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About Oakleaf Partnership

Oakleaf Partnership is a privately-owned HR and associated people services recruitment business.

Oakleaf was set up in the mid 2000's by Richard Colgan. Richard wanted to create a different type of recruitment firm, one based on his own values. As an ex-Army officer, he named the firm Oakleaf, a symbol of courage. He wanted a business where people were both encouraged to express themselves and have fun.

Colleagues live and breathe Oakleaf's values in everything that they do. Values are sought-after from the interview stage when recruiting colleagues, to when they start at the organisation, through to monthly one to ones with management and at the end of the quarter presentations.

To promote their values of Courage, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, and Diversity, Oakleaf have an 'Employee of the Quarter' where all employees vote for the colleague they believe has best lived and demonstrated their values. This not focused on revenue generation but is all about behaviours. They strive to succeed in their value driven goals, on an individual level, team level and as an organisation. They believe everyone is responsible for upholding their values.

What is it like to work for Oakleaf Partnership

My Manager
My Manager
Every Monday the management team meet to review team performance and company-wide performance. In these meetings, they ensure that clear objectives are set and metrics are established for the week ahead. 
My Team
My Team
The CEO and COO continue to take an active role in the interview process and induction of all new staff and sit within the broader teams on the sales floor. 
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The organisation has developed a flexible approach to how they reward individuals across Oakleaf. Each fee earner in the business has a tailored made bonus and commission scheme which is built around the individual's desk and the market they recruit in.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 40% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    27% / 73%

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  • Earning £35,000+:


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