Did you know that there are at least 1,000 recruitment agencies in Singapore? That’s a lot, so how do you know which recruitment agency you should work with?

If you’re a job seeker, you would want to work with a recruiter who can help you find a job with the employer of your dream in the shortest amount of time. But not all job recruitment companies can benefit your job search, so let’s start by understanding who they are and what type of services they offer to job seekers like you.

what type of services do recruitment companies offer?

All recruiters wish for one final outcome - to place you in a job you like with an employer you want to work for. However, the process of getting you there depends on your employment situation and a whole lot of work.

Global recruitment firms like Randstad offer a wide and diverse range of HR-related services and products to cater to different job seekers. A big recruitment organisation also means that we have more clients, which would translate to more jobs for you to choose from. We also invest in new HR technologies to help create a more seamless and positive candidate experience for you.

However, it’s likely that you will see the words “leading headhunting agency” and “top recruiters” keep appearing when you google for help, which could leave you more confused than before.

These are the few factors to consider when choosing a recruitment agency to help you find a new job:

  • Does the recruitment firm offer jobs that you’re looking for?
  • Is the recruiter knowledgeable about your career and industry?
  • Do they represent the companies that you have a desire to work in?
  • Are they truly interested and able to help you find a new job?
singapore recruitment agencies
singapore recruitment agencies

randstad overview

Randstad was founded in 1960 by Frits Goldschmeding in the Netherlands. Since then, we have expanded operations to 39 markets, representing more than 90% of the global HR services market.

We set up our Singapore office in 1993, offering end-to-end professional permanent, contracting and temporary recruitment services; career coaching and redeployment; and outsourcing services.

We specialise in providing specialised talent recruitment services for professionals, managers, executives and technicians, or what we call PMETs. Our recruiters focus on specific and niche markets such as UI/UX designs, cybersecurity, blockchain, forensic auditing and more. We are knowledgeable to share insights and job opportunities that matter to you. Because of our in-depth specialisation, we are able to share anticipated interview questions to prepare you ahead of time for your job interview.

With many accolades and recognitions in its name, Randstad Singapore has been making a meaningful difference by being a trusted human partner in today's technology-driven world of talent. Randstad’s HR technology and digital solutions help people secure rewarding jobs and stay relevant in the ever-changing world of work.

HR services

  • Specialised permanent and contracting recruitment
  • Executive Search
  • End-to-end contracting services including payrolling and timesheets
  • Talent outsourcing
  • Career coaching and redeployment 
  • HR consulting & total talent workforce management 

randstad’s specialisations

Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Life Sciences, Sales & Marketing, Corporate Services, Legal Support, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Logistics, Property & Real Estate and Human Resources.

  • Singapore Website: randstad.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: #1,091
  • Alexa Global Website Rank: #134,214
  • Google Star Ratings: 4.7
  • Google Reviews: 765

what are the alternatives for randstad?

This list of alternatives is similar to Randstad in terms of common industry categories and services. Let’s see what recruitment agencies have to offer in Singapore.

1. adecco group

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Adecco expanded its Asia Pacific footprint when the company set up its operations in Singapore in 1985. On their website, it is stated that their Singapore team is deeply connected with the local employment market and they like to keep busy connecting people with jobs, and jobs with people.


  • Permanent, contracting and temporary recruitment
  • Outsourcing solutions
  • HR consulting 
  • Technology
  • Workforce management

adecco’s specialisations

Accountancy & Finance, Administration, Banking, Human Resources, Call Centre & Customer Service, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain, Retail & Events and Information Technology & Telecommunications.

  • Singapore website: adecco.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: #10,472
  • Alexa Global Website Rank: #966,179
  • Google Star Ratings: 4.6
  • Google Reviews: 241

2. manpower

With a market presence in 80 countries, Manpower is a global leader in contingent and permanent staffing over the past 70 years. The ManpowerGroup consists of Manpower, Experis and Talent Solutions.

In Singapore, they offer permanent, temporary & contract recruitment services. Their local website also offers free career resources and job search tips.


  • Permanent, temporary & contract recruitment
  • Payroll Outsourcing
  • Events Recruitment
  • Outsourcing
  • HR Consultancy

manpower’s specialisations

Information Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing & Production, Sales & Marketing, Administrative, Call Centre & Customer Services, Banking & Finance, Accountancy, Supply Chain, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Human Resources and more.

  • Singapore Website: manpower.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: #11,324
  • Alexa Global Website Rank: #831,072
  • Google Star Ratings: 4.4
  • Google Reviews: 89

3. kelly services

Kelly Service is a platform that offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing, management consulting services, vendor management, career transition, recruitment and staffing on a temporary and direct-hire basis. It was founded in 1946 and originally named as Russell Kelly Office Service.

In Singapore, Kelly Service joint venture with PERSOL Holdings (previously Temp Holdings) and established PERSOKELLY in 2016 to cater to the rising employment needs of the Asia Pacific region.


  • Permanent recruitment
  • Temporary and contract staffing
  • payroll solutions
  • Business process outsourcing
  • Human resources advisory
  • Regional talent solutions

kelly services’ specialisations

Accounting, Banking & Finance, Engineering & Technical, Human Resources, Information Technology, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare, Procurement & Supply Chain and Sales & Marketing.

  • Singapore Website: [persolkelly.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: NA
  • Alexa Global Website Rank: #1,412,49
  • Google Star Ratings: 2.0
  • Google Reviews: 4

4. hays

Hays is a global specialist recruiting group that offers a wide range of employment services including HR solutions, training, market and salary data. Besides career insights and job search & interview tips, Hays offer annual market-rate salaries and hot jobs guides for job seekers to benchmark their salaries.


  • Permanent recruitment
  • Flexible recruitment
  • Talent solutions

hays’ specialisations

Accountancy & Finance, Architecture, Banking & Financial Services, Construction, Contact Centres, Digital Technology, Engineering, Office Professionals, Supply Chain, Legal, Information Technology, Life Sciences and more. 

  • Singapore Website: hays.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: NA
  • Alexa Global Website Rank:#1,019,871
  • Google Star Ratings: 3.6
  • Google Reviews: 35

5. robert walters

Robert Walters was first established in 1985 in London and they are not present in 31 markets. Robert Walters is a specialist professional recruitment consultancy and the core brand of the Robert Walters Group which consists of Walters People and Resource Solutions which looks over junior professional staffing and recruitment process outsourcing. 


  • Contract Hiring
  • Executive Search
  • Advertising Solutions
  • Talent Mapping

robert walters’ specialisations

Accounting & Finance, Banking & Financial Services, Human Resources, Tech & Transformation, Legal, Marketing & Sales, Secretarial & Business Support, Supply Chain, Procurement & Logistics and Technical Healthcare.

  • Singapore Website: robertwalters.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: NA
  • Alexa Global Website Rank: #922,468
  • Google Star Ratings: 4.7
  • Google Reviews: 108

6. robert half

Not to be confused with Robert Walters, Robert Half was founded in 1948 and has a long history of connecting highly-skilled job seekers with great companies. The Singapore website offers free career advice on how to write resumes and perform job interviews. 


  • Permanent, contract or project-based recruitment
  • Executive search
  • Project consulting

robert half’s specialisations

Banking & Financial Services, C-Suite & Senior Management, Finance & Accounting, Project Consulting and Technology.

  • Singapore Website: roberthalf.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Rank: NA
  • Alexa Global Rank: #1,029,411
  • Google Star Ratings: 4.6
  • Google Reviews: 30

7. michael page

Michael Page was first established in 1976 in London and later expanded its Asia footprint in 1994. It is part of the PageGroup that consists of 4 key brands - Michael Page, Page Personnel, Page Executive and Page Outsourcing - each offering different recruitment services.


  • Permanent and contract recruitment

michael page’s specialisations

Banking & Financial Services, Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing, Finance & Accounting, Healthcare, Human Resources, Marketing & Sales, Property, Secretarial & Business Support and more.

  • Singapore Website: michaelpage.com.sg
  • Alexa Local Website Rank: #7,282
  • Alexa Global Website Rank: #266,778
  • Google Star Ratings: 4.7
  • Google Reviews: 213

finding your dream job requires time and effort on your part too

Finding your dream job is like finding a dream house that you’d like to live in for the rest of your life, it requires patience. You’ll need to do research, customise your CV and give your recruiter a good and thorough brief. And more often than not, your first job interview may turn out not to be what you’re looking for.

It’s not uncommon for job seekers to engage the help from a few recruitment agencies when looking for new employment. After all, it is unwise to put all your eggs in one basket.

But in the meantime, stay focused on what you want to achieve. Read up more about how to improve your CV and job interviewing skills and whenever you’re ready, we’re ready for you too.

Note: This article was written in January 2022 and reflects publicly available information during the writing process. 

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