• Head of Talent Acquisition

    Head of Talent Acquisition


    Onvi’s partnership with Jack at Understanding Recruitment has been critical for the business during an exciting time of growth, which required a quick hire turnaround of high-level technical candidates, that also importantly fitted into our company culture. I am confident in using Jack again for our next round of growth and would happily recommend his services to any hiring manager or in-house recruiter.

  • Graduate Developer

    Graduate Developer

    Placed by James Hunt

    Throughout the whole process I felt very encouraged and motivated by the recruiter. I was given very detailed information about the different job offers and James helped me understand what all of them consisted of. He answered all my questions promptly and in detail.

  • Data Analyst

    Data Analyst

    Placed by Tom Rankin

    This was my best experience with a recruitment agency so far. Tom has managed to find a role which is a perfect match for my skill-set. His commitment and feedback throughout the entire process was second to none. The tips and documentation provided were fantastic and have surely produced results in the interview room.

  • Test Analyst

    Test Analyst

    Placed by Nicola Parker

    I found Nicola to be very friendly and very straight talking. I have found a lot of recruiters in the past to waste a lot of time, however Nicola was very honest from the start and acted professionally at all times.

  • Azure Developer

    Azure Developer

    Placed by Tom Parker

    I dealt with Tom at Understanding Recruitment and he helped me prepare for my interview/presentation and liaised back and forth on my behalf a number of times with various queries I had. Tom was responsive, understanding and very helpful indeed and I would not hesitate to use his services again. Thanks for getting me my new job!

  • Java Developer

    Java Developer

    Placed by Cedric Sellmann

    My recruiter, Cedric, helped me find a great job which aligned with what I was looking for. He is very personable and I really appreciated the occasional check-ins we'd have. I never felt lost during the interview processes with him. I certainly recommend Understanding Recruitment!

  • D365 System Admin

    D365 System Admin

    Placed by Arjun Gillard

    Was approached by Arjun Gillard and put forward for a role, Arjun was very helpful and supportive all the way through, constantly kept me updated. 100% satisfied with the service.

  • Algorithm Researcher

    Algorithm Researcher

    Placed by Anna Heneghan

    Really good support throughout the whole process. Very professional and helpful. I highly recommend their service!

  • Java Developer

    Java Developer

    Placed by Joshua Smith

    I was contacted by Josh during my job search. He put me forward for a role which seemed like a perfect fit, and now I'm looking forward to getting started in the near future. At every step in the process, I felt well prepared and was constantly kept updated as new information came through. No complaints at all!

  • Lead SDET

    Lead SDET

    Placed by James Potton

    James Potton has been very pro-active and ensured the entire process from application, until I joined, totally covered. Highly recommended to work with

  • Senior Software Engineer

    Senior Software Engineer

    Placed by Anna Lynch

    Anna is a first-class recruiter. She recommended high-quality positions and provided me with useful information along the application process. I am very impressed by her work efficiency, and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a technology-related opportunity.

  • Project Manager

    Project Manager

    Placed by Jack Cascarino

    Jack Cascarino contacted me regarding a position at a cutting edge health care company. I was really impressed with his responsiveness between myself and the company and keeping me updated with progress. After a couple of interviews and with Jacks help I had an offer which I accepted. Thanks, Jack.

  • Java Developer

    Java Developer

    Placed by Joshua Smith

    My contact at Understanding Recruitment was Joshua Smith. He established my requirement and he presented me with four accurate roles and interviews very quickly. My experience with Josh was always transparent, precise and fruitful. I highly recommend.

  • Service Operations Manager

    Service Operations Manager

    Placed by Nicola Parker

    Having had many contacts with multiple recruiters and recruitment agencies over the last couple of months, I can safely say that Nicola and Understanding Recruitment are top tier in their field.

  • Android Developer

    Android Developer

    Placed by Cedric Sellmann

    My recruiter was Cedric. The entire process went smooth, all throughout the interview stages and afterwards, he made sure that I was comfortable and up to speed with any news regarding the job, so I guess the company name suits their personality, they really do understand you. I would definitely recommend them to anyone searching for a new job!

  • Head of Operations

    Head of Operations

    Placed by Harry Sansom

    Great team of recruiters, they really know their clients and how to prepare candidates for interviews etc.

  • Software Engineer

    Software Engineer

    Placed by Anna Heneghan

    Anna was incredibly helpful and communicated brilliantly throughout the application process. Thoroughly recommend.

  • Rust Engineer

    Rust Engineer

    Placed by Cedric Sellmann

    They provided me with great support during my process with one of their customers and helped me out in the final steps with supplementary information on the position.

  • SQL Developer

    SQL Developer

    Placed by Emma Wilson

    Emma was very professional and a pleasure to work with; I would highly recommend their services to anyone seeking a new position.

  • Cloud Platform Engineer

    Cloud Platform Engineer

    Placed by Anna Lynch

    I was helped by Anna Lynch from this company in my recent job search. My experience has been surprisingly pleasant from the start. I highly recommend this company.

  • Graduate IT Engineer

    Graduate IT Engineer

    Placed by Emma Wilson

    The recruiter I had (Emma) was fantastic. She kept me up to date on every part of the process, made sure I was prepared for interviews and consistently outdid herself every step of the way. I don't think I could've asked for a smoother application process as she made it practically seamless...

  • Test Analyst

    Test Analyst

    Placed by Harry Sansom

    Understanding Recruitment was very professional and had a great experience in my job search. I very much appreciate Harry Sansom the way he handled everything was polite, understanding and helpful for me throughout the journey from scheduling my first interview to joining the company. I wish Harry and Understanding Recruitment very good luck. Thanks a lot.

  • CTO



    Talent search is an essential part of any growing business. But beware, there are a lot of sharks out there looking to take a bite out of employers and job seekers alike. For me hiring is an ever-constant activity. I find the secret of success is building strong, long-term relationships with a few reputable agents whom I can trust. James is one of those. He is professional, discrete, dependable, focused and efficient. He has been helping me recruit top developers since 2015. James is always worth calling first whether you are hiring or looking for new job opportunities.

  • UK Recruitment Manager

    UK Recruitment Manager

    Ocado Technology

    I have worked closely with the Understanding Recruitment team for years now. They’ve played an important role in finding the specialist and hard to find tech talent we need to strengthen Ocado Technology as a world-leading technology business and disruptive innovator. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to companies wanting to scale their growth in specialist tech areas.

  • International Recruitment Manager

    International Recruitment Manager

    Ocado Technology

    What stands out about Understanding Recruitment’s success is the immense challenge it is to resource and recruit top Java Developers in volume, in such a competitive market and in a sparsely populated area. Having developed a successful, tight-knit partnership with Ocado’s in-house recruitment team, Understanding Recruitment has really taken the time to appreciate Ocado’s requirements and continually deliver to the uppermost standard.

  • Production Support & DBA Manager

    Production Support & DBA Manager

    Placed by Nicola Parker

    As a candidate, from my first contact with Nicola to the last she always maintained the highest levels of professionalism, courtesy and diligence. We all know that recruitment agencies are commission-based like sales people, yet I never once felt like I was being treated like a commodity, I was treated like a person. It takes good people to treat people well and Nicola was very good!

  • Head of Technology Services

    Head of Technology Services

    Bourne Leisure

    I worked with Alex in my role as Head of Technology Services Manager at Bourne Leisure. She helped me to recruit contractors and permanent staff for multiple roles. Alex is a pleasure to work with. Quick to understand requirements, fun to talk to, reliable in getting back to you and tenacious in finding the right candidate.

  • Business Partner Resourcing

    Business Partner Resourcing

    Enfield Council

    The team at Understanding Recruitment took a highly professional approach in helping Enfield Council to fill a number of ICT roles. As a specialist technology and software recruitment company, their extensive knowledge of the market helped to refine our requirements and they formed effective working relationships with the service leads to deliver fully briefed and qualified candidates for interviews. By providing a high level quality service of candidate management, Understanding Recruitment were able to represent Enfield Council, promoting our values and key behaviours. Consistently responsive in their approach, Tom and his team successfully delivered a large number of quality appointments and would certainly recommend their services to others.

  • Head of Information Management & Technology

    Head of Information Management & Technology

    Enfield Council

    Tom from Understanding Recruitment has been a valuable recruitment partner of Enfield Council's DDaT team. He has an excellent people-centric approach that goes beyond just matching skills and experience to a job spec. Tom has an excellent understanding of the market and the technical sector.            

  • Talent Acquisition Manager

    Talent Acquisition Manager


    Arjun is the type of tech recruiter I like to work with; alongside strong knowledge of the sector, he also works well with an internal TA team and shows confidence in his placement ability. He listened at the first intro meeting as to how I like to work (we will come to you and don't send mass CV's!) and ultimately placed strong candidates when we asked him to work on a role. Look forward to working with him again in my next role!

  • Talent Acquisition Consultant

    Talent Acquisition Consultant

    Domino Data Lab

    We owe you a big thanks Tom! The interviewee mentioned that he wasn't actively looking, but when you reached out, the presentation you gave about our company was "too interesting to resist". You've done a tremendous job helping us fill some key roles in the UK and I appreciate your partnership!

  • Director



    Understanding Recruitment are not your typical agency as they really do put in the extra effort to understand your requirements, technical and from a business perspective. Chris and James were a pleasure to deal with and worked hard to find us the right person for the role.

  • Director - Software Engineering

    Director - Software Engineering

    Global Relay

    I have worked with James & Charlotte and co for nearly two years now. They understand the engineering group we are trying to build, they understand what good looks like for the types of people we are looking to hire, and they have consistently delivered high quality applicants with very little drop in volume despite a very tough market at times. They are professional whilst also being thoroughly enjoyable to work with and I would probably say they know our business better than any other agency.

  • Lead Recruitment

    Lead Recruitment

    Global Relay

    We have worked with James, Charlotte and their team for the better part of two years, during a time when we were dramatically scaling our operations in London. They played an instrumental role in helping us to hire a significant number of technical people, including Java Developers, SDET’s, React Developers, DevOps Engineers, Product Managers and a few others. The communication and collaboration with their team has further enabled a very fruitful relationship, and it’s fair to say that we have found a strategic ally in Understanding Recruitment.