Services for Employers

Include us in your supply chain for recruitment, to add value to your preferred supplier as a second tier provider or to provide direct services.

Enhancing corporate capabilities to manage and widen diversity in the pool of experienced hire and intern candidates and deliver measurable Corporate Responsibility outcomes.

The business case

There is a shortage of key skills in the UK economy and in areas like engineering the problem is reaching a critical point. But there are refugees in the UK with these skills who are working in jobs that do not make the most of their skills, or not working at all. Hiring a refugee with the skills you need also helps you to realise the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Return on Investment

Every hire is an investment. You have to invest some time and effort to ensure refugee professionals make it into your talent pipeline and we help you overcome potential barriers, such as unconscious bias and effective skills assessment. Our retention rates are outstanding. The return on your investment in a refugee professional is potentially greater and the risk lower.

Why? Firstly, because during the Positive Action Placement (PAP) you pay the candidate the London Living Wage and a £600 placement management fee to us, while you get to see how well suited the candidate is to the role and your organisation. Secondly, if you go on to hire the candidate they will be hugely motivated and more likely to stay with you for longer, which is a cost saving. The Transitions London 15% fees (of gross salary) are the same as most agencies, with far higher social value. You can reduce staff turnover and performance by mixing things up a little.

The Transitions London


fees (of gross salary)

are the same as most agencies, with far higher social value.

If your staff see teams made up of different kinds of people it breaks down the ‘them and us’ attitudes in an organisation and that leads to people contributing more and wanting to stay with your organisation.

But it’s not just about the way the team looks – if it’s diverse it will perform better. A diverse team that doesn’t share the same assumptions will look much harder at the facts and make more effort to verify those facts.

And when you bring people with different backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints together in one team, they are more likely to come up with innovative solutions.

Diversity as a business advantage

The evidence is clear; diversity gives a business a competitive edge. And when a candidate has experience in a region you are targeting the competitive benefits of hiring a refugee can also be very significant. But you can’t reap the benefits if you don’t have refugees in your talent pipeline.

The positive action pilot program (Engineers and Business Services professionals) we regard as very successful with a good permanent hire percentage. We plan to invest further this year and develop further the learning program content and framework.

Helen McCarthy, People Director, Arcadis

We have had really good feedback about him starting his permanent job. He was interviewed for both roles through a fair and objective process and hiring him was a no brainer. It was never seen as a compromise, or token nice gesture.

Tricia Driver, Strategic Learning & Development Business Partner, Capgemini

International Skills

Engineers & other Professionals around the world use International, British and American Standards. That includes our candidates, 40% of whom have also requalified with UK Degrees or Masters qualifications (Spring 2018).



Featured Articles
Joe Shahmoradian, Head of Recruitment (Apps UK), Capgemini
"At Capgemini we want to build a workplace that reflects the diversity of our clients and sound data shows that diversity of thought is what drives companies forward. Ultimately weknow diverse teams have a positive impact on company performance." Joe Shahmoradian, Head of Recruitment (Apps UK), CapgeminiCapgemini
Sharon Goymer, Resourcing Manager - Development Programmes
"Transitions opens up an avenue for us to recruit a diverse graduate workforce. There's an option for recruiting to more experienced roles too. There's a real demand in the UK for highly skilled candidates in cables and tunnels and this presents a real alternative to find international people without the complexities around international recruitment." Sharon Goymer, Resourcing Manager - Development ProgrammesNational Grid
Dawn Barker, Head of HR
“We gained a first-class civil engineer employee as a result of Transitions. The internship and intern was above our expectations.. The refugee community offers a good untapped market.“ Dawn Barker, Head of HRCrossrail
Barbra Carlisle, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Arcadis
“I am always interested to see what Transitions are up to – you play such an important role in enabling people to get back into (professional) work.” Barbra Carlisle, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, ArcadisArcadis
Bola Fatimilehin, Head of Diversity
“It is widely predicted that the UK will need more skilled engineers at both technician and graduate level. Transitions provides a credible source of engineers with the skills and experience to contribute to meeting this need. We encourage engineering companies to engage with Transitions to identify potential opportunities to meet their specific needs.“ Bola Fatimilehin, Head of DiversityRoyal Academy of Engineering
Corporate Responsibility Team
Transitions provides an invaluable service for its highly-skilled refugee clients and KPMG has been delighted to run a series of employability skills workshops with them for teams of our volunteers. These have been insightful, impactful, rewarding and beneficial for all involved. A great way to put your skills to good use!“ Corporate Responsibility TeamKPMG
Andrew Midgley, Managing Director
Transitions is a highly commendable service; its commitment to helping skilled refugee professionals into employment is admirable and invaluable. Going forward, we are excited to work with the service and do our part to help.   TXM Recruitment Ltd is a £60m turnover Group of Companies headquartered in Milton Keynes.“ Andrew Midgley, Managing DirectorTXM Recruit Ltd
Jen Smith, Group Head of Diversity
“Demonstrating a clear commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility is an important component of being a modern, inclusive employer of choice. Working with Transitions really is a win win. Skill and talent are brought into your business that meet your business requirements. The team at Transitions have a rigorous matching service that makes it easy to support ready to work refugee professionals” Jen Smith, Group Head of DiversityCircle Housing Group
Karen Elgy, Sustainability Performance Manager
" I realised from our very first meeting the passion, expertise and proactive outlook .. takes to helping qualified refugees into full time employment. It is also clear that Transitions... is into the next stage of stakeholder engagement and that Transitions is making quite a remarkable impression on a range of stakeholders" Karen Elgy, Sustainability Performance ManagerEDF Energy
Kevin Bowsher, Diversity & Inclusion Manager
"Someone recommended Transitions as a great organisation. Everything positive that I'd heard, turned out to be true." Kevin Bowsher, Diversity & Inclusion ManagerNetwork Rail
Tarik Begic, International HR Adviser
"Transitions provide extremely valuable and commendable service. The help they provide to highly skilled professionals with a refugee status in the UK is invaluable and unique. In addition, Transitions offer an excellent resource for the employers who are looking for highly qualified, multilingual, skilled and experienced professionals." Tarik Begic, International HR AdviserBritish Red Cross
Toby Gould, Membership Manager
"Committed to getting refugee professionals into employment. ...skills at both finding the right person for the volunteer positions we have and in supporting the candidates to make sure they have the confidence for the role are clear. We have had open applications for 2 positions and hired Transitions' candidates as they had both experience of working in humanitarian environments and enthusiasm to take on the roles we were offering. We will continue using services at Transitions." Toby Gould, Membership ManagerRedR UK
Andy Gregg, Chief Executive
"Transitions run a very helpful service that our organisation was very glad to be able to benefit from." Andy Gregg, Chief ExecutiveCharities Evaluation Services (CES)
Richard Nimmo, Managing Director
"The work that Transitions are doing is something that we wanted to support as soon as we understood the work situation for refugees. The work status of refugees is not something I'd been particularly aware of and the average employer is not going to look specifically for refugees. Transitions provides a much needed role in promoting a group of highly skilled potential employees and in educating business people." Richard Nimmo, Managing DirectorBlue Ventures Marine Biology Research