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About Us

Gravitas Recruitment Group is an international, rapidly growing recruitment specialist working in the niche areas of technology, insurance, and banking.

We provide bespoke recruitment solutions to a wide range of businesses and professionals from our 9 offices, including Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

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Why businesses and candidates love working with Gravitas

Everything starts with the purpose of why your company exists, and at Gravitas we are clear; our purpose is to create solutions that empower your ambitions. 

We are committed to establishing deep-seated partnerships and gaining a unique understanding of our clients' niches and the recruitment landscape. Our values of respect, integrity, passion, and excellence guide every interaction.

Through this collaborative approach, we empower our clients, candidates, and our own staff to soar to new heights, a mission we wholeheartedly embrace.

Our dedication to delivering exceptional specialised services has catapulted us to the forefront of the recruitment industry. Our long list of accolades and awards are testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence, recognised by industry peers and experts.

Our reputation is underpinned by our adherence to legal, regulatory, and ethical standards, providing you with peace of mind and confidence in our fully compliant services.

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Meet our founders

Our origin story

Gravitas was founded in 2010 by friends, Jonathan Ellerbeck, Daniel Wallis, and Alex Naylor. Each of them had years of recruitment and leadership experience but saw a gap in the market to do something different. They wanted to create a business that focused on uncompromising quality of service while facilitating niche areas in Technology and Insurance. Seeing quality was sometimes lacking in other recruitment agencies, they pledged to build a business that took recruitment seriously, while building a fun and rewarding internal culture. Recruitment is a profession that can change people's lives and businesses, and they believed that should be taken seriously. Simultaneously, Jonathan opened our first office in London, Alex opened an office in Leeds, and Daniel moved from the UK to set up our Hong Kong office. These 3 offices have now grown to 9 offices across the EU and Asia, winning almost 50 awards for our service and culture along the way.

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Our history

Gravitas was Founded

Gravitas Recruitment was founded by Jonathan Ellerbeck, Alexander Naylor and Daniel Wallis, opening offices in Hong Kong, Leeds and London. Building on over a decade of working together they sought to establish a specialist recruitment firm that could offer an unrivalled services to clients and candidates, within Technology and Insurance.

More UK & Asia Expansion

After being recognised in the Recruiter Hot 100 in 2013, the next year saw an expansion of our Insurance offering in Asia when we opened a new office in Singapore and extended across the Penines from Leeds to establish our Public Sector division in Manchester.

Strategic Acquisition

In 2017 we made our first strategic acquisition, bringing boutique specialist consultancy Atlas Global Search to extend our Financial Services specialism and service offering to include contract in Asia. This year also saw us gain a Royal Seal of Approval by being awarded a Princess Royal Training Award.

Record Breaking Year

By 2019 we had grown in all areas of our business, won numerous awards and accolades, gone from strength to strength and broken a number of our own records. Our strategic focus, operational framework, impressive NPS customer satisfaction scores, commitment to staff learning and development and financial success enabled us to secure outside investment for the first time. When Alcuin Capital partners took a minority shareholding in the business which would contribute to the realisation of our ambitious 5 year growth plans.

Navigating a Global Pandemic

In 2020/21 we managed to overcome the considerable challenges of a global pandemic. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on many in the recruitment industry we continued to grow, moving into new bigger offices in Singapore and extending our Asia offering, opening our first office in mainland China in Shenzhen. We were awarded our second Princess Royal Training award in the midst of a pandemic and, in 2021, we once again made the Recruiter Fast 50 list and won Global Recruiters Best Medium Recruitment Company, the judges praising our resilience during COVID-19.

New CRO Appointed

In 2022 we announced four major milestones in our growth strategy with the appointment of Kurt Schreurs, Global Chief Revenue Officer; the opening of our first German office, and the acquisition of the R2 Group in The Netherlands, further expanding our European presence.

New CEO and Strategic Acqusition

Our CRO, Kurt Schreurs, was promoted to Group CEO in 2023, with the existing CEO, Jonathan Ellerbeck, stepping into a Chairman role. We also acquired Hamlyn Williams, in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, expanding our capability in China. 

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Recruitment solutions

Contract recruitment solutions

We recognise that businesses often require flexible hiring solutions. That's why we offer customised contract recruitment services in technology, insurance, and banking. Whether you require a single specialist contractor, freelancer, interim hire, or an entire project team of contractors, we can assist. Learn more.

Permanent recruitment solutions

We specialise in delivering the highest quality technology, insurance, and banking permanent recruitment solutions, tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of businesses from start to finish. Find out more.

Retained search

Discreet and tailored solutions focusing on C-suite and Executive roles. Utilising market mapping, market intelligence, networks and headhunting methods to deliver premium, end-to-end recruitment. Discover more. 

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Diversity & inclusion

At Gravitas, we are deeply committed to fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our work. Our dedication to DEI is evident through our collaborations with businesses to enhance their diversity initiatives as well as our engagement with established networking groups, which serves as a platform for meaningful discussions about the DEI agenda. We firmly believe that embracing diversity leads to greater innovation, creativity, and success in all areas of our work. DEI isn't just a buzzword at Gravitas; it's a guiding principle that shapes everything we do. We invite you to join us on this journey toward a more inclusive and equitable future.

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Our numbers

Global offices
Turnover 2022
NFI 2022
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Awards & accolades

We’ve won numerous awards for every aspect of our business. Visit our awards page.

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