We offer unparalleled sector knowledge and candidate commitment

Our aim in 2004 was to become the UK’s number 1 recruitment specialist to the public and not for profit sectors. Not the biggest – the best.

We offer unparalleled sector knowledge and candidate commitment

Our aim in 2004 was to become the UK’s number 1 recruitment specialist to the public and not for profit sectors. Not the biggest – the best.
Why Allen Lane works.
Thinking long term has always been important to us. We wanted the company to stand out by cultivating honest relationships, using sound judgement and displaying exceptional customer service at all times and we think we’ve succeeded.

As the company has evolved, we’ve continued to improve by listening, learning and hiring some of the most established recruitment consultants in the UK market.

Our passion is undiminished fifteen years later, and we hope that our “start-up”, underdog feel still resonates. As soon as that goes, we’re packing up!


  • Founded in a bedroom by James Allen and Ben Lane
  • 1st placement (Overseas Development Institute)
  • Moved into our 1st office – Oxford Circus


  • 1st hire (Lester Fernando)


  • Allen Lane’s 100th placement!


  • Moved to 50 Pall Mall


placements so far in 2022


current temporary assignments across 185 clients

A dedicated team of consultants work on site in St James.

Meeting candidates in-house or arranging external meetings.


total placements in 2021


of retained campaigns filled


  • Sunday Times Fast-track 100 (#12)


  • HR recruitment team established
  • Turnover hits £20,000,000


  • London to Paris bike-ride
“We established Allen Lane in 2004, wanting to provide a more personal service than those possible in large corporates, and to offer a fresh and down to earth approach to recruitment, founded on transparency, flexibility and long-term objectives.

Every member of the Allen Lane team still shares this approach today.

Our success is largely down to the recruitment and retention of some of the most established consultants in the recruitment market.

The team here work incredibly hard, remain grounded and committed, and we are really proud of everyone’s efforts in getting us to where we are today.

We hope that our clients and candidates continue to benefit from our approach and that everyone we bring in has a fantastic, fulfilling experience with us.”


  • Recruiter Fast50 Award
  • The Allen Lane Trust set up
  • London to Amsterdam bike-ride
  • Allen Lane’s 1000th placement!


  • Sierra Nevada mountain range trek completed
  • Turnover hits £30,000,000


  • Allen Lane #1 for the 1st time – iON Search annual results (Most profitable recruitment businesses per head – All UK recruitment businesses)
  • Allen Lane is #1 – iON Search annual results (Top Gross Margin / Employee for companies with over 20 employees)
  • Procurement recruitment team formed
  • 10 years of Allen Lane in Monaco
  • Kilimanjaro Trek
  • Dublin to Doolan Bike Ride
  • Moved to 33 King Street office


  • IT recruitment team established
  • Won a place on the Local Government Recruitment Partnership framework
  • Recruitment International award: Growth Company of the Year”
  • Allen Lane’s 2000th placement
  • Great Wall of China Trek


  • Allen Lane hits 500 interims!
  • Recruitment International Award: ‘Campaign of the Year’ (Recruitment of multiple permanent senior civil servants across government)
  • “Allen Lane Up North” is born


  • Managing Directors appointed
  • Cross Channel Sail


  • Won a place on the ESPO framework
  • Won a place on the CCS permanent framework (lots 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
  • Transylvania Trek – fundraising for Terrence Higgins Trust


  • New website launch
  • CCS launched RM6160 for non-medical / non-clinical staff (enabling us to recruit interim DDAT and Corporate Services professionals (eg, Finance, PMO, Procurement) for all public sector organisations)


  • Allen Lane Healthcare launched
  • Permanent IT recruitment business
  • Executive search practice refined
  • Norwegian Fjord trek on behalf of 4 charities close to 4 Allen Laners’ hearts… postponed 🙁
“I want our candidates to say that Allen Lane consultants are true professionals; dedicated, knowledgeable and trusted partners; who genuinely care for our candidates.”
Max Plaice
Business Manager, Local Government

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33 King Street, St. James’s,
London, SW1Y 6RJ