Our promise to you

RCQ was founded by Edward James – an experienced headhunter with over 17 years experience in the Financial Markets industry. Seeing a gap in the market, Ed really wanted to address this and establish a business which would deliver outstanding talent to clients but also an exceptional experience for every customer (learn more from Ed or read about our expertise here).

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What sets us apart?

Sponsoring industry conferences, speaking at leading trade body events (including on behalf of Linkedin) and being part of a Goldman Sachs growth accelerator programme, are just three of the more obvious factors that set us apart from other firms.

Being founded on the principles of honesty and integrity, we are wholly committed to delivering honest, impartial and valued advice to everyone who works with us. We aim to keep you regularly updated so that you always know what to expect and when.

RCQ understands how important talent is to the core of any successful business – we know there are so many headhunting firms to choose from – so here’s just a little more information about what makes us unique.

98% of our hires have been through repeat business

Access to a more diverse talent pool

We specialise in actively headhunting individuals from both domestic and international markets, so search beyond the usual boundaries. We are unique in our ability to identify financial markets specialists on a global scale, who have the desire and ability to relocate.

This means you have access to a more diverse talent pool and receive better shortlists.

We have successfully supported organisations with hiring in 21 countries, across four continents and have a particularly strong track record within Europe, the US, and Canada. Due to our extensive international reach we consistently receive referrals from our global network.

Clear and concise candidate summaries

We focus on headhunting, data and information analysis, utilising Linkedin recruiter and in-depth searching and pride ourselves on our technical expertise. This ensures we can filter and “vet” the profiles we are providing, so we only present relevant individuals.

We ensure we provide clear and concise candidate summaries upfront, including any likely challenges that may arise – so you can make well-informed decisions upstream.

We thoroughly brief and well-prepare candidates for any interviews. All of the above ensures a significant time saving for anyone involved in the hiring process- both HR professionals and managers alike.

We guarantee a shortlist within a week
89% of firms we work with have us as their number 1 talent specialist

True partners

We are a truly valued partner to the organisations that we work with and can really represent your brand in the best possible way; to prospective candidates.

When competition for talent is so fierce, it is vital to be confident that your headhunting/recruitment partner is really representing your business and opportunity in the best possible light.

Our customers have worked with us for years, recommend us and seek to continually expand the services that we are able to support them with. We are true partners to them. This is a testament to the quality of service that we provide.

Our international offering truly stands us out from the crowd

We are exceptionally sector specific in our focus, which enables us to benefit from technical understanding when finding the right candidates, while benefitting from a global reach. The vast majority of clients we work with use us for hiring in many countries across multiple continents, enabling us to become a valued international partner. As we understand our customers on a global level, this leads to significant time savings, allowing us to deliver better candidates.

We are able to work at speed and aim to deliver our candidate shortlists within a week. We are experienced in providing creative solutions to help you achieve your objectives and can provide tangible examples of strategies that have been particularly successful previously.

Excellent brand reputation

Sponsoring and attending industry leading conferences gives us an excellent brand reputation; as well as ensuring we have access to relevant conference delegates. We have an ever-increasing and expansive network of people that we remain in contact with, even if they are not currently looking for an imminent career move.

When working with anyone at RCQ you can be assured that they will support you with every step of the talent acquisition process and will be on hand to offer advice on talent management or market insights whenever you need it.

A successful track record

This is what our global clients have to say about us:


Greg from RCQ is a very professional consultant, highly committed to his job. He is open and transparent, and can provide a continuous effort along the process to ensure everything goes as good as possible. He brings a good perspective on company culture for the role which is highly appreciable!

Head of Business Development – DCM


Amelia found my profile on Linkedin for a job opportunity in a credit analyst role. She showed great enthusiasm with supporting me throughout the whole application process by providing career and industry insights in high specificity. Now, I have been offered an opportunity in a new country and in a new workplace. I will start my new journey in both my career and my life, and it is only made possible with Amelia's prompt and professional help.

Corporate Credit Analyst


RCQ seem to understand exactly the type of candidate profile that will be successful for us, and have an excellent network… we have a relationship where we know we can trust RCQ to deliver on just about any role thrown at them, and they will represent us in a manner that supports the company brand that we strives to maintain… the team at RCQ are easy to work with; they possess a level of maturity, which is not always evident at other firms. This makes partnering with them easy & painless… I feel it’s fair to say they are a leader in the credit field.

Head of Talent Acquisition

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