Winner: Morgan McKinley

The Morgan McKinley Group is a global recruitment consultancy, established in 1988, which is synonymous with the banking and financial services sector. Having initially built its reputation in the Square Mile, the recruiter has since been able to recruit into international banking locations including Dublin, Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney.

  • Over the course of 2017/18, Morgan McKinley achieved high levels of engagement in the City and beyond through its consistent monthly presence in the financial press, principally driven by the firm’s monthly London Employment Monitor (LEM), one of the key recognised barometers of the health of the sector.
  • In 2018, Morgan McKinley showed excellent client service when working with Barclays to build out a risk function in Dublin as a result of Brexit. Also the judges were impressed with diligence of the team building out the risk function in Dublin overall and Nicola McGuane in particular. The result was high-quality candidates, a 93% CV-to-interview rate and placements made, with the client still hiring for open positions.
  • A particularly challenging situation with a candidate at interview was extremely well handled, resulting in not only preventing possible negative comeback from the candidate but also an appointment made, and an even better relationship and continuing positive future with the client.
  • The judges were impressed with the company’s Live Chat offering, which gave candidates and clients anonymity but with human interaction rather than an automated chatbot-type service. Customers get a much faster response than any other channel.
  • This was a broad market, which has firms who have had a position within it for many years. The judges recognised that new technology is becoming the differentiator in a competitive market, so those shortlisted are the best of the best in what they do and how they do it.

Judges’ comments: “Delivered excellent results in tough and challenging market conditions with the finance industry and Brexit. Morgan McKinley provides a high quality of service at all levels of the business, driven by great leaders who demonstrate and drive great values and culture.”


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