If you’re looking to hire temps in London there are an overwhelming number of options. You’ll recognise some household names. However, there are also younger, fresher companies disrupting the industry. Here are some of the hottest startup temp agencies in London.

We wrote earlier about comparing temp agencies and how to hire temp staff, and now here are the latest new agencies to check out:


Our top temp agency startups

Grafter Temp Agency

1 – Grafter

Grafter launched in 2017 as a self-service platform for individual projects, seasonal and other short-term workers. It’s Founder, Tom Cape, calls it ‘A very easy, valuable, low-cost service at the bottom end of the market.’

Grafter specialises in finding workers across a variety of sectors. These include construction, farming, warehousing and events.

Workers, or Grafters, upload profiles detailing their skills, location and availability to their site for companies to search. There’s a standard working agreement when you hire.

Unlike expensive agencies charging large percentage commissions, Grafter only charges a small transaction fee when you pay your Grafter.


Talentful Temp Agency

2 – Talentful

Talentful started in 2018 to change the way recruitment is done in the tech sector.

Tech startups expand quickly by their very nature, which makes hiring hard. Many find they can’t hire quality talent quickly enough.

What Talentful do is give their clients their own Talentful Consultant, working on their site. The consultant gets a better understanding of the company’s business, culture and hiring needs. They then go out and find the right people. Efficiently and quickly. This is Talentful’s USP.

If you’re after people with tech skills, permanently or for a specific project, Talentful is worth looking at. They also charge a monthly retainer rather than a commission on every hire.


Source Technology Temp Agency

3 – Source Technology

Source Technology was launched in 2015 by Lawrence Hargreaves and Gavin Tew, two experienced recruitment leaders in the technology sector. They work on fixed-term contract roles, as well as more conventional permanent hires.

Source Technology recruit people who have the skills to work at the cutting edge of London tech. From Fintech to digital transformation to Internet of Things, Source Technology have the candidates that can help you progress.

Businesses they have worked with so far include Sapient, Zopa and HSBC.

Source Technology was shortlisted for the Best New Agency award in the Recruiter Awards 2018.


BrighterBox Temp Agency

4 – BrighterBox

BrighterBox is a startup agency that specialises in placing graduates with London’s fast-emerging startups. They specialise in first jobs, as well as temporary internships.

If you’re looking to hire recent graduates in any industry, but especially social media and digital marketing, BrighterBox is one to consider.

BrighterBox’s USP is that they go the extra mile to help graduates confidently enter the world of work. After all, it’s a big jump from university life to actually going to work! Coaching and CV help come as standard. They are also great at finding the right people, fast.


Merje Temp Agency


MERJE have been around a few years in Manchester but have just opened an office in Fleet Street, London. That counts as a London startup in my book! They work on short-term contract positions, as well as permanent roles.

MERJE’s area of expertise is in the financial sector. Accounting, Audit, Risk Management, Compliance, Financial Crime and Analytics are some of the areas they cover. They’ve worked with blue-chip firms including KPMG, AXA and Deloitte.

If you’re in the finance industry and looking to hire, MERJE has the experience to find the right people for you.


What about Crowdskills?

You may be wondering why we haven’t mentioned ourselves.  We’re actually not a temp agency!

But we do help companies to hire talented people on a short-term basis. Many companies need help with specific digital projects, but don’t have the expertise on their team. We’re here to help fill that gap.

  • We specialise in placing temporary staff with highly-sought after digital skills (web development, graphic design, social media and much more)
  • We vet all our candidates properly
  • You can hire candidates for one-off projects or for regular support – it’s up to you
  • Our freelancers are London locals, so you can easily meet them face-to-face and find out if they’ll fit with your business

You can read more about our temps or call us on 0203 504 6465 for a proper conversation!

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