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INTERVIEW

ON THE RIGHT PAGE FOR RECRUITMENT Steve Howes and Matt Jones

With its headquarters in Weybridge and offices across the globe, the FTSE 250-listed recruitment company Michael Page, part of PageGroup, is one of the region’s big success stories. It hasn’t forgotten its local market, as Ian Trevett discovered when he visited the regional Head Office in Guildford to meet Steve Howes, Operating Director for Michael Page Finance in the South East of England and Matt Jones, Associate Director for Guildford and Brighton.

O

ne of the perks of working for an established recruitment company is that you get to see the best vacancies before

anyone else. Recruitment has a reputation for

they aren’t the only ones; the company is listed

people are managed by leaders who have done

in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to

the job successfully themselves and secondly,

Work For. So what is the secret?

we have created a clear career path spanning

Steve Howes (SH): Our model is one of

10, 15, 20 years, not two years. It’s a real

being a tough sales environment, attracting

organic growth - 87% of our management and

testament to the company and our culture that

ambitious professionals hungry for success,

directorate team joined as consultants, as

the majority of our management team have

so when those plum job prospects appear in

Matt and I did, and have worked up through

worked for the company for over six years.

the inbox, who could blame them for taking

the ranks. I started in the Southampton office,

advantage?

where I built a practice business, and then I

meritocratic business where you can carve out

became a manager, associate director and am

your own career.

So it is quite an achievement for Michael

Matt Jones (MJ): Michael Page represents a

Page Finance to boast, quite rightly, about their

now an operating director, with a regional remit

proud record of staff retention. Matt Jones has

covering four offices in Guildford, Brighton,

of the Southern Regional offices (Guildford,

just celebrated his tenth year at the company

Southampton and Maidstone. There are two

Southampton, Brighton and Maidstone) with at

and Steve Howes is only months behind. And

main benefits of organic growth. Firstly, our

least ten years’ experience.

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I am proud that we have managers in all

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