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Life at Hays

Learning & development

The recruitment industry is competitive and demanding and as a business our success is measured by our peoples’ individual success. We want you to excel and if you’re a talented person who sets your standards high and wants to contribute towards a winning team; we’ll provide you with every opportunity to help you grow into a credible recruitment expert at Hays. In fact, we’ll invest more in your professional development than any other recruitment company, supporting you with on-going learning and development throughout your career at Hays, whether you’re an Associate, Consultant, Manager or Director.

Consultant training

Consultant learning and development

Our learning and development programme is designed to develop your recruitment expertise and sales skills, and we’re proud to say that it’s widely recognised as the industry’s best. With a mix of classroom, e-learning, on-the-job and one-to-one coaching, our programme builds your recruitment best practice and is adapted to suit your individual learning needs. Whatever your background, our training will support you in becoming a recruiting expert and help you build a rewarding and successful career, as quickly as possible.

Management training

Management development

Managing and leading others is one of the most important jobs in our business. We want to develop our people into great leaders and managers of people and businesses. Our programmes are practical and interactive, developing skills such as coaching, managing performance, building cultures and leading high performing teams. These programmes are delivered at regular intervals throughout your career.

Leadership development

Leadership development

At the most senior levels of the business our internal high potential leadership programmes provide accelerated learning opportunities for talented individuals. Our external global senior leadership programme, in built and delivered by some of the world’s leading business schools.

Rewards & benefits


At Hays we will give you the opportunity to reach your full potential and be rewarded for your achievements. Our reward structures are set up to drive performance, focusing on results and behaviours that reflect our brand values.

For our to fee earners this includes competitive basic salaries and uncapped commission schemes which means unlimited earning potential based on your personal performance. Unlike most of our competitors, your earning potential is not determined by your relationship with your manager or your team’s performance; you are in full control of what you earn.

Commission payments for our high performers exceed our competitive base salary. All fee earners in Hays are eligible to partake in local and regional incentive schemes leading to five star holidays, high profile events and awards to celebrate success.


We offer a competitive suite of employer paid benefits which includes a generous holiday entitlement, private medical and dental cover, the ability to buy and sell holidays and length of service rewards.

We also offer

  • Employee recognition programmes, including individual awards and competitions for outstanding achievement.
  • Discounts at partner hotels
  • Access to discounted Hays plc shares via our Sharesave scheme
  • 24-hour Employee Assistance Helpline

Uncapped commission Uncapped commission
Generous holiday entitlement Generous holiday entitlement
Health schemes Health schemes
Buy or sell more holiday Buy or sell more holiday
Discount on shares Discount on shares
Maternity/Paternity leave Maternity/Paternity leave
Dental cover Dental cover


Hays is a high performing sales business and we’ll offer you a variety of incentives regardless of the level at which you join us. We make of point of celebrating the success of our people, because without them we wouldn’t be the business we are today.


Hays Elite

Hays Elite is the highest award offered to the business. This rewards 50 of the highest performing people in our EMEA business.


The prize for their success? A 5 star all expenses paid trip overseas with no expense spared.



Quarterly Lunch Club

The Quarterly Lunch Club recognises consultants who have achieved their quarterly target set for their level. All of our winners get to leave the office at midday and enjoy an all-expense paid dining experience at some of the best restaurants in the UAE. There are also business nominated places for non-fee earners to join in the celebration of success so everyone can truly celebrate their performance wherever they are in our business.



100k Holiday Club

This award recognises Consultants that have billed over AED 100k in a month, with a ticket for that month. Once you have received three tickets, you will be entered in to the end of year prize draw in which you can win an all-expenses paid trip for two to an exotic location such as the Maldives or Zanzibar, just to name two.



Year End Conference and Awards

Rewarding great performance and recognising success is a key driver for Hays. In addition to our monthly incentives, we hold an annual conference and awards night with prizes for our top performers and non-fee earners.

Career progression

Your career is in your hands


We want talented people to have hugely successful careers with us. We’re an award winning employer of choice with a high performance culture. Our expectations are high; after all, market leading organisations employ the best people. We believe in growing our own talent and promoting from within the business. Hays is full of people who have been able to grow really exciting careers with us in the UAE and abroad.


We provide more management opportunities than anyone else, giving you a chance to accelerate your career. We offer two distinct career paths; people or business management. This gives you two routes to the top; managing clients or managing people. We’ll help you identify and develop your strengths and preference towards either route. This allows us to deliver the best possible level of service to our customers.





  • Want a career that rewards you for the effort you put in and the results you achieve
  • Want to work with and learn from the industry’s best
  • Bring your potential, your talent, your energy, your drive, your determination and your commitment to hard work
  • Show us your exceptional communications skills, and that you are committed to delivering great results for our customers
  • Want a career that challenges and develops you



  • Want you to have and life-changing, exciting and successful career
    with us.
  • Want you to achieve your potential and flourish.
  • Care more about who you are and your potential to develop and less about your background and CV
  • Provide you with an unrivalled career opportunities both locally and abroad
  • Invest in your development with the industry’s best training. Fact.
  • Are committed to growing our own talent and promoting from within

Our culture and values

The culture at Hays is fast-paced, meritocratic and incredibly rewarding. As a business, we have four brand values that define who we are and what we do. Our expectation is that you display the Hays brand values from your initial contact with us and throughout your career at Hays.

Passionate about people

We are in business because we believe in people. We know the right person in the right role can change lives and transform organisations for the better –making that connection means everything to us. With diligence, empathy and pride, we help organisations secure the talent they need to succeed, and help individuals make the most of every stage of their career.


The best way we can demonstrate commitment to our clients and candidates is through our ambition for them. Their success is our success, so we don’t hold back. We make brave moves, aim high, and work hard every day to deliver the positive impact that achieving success brings to people’s lives.


People come to us because we’re the experts, with over 50 years of experience in recruitment and talent management. We combine this insight with deep specialist knowledge that enables us to place talent across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors all over the world. This professional know-how is indispensable –you simply cannot find, engage and place the right people in the right roles without it.


Beyond understanding people’s skills and experience, there’s a real art to matching them with the right opportunity. This involves taking an inquisitive approach to understand their aspirations and motivations, building the insight required to ensure the ideal fit for any role. And when it comes to understanding the talent needs of organisations, that also takes vision, curiosity and instinct to help our clients achieve their full potential.


We are always seeking new and better ways to make the perfect match between client and candidate. This means being bold, agile and open to ideas –whether it be embracing new technologies, developing our people, or innovating the way we work. Our goal is simple: to stay one step ahead in creating the recruiting experience of tomorrow.

Do the right thing

Underpinning everything we do is our belief that we must always do the right thing. Doing the right thing enhances and protects our reputation, building trust with all our candidates, clients and other stakeholders. This unites us and makes us stronger.
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