Our journey was started in a small office above a dress shop in Birmingham, by founder Constance Watts.
From humble beginnings, our expertise and performance grew and so did our branch network, enabling us to diversify and adapt, providing recruitment services across a variety of sectors.
To this day, the strong family values of the Watts family live on, as we continue to recruit and promote a socially responsible culture while supporting our local communities.
Steve West, CEO
Founder Constance Watts opens a small office above a dress-shop in Temple Street, Birmingham.
She specialises, at first, in secretarial recruitment and takes on a single employee to assist her, concentrating on managing the work lives of a mere 15 (female) candidates.
Constance’s son, Tim Watts, joins the business opening a second office in Wolverhampton.
Technical Network, the first network group company opens its doors, specialising in manufacturing and engineering .
Won by Carmen Watson, Chair of Pertemps Network Group, Pertemps receives their first fully outsourced contract with Mercury Communications, which requires the filling of no fewer than 360 vacancies – a very tall order considering the corporate team have no office, no phone-lines, no staff and no resources – with only four days until the project begins. (by the way, we nailed it!)
Pertemps advertises all their jobs in the Daily News every month.
We won our first blue collar onsite at Woolworths.
Our onsite manager was a young man named Steve West who is today our CEO.
Tim Watts creates the Employee Benefit Trust
By offering our employees a genuine stake in the business, Tim Watts strongly believes that our people will be more motivated and dedicated to their roles. Especially if, as a shareholder, the value of those shares increase as a direct result of your own hard work.
Tim Watts launches a Pertemps Lottery for its temporary workers, the same year The National Lottery begins.
We won Investors in People accreditation for the first time.
We signed our first two managed service contracts with GIST and National Grid.
This was the first year we entered and won a place on the Sunday Times list, officially ranking Pertemps as a 'Top 100 Employer' in the UK
It has featured in the list every year since, the only recruitment firm to do so and one of only four companies in total ever to achieve this tenth year running!
We became the largest supplier of temporary drivers in the UK (we were already raising concerns about the future skills shortages, even then).
Pertemps Scotland received the best service awards at the Go Awards.
Pertemps merge with Network Group to form the UK’s largest privately owned recruitment agency
Always striving to be part of the solution we launched the Pertemps Driving Academy to help address the national shortage of drivers.
The Armed Forces Liaison team received the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award for employee engagement, validating our programme aimed at helping ex-service leavers to find new career paths.
Pertemps Managed Solutions won the Recruiter Awards for 'Outstanding Outsourced Recruitment Organisation'. In the same year we also won the 'most effective team motivation event' award.
Carmen Watson was named Director of the year in the West Midlands by the Institute of Directors
Pertemps Driver Training named as Driver training provider of the year at the Talent and Logistics awards.
Our Greenford office was named the best temporary recruitment agency at the Recruiter Awards.
We won the Most Effective Business Continuity & Resilience Programme Award at the Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards.
Pertemps celebrates 60 years in business.
We placed 32nd in the list of Best Large Companies to work for in the UK, the highest placed recruitment firm. We also ranked 4th in Scotland and 9th in the West Midlands in the regional lists.