. We are looking forward to working with them again in the near future as we grow our business.
We personally dealt with Vici at Optimal and she was a delight. She was open and honest and gave great advice and guidance. She helped us deal with what could have been a very difficult dismissal with a problematic member of staff. I would not hesitate to recommend Vici to any business for their HR.
Can’t thank Mel and the team enough. Really helped my business in a crisis. Looking forward to working with you and the team.
Brilliant service, friendly staff, lovely team
Amazing service and support from extremely knowledgeable people, who also take great care in the standard of their work. Can't fault them, thank you so much!
5* all round, Mel was extremely helpful and answered all my questions, very friendly and professional. Recommended to others and would definitely use again. Thank you again Mel and Helen.
Mel and her team are fantastic, help me all along the way with some complex issues. Couldn't recommend more.
I've used Optimal PBS on a couple of occasions now to assist with due diligence on an acquisition i've been working on and also to provide contract and handbook production. Cannot fault the support or advice provided.
We love this company and Mel is a god send to our business, she sorted everything for us from employee contracts to helping us source the right accountant, she is at the end of the phone whenever I have any HR questions (even when on holiday) can not fault her commitment. Keep up the good work!
Meet our Recruitment experts
Our team of experienced Recruitment professionals have worked across multiple sectors and have significant experience of supporting our clients with all their recruitment needs