Our Story

Originally playing in the same football team, Greg Holden and Leigh Jones became friends. An opportunity arose for them to work together in recruitment and soon they realised that they shared a common belief that

“candidates today become your clients of the future and likewise clients become your candidates.”

This simple philosophy was the foundation upon which Holden Jones was formed at our Windsor office in 1995. Situated in Park Street, overlooking Windsor Castle proved to be an ideal setting to benefit from the expanding technology and dot com businesses in the UKs Silicon Valley. In 2000 we opened our Basingstoke location expanding our reach along the M4 and Hampshire. We withstood the downturn of 2002, by opening our third office in London, SW19 to also cover the Surrey area.

Our clientele by now included a number of household organisations and Holden Jones entered a new phase of larger recruitment campaigns, managing several in house assignments including Shared Service Centre set–ups and entire department relocations.

Having managed the London office since its inception, Richard Perrott moved to heading up the already established Public Practice Specialist division in 2009, with representation across each office.

The London office then migrated from its Wimbledon base into Waterloo for increased accessibility and focus on the Central London market.


Why HJ?

Are we different?

We think we are…

We could tell you about how we interview every candidates thoroughly to represent them accurately; or how we consistently strive towards lasting client partnerships that enable us to become your ambassadors in the recruitment marketplace; or that we advise clients and candidates with absolute honesty and impartiality; or that we feel that candidates become clients and vice versa, so the customer service to both needs to be first class. Instead, we can provide cast iron, tangible assurances of our determination to ‘share the risk’ of recruitment with you and ensure we are on the same team.

We offer:

  • Permanent Recruitment
  • Temporary Recruitment
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • 2 day Risk Free ‘working interview’
  • Half Fee Replacements in months 4-6
  • Refill Reductions on incomplete assignments
  • Background Checks – to ensure the integrity of successfully placed candidates

Also, why not ask about our innovative "SME Flexifee" for a fee structure designed by you.


The HJ Team


Greg Holden

Co-Founder and Company Director

"The greatest challenge and reward in recruitment is breaking down the sales barrier with clients: to work with companies. Only then can we really add value as true consultants."

Tel. 01628 244440


Leigh Jones

Co-Founder and Company Director

"We launched Holden Jones in a bid to set new standards in the recruitment industry. I think we have achieved that by working to a strict ethical code of which impartiality and integrity are our guiding principles - resulting in loyal and trusting partnerships."

Tel. 01628 244440


Paul Bosier

Manager, Thames Valley Office

"The key to our success is gaining a complete understanding of both our candidates' and clients' key drivers and requirements. Our rigorous interview process and thorough industry knowledge ensure these elements are matched at all times to achieve these common aims"

Tel. 01628 244440


Richard Perrott

Manager, Public Practice Division

"What keeps me in recruitment is adding speed, expertise and value to the recruitment process, with over eleven years "hands on" recruitment experience, both new and old clients tend to trust my judgement."

Tel. 0203 195 7000

Working for HJ

Holden Jones welcomes individuals to apply for a flourishing career within recruitment. You should possess competitive determination, intelligence, high EQ and resilience all combined with confident communication.

We employ Resourcers, Trainee Consultants, Temporary Recruitment Consultants, Permanent Recruitment Consultants and Branch Managers.

In return for your talent, we offer a lucrative uncapped commission structure, annual bonus awards, pension and healthcare with up to 25 days holidays, rising with service.

Our current vacancies are:


What our clients say…

Paul is approachable, friendly, helpful, and attentive – a good advertisement for Holden Jone. After providing support and advice to me when finding a new position, Paul then checked in (unobtrusively) periodically. I have no hesitation to recommend Paul, and I will utilise his services when recruiting.


Finance Professional

I have worked with Paul for my recruitment needs for over 15 years and can happily say he has never failed to deliver. Professional and understanding of the business requirements and also the need to fit to the team I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his skills and expertise.


Finance Manager

Leigh has business that is built upon getting results for his clients. I can say that in the majority of assignments I have given Leigh he has delivered. Even in the roles that Leigh hasn’t managed to fill he has always been willing to offer advice and market insight which makes him stand out from a number of other recruiters.



I have been doing business with Leigh for over 20 years. I always value his honest opinion, frequent insights and innovative suggestions to employment issues . He has an astonishing memory for candidates that could fit the requirement.



It has been a pleasure to work with Leigh. He has acted as a trusted advisor to our business & provided a premium service which goes beyond that of any other recruitment company I’ve worked with before. If you’re looking for a recruiter who acts with integrity, has a deep and detailed knowledge of their space as well as being personable, Leigh is your man!



Leigh is a very professional and dedicated recruiter. I found dealing with him to be easy and clear as he passes on information honestly and quickly. I would thoroughly recommend anyone to register with HJ due to the level of service I received from Leigh.


Finance Director

Leigh is the consummate professional. He is skilled at building relationships; an excellent communicator; quickly brings understanding, trust and confidence to interactions. He is a very decent person to work with.


Finance Professional

Leigh is top notch when it comes to matching a candidate’s qualities and aspirations with his clients. His approach is not about volume of CVs but instead really taking the time to understand the needs of both parties to drive a far higher standard of recruitment. He also excels in building long term relationships. I have known Leigh for over 8 years now and whilst my career has moved on, we stay in touch. This is testament to the fact that it’s not just about placing a candidate but continuing to make sure everything is working well.


Finance Professional