• Loved by big cheeses all over

Client Case Studies and Testimonials

Our combination of practical advice, innovative recruitment techniques and range of services means we absolutely lead our market in finding the right candidate for the right job.  We have developed our services through challenging recruitment practice, listening to you and recognising the key to business success is through our clients' people, and, as people are unique we recognise that our clients are too.  Here is a selection of where our innovative approach to recruitment and our ability to design something that really helps our clients with their needs has worked for them!

Homebase and ArgosI have worked with McCarthy Recruitment since they started trading and have worked with Kate for over 10 years. McCarthy is innovative, passionate and focussed on delivering the best talent for our business. They are flexible in their approach and able to adapt to changes in the business quickly and effectively and work with us to save costs and develop new processes. The results achieved demonstrate their ability to provide quality candidates even with a tough and changing brief. Their advice, support and achievements are excellent and I would recommend them as a recruiter who really does strive to exceed expectations. They are committed to developing relationships and my ability to trust them implicitly makes my job easier and ensures that together with my Resourcing department we provide the operators with an excellent service. They are different from other agencies due to their complete commitment to delivering what they say they will and their total honesty is extremely refreshing. I have been approached an awful lot this year with other agencies offering extremely cheap rates for their services, I have not been at all tempted to use any of these other businesses as I know their service will not be a patch on the delivery that McCarthy always delivers.

Rebecca Martin Cortez
Home Retail Group Resourcing Manager

Key milestones of our relationship with Rebecca & Home Retail Group

  • Worked as first tier supplier and placed 98% of external store management vacancies with Argos since 2006
  • Successfully operated a total recruitment outsource operation for 2 years managing every facet of the recruitment process from vacancy notification with the field team to sending out company headed offer letters to candidates
  • Assisted with the development of the internal to external process with the Argos team as a result of a trusted long term relationship
  • Spent time in the business to train the new internal recruitment team on recruitment process remaining as first tier supplier for all vacancies they were unable to fill themselves.  This assisted delivered a significant cost reduction to their company.
  • Over 210 placements made since we started the partnership
  • An ongoing quality ratio of 1:2
  • Achieved and maintained an average time to fill of 17 days over the last 5 years
  • Delivered a candidate job offer acceptance level of 98% over the last 4 years
  • Placed all store based and field operational roles from Customer Service Supervisors, HR Managers and Multi site Managers to Store and Stock Managers.
  • Designed and response handled a Senior Store Management advertising campaign for Central London resulting in 10 Store Manager offers, a ratio of 1:1.5 from assessment to offer all delivered in an 8 week timescale.

Custom recruitment package

BP RetailBP has worked in partnership with McCarthy for over 5 years and they have consistently remained the main supplier for our retail convenience management recruitment. We have utilised different services over this time from full outsourcing during periods of rapid expansion to a sole agency search and selection agreement on a more day to day basis.

They are a business that spends time understanding your challenges and working with you to find creative solutions to your recruitment needs, they have a refreshing approach which is based on a genuine passion for recruitment and our business. When we have had a volume need their advice has been invaluable. Their professional and dedicated approach to adding value to our relationship has been excellent; whether it has been assessment centre processes, advertising media, succession planning or retention McCarthy has been on hand to assist and add value in a really tangible way.  They go out of their way to deliver great quality candidates in an industry that is traditionally difficult to recruit for, in fact their quality ratio has remained exceptional even when recruiting high volume.

Our relationship is totally transparent and we share the vision of increasing the calibre of our management teams, the team at McCarthy are like an extension to our business, they know retail, understand it and have consistently delivered on their promises. Our field teams feel very comfortable knowing that our recruitment partner is incredibly knowledgeable about their business and it is great to know that they have gone on this journey of expansion with us. I have not worked with a recruitment company before that demonstrates such genuine passion for building a partnership and that lives its values in the way that they do, we rely on their support and industry knowledge and I know that they will always deliver for the business. I would recommend their services to anyone needing a recruitment partner, if they want a supplier which will add value to their processes and that challenges and moves the business forward, McCarthy is the ideal choice. It has been incredibly important for us to support the McCarthy business as they have us – I recognise the work they put in to our business and their continued investment and consistency in service in a very challenging market place. Partnership is two way and the McCarthy business success is integral to our business success – we need them as they are the only retail recruitment agency that has ever delivered consistently for our business.

Carolyne Daykin
People and Capability Manager - BP Retail UK

We have worked extensively with Carolyne & BP to support the business in many ways over the years, find out more about how we helped with their candidate retention strategy.

I quickly realised that McCarthy’s commitment to partnership and delivering a quality service was something that would set them apart, and they have gone on to prove this is simply the way they work all the time. They understand our business and everything we need in our people, however are also not afraid to challenge and work with us to add value to our processes which has set them apart from other recruiters we have used. They have become an extension of our brand and a team we can trust in to deliver for us every time.

Kevin Davies
Attraction & Brand Manager - Sainsbury's


We have been working with McCarthy Recruitment for around 5 years at Specsavers we have our own in-house recruitment services, but what we needed was a second tier supplier that will work with us and really match the vision and values of Specsavers and help us on those tricky roles where you just can’t find the right candidate and we knew McCarthy would do that!

Victoria Taylor
Head of Recruitment - Specsavers

We started to work with the McCarthy team 2 years ago when my area was experiencing a huge expansion and we had exhausted our pool of internal succession. We had only used agencies very infrequently so I was cautious and a little cynical about what they could offer. From the beginning of the relationship it was clear that their partnership approach was more than just words and that they had a real passion for understanding what my needs were and working within the Aldi structure and processes. They were keen to understand how we worked, where they could add value as well as find some excellent calibre candidates. I am not an easy person to please, I have exceptionally high standards and I had an urgent need. The team’s response was exceptional, from the first assessment centre which they attended they had an excellent grasp on what I wanted from my store management team. They understood the brief and they translated that into great candidates. This service has continued and unlike other suppliers the stream of candidates has continued proving that they can deliver a longer term people strategy and they don’t just run out of easy fill candidates off their database. It was obvious that they headhunted, that they were proactive in the search for candidates. I would highly recommend them, they are straight forward, understand retail and are very human to talk to.

Sam Wright
Store Operations Director - Aldi


I have worked with McCarthy Recruitment for 5 years since I joined the business and the biggest thing that McCarthy offers me is service and consistency. As a business we recruit heavily in food and in fashion which is quite difficult for our service providers but with McCarthy I feel that they really nail the service, they spend time in my business to understand my needs and they deliver consistently.

Lindsey Page
Head of Recruitment - Premium High Street Retailer

Thank you so much for fantastic service in finding us our new Area Manager.We informed you of our criteria that we needed to fill this position and you achieved this for us.The service that we received from McCarthy Retail was exemplary.

We would like to personally thank our Account Manager for her commitment to us, she worked hard and totally understood us from our very first conversation.We will definitely always use McCarthy Retail for our recruitment and highly recommend others to use you too.

Once again

Thank you so much

Saleem & Sue


I enjoy working with McCarthy as they really take time to understand the business, understand the people in it and what is really important, they also always deliver on their promises and are really committed to meeting deadlines and delivering what they say they will when they say they will.

Rebecca Martin Cortez
Recruitment Operations Manager - Travis Perkins

Hotter shoesMcCarthy provide a complete outsource support for our recruitment. They provide all levels of management and customer advisor teams for all stores and critically for our new store opening programme which will see 20 stores open this year. They provide an end to end service which is hassle free and extremely cost effective. The team at McCarthy really feel like an extension of our business, they have assisted designing assessment material, role profiles and job descriptions, processes, advertising materials and have a consultancy approach which ensures they add value throughout. Nothing is too much for them, they are available 24/7, they are responsive and work with pace, mirroring our values and culture. From the first contact I had with them it was obvious that they were different to other agencies in that they were always looking at ways that we could improve our recruitment success and essentially save costs at the same time. I think what stands out is that normally a cost effective solution effects service but McCarthy's quality ratio from CV to placement remains at 1:2 and their efficiency and understanding of their customer's needs is first class. They are dedicated, honest and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone and especially to retailers who have a significant volume requirement and need a business that they can absolutely trust and rely upon to deliver what they promise.

Amanda Ballance
Retail Support Manager - Hotter Shoes

McCarthy took the time with Hotter to understand us as individuals, the type of people that we wanted within are business but also what we are trying to achieve within the brand and on the high street. What that has meant is that we have got a lot better quality within are stores rather than the numbers that we were sent by other recruitment companies. As with many retailers we are contacted by other recruitment companies to see if their services will better or enhance what we have got already but I have to say with McCarthy they are nowhere near, and that is the reason why moving forward we will continue to use them as our preferred partner.

We have been working with McCarthy Recruitment for a number of years now since we started our retail expansion back in 2011 where we had a hand full of stores and now coming into 2015 we have over 75. Throughout our expansion it is key for us that McCarthy Recruitment gets us the people we need with the personalities that can be on the shop floor that can serve different types of customers as well as live and breathe the brand that we are trying to get out onto the high street. Due to the quality of the candidates that McCarthy send us through we are now in a position in Hotter that our Assistant Managers have come up from Customer Advisors, many Managers used to be Assistant Managers and we have a select few people that we are training up to be Area Managers of the future thanks to McCarthy.

Jon Read
Head of Retail - Hotter Comfort Concept


Outsourcing recruitment package

I am responsible for store across the UK, the retail functions and the teams that work within the stores. When we open a new store in a new town because we are doing recruitment in large numbers in a short period of time the biggest challenge for us is retaining the quality. Since working with McCarthy the quality of staff we now get coming through our doors are all people that are passionate about customer service but without question passionate about the outdoors witch is key to our business. The quality of teams that we have been able to recruit has been a real contributory factor to our new stores hitting the ground really quickly and exceeding our targets particulary within those early weeks.

John Hinde
Retail Director- Go Outdoors



We have an on-going relationship with McCarthy Retail for our Store Management roles which they deliver on time every time for us however this year we have had a need for some more senior appointments in the business which has involved an extensive search and selection campaign to ensure we found top class talent to join the business.  We have worked on a retained basis with Kate to allow her to give us total focus on this project and enable her team to leave no stone unturned in the search for the right people.  From the outset I had confidence that whilst it may take a little time to find what we were looking for that a thoroughly professional and detailed search and selection process was under way and that if a candidate was shortlisted for me to see that they would be ticking all the boxes.  I was not disappointed, the candidates presented were genuinely at the top of the tree, the decision on who to take forward and eventually appoint was a challenging one however a reflection of the work put in to find some great calibre people.  We have embarked on a subsequent retained assignment for another region and I have every confidence in Kate and her team that she will deliver the quality again.

Divisional HR Manager
National DIY business

Superhero: Retained executive search package

We were struggling to attract the right talent in the right volume to our business and had vacancies across a number of departments and roles but unfortunately didn’t have a huge budget to spend on recruitment.  We were recommended to speak to McCarthy Retail by another retail business who had been using their advertising services and had some great results from the candidates generated.  The service they offered was simplicity in itself, they took a detailed job brief, understood exactly what we were looking for, and produced some great adverts that truly reflected our business culture.  The volume of responses was high, far more than we ever received ourselves when we advertised and the additional sifting service we chose was really useful as we just logged in to our advert and all the candidates had been shortlisted for us against the job role and candidates that didn’t fit the bill had automatically been informed……….saved me hours of legwork!  The overall success rate was amazing, we owned the candidates from the response and made further hires from this pool of talent a month later following further expansion within the business.  The service from McCarthy was fantastic, the system itself was simple and easy to operate and I felt that I was still able to tap in to the retail expertise that McCarthy pride themselves on however at a % rate that we could afford for our business.

Head of HR
Expanding DIY business


As an established UK retailer we have a very successful internal recruitment team in place however there are always vacancies that require extensive headhunting that we just don’t have the time or resource to focus on.  We also have some areas of the UK where we have a consistent need for talent however the volume of good applications doesn’t match to the volume of people we need so again a pro-active headhunt approach is required to talent bank in these areas.  We have used McCarthy for exactly this, we brief them on specific projects either in specific areas or across whole regions and they deliver the headhunt approach on our behalf, effectively as an extension of our business.  From the work they do on a daily rate they produce a list of ‘warm’ contacts with all of their contact details so we can spend our valuable time with a selected list of interested candidates.  The results from this have been very positive, in some areas the contacts have led to multiple hires and allowed us to generate strength on the bench within key regions which will serve us well in to future months and trading periods.  The service McCarthy provide and their professionalism whilst dealing with candidates on our behalf has been second to none and I will not hesitate to continue working with them for our headhunting requirements.

Recruitment Manager
National multi product retailer