About Stopgap

About Us


We’ve specialised in placing great people in great marketing roles since 1993 in the UK and 2000 in Australia. We were the first recruitment team to focus on the diverse and dynamic world of marketing, digital & advertising.

Read about our Founder Claire Owen’s inspiring journey, her reflections on the first 25 years of Stopgap and her vision for Stopgap in the years to come.

March 1993 seems like a long time ago. And it is. This was the year that Stopgap arrived on the recruitment scene. From an early age I was a bit of a rule breaker. I inherently wanted to be an entrepreneur (maybe it runs in the family as both grandfathers ran their own businesses). However in my wildest dreams I never thought I’d set up a recruitment business.

So why did I do it? Simple:

Because I hated some of the practices I’d witnessed as a candidate. I had a very simple vision – to create a business that people loved to work for and one that candidates and clients loved to work with.  So we created our own ‘rules’ and set out to put our candidates first, treating them as people not ‘commodities’ and operating with total transparency. 

We employed marketers not recruiters; we didn’t work on commission; we didn’t have ‘leader boards’ and cold calling targets. Instead, we met our candidates, we understood not only what they wanted, but the skills they had that they wanted to continue to use, we got to know what was motivating them to job hunt – what was on their ‘wish list’ and what wasn’t.

We endeavoured to build relationships with employers; we became a trusted partner – someone they knew they could come to who wouldn’t sling mud at the wall hoping it will stick.  Our only motivation was – and remains - to find companies a perfect candidate match, knowing that if we found a role that a candidate loved, they’ll do a great job, resulting in happy candidates, happy clients and happy staff knowing they’d made a real difference to real people.

- Claire Owen, Leader of Vision & Values 

Stopgap Founder Claire Owen
Stopgap Recruitment

What Makes Us Different ?

Challenging the recruitment industry's reputation for bad practice and poor service, and determined to epitomise a company that truly looks after its staff, we work hard to do one simple thing: to make people happy and fulfilled in their careers today so that we’re inspired to do it again tomorrow.

And here’s how we do it:

  • By being human. We're interested, we listen and we understand.
  • Non-commissioned & collaborative specialist agency & client side consultants with industry experience for the roles they recruit for
  • Providing a service that’s highly recommended by clients and candidates alike.
  • As a client you won’t be inundated with CVs – we’re fussy on your behalf, searching for the right person for your role and culture.
  • Maintaining a unique and positive culture that promotes low staff turnover, based on our core values
  • Real commitment to coaching and supporting our candidates before, during and after placements


Our Values

  • Stopgap Values- Human Approach

    Human Approach

    Because people and their relationships are at the heart of what we do. We all have emotions. We are interested, we listen and we understand. 

  • Stopgap Values- Collaborative Spirit

    Collaborative Spirit

    Because we appreciate each other’s contributions and abilities whether we are working with a client to fill a role, working with a candidate to find their ideal position or working with each other to share knowledge.

  • Stopgap Values- Daringly Different

    Daringly Different

    Because we are proud to take chances in order to help change peoples' lives and businesses for the better. Our personal touch is at the heart of our business and stands us apart from our competitors. We are adaptable and dynamic.

  • Stopgap Values- Expertly Informed

    Expertly Informed

    Because everything we do comes from a position of experience and insight. Our long history in the industry affords us respect and permission to challenge the status quo. We naturally want to learn, to be able to do the best for our customers.

specialist sectors we recruit for

With many years’ experience of recruiting in marketing, digital & advertising, we have built an unrivalled insight into what employers are looking for across many industry sectors. Our consultants focus on particular areas so they get to know them inside and out, in order to give you the help and advice you need to succeed.

  • Advertising Agency

  • CRM / Direct Marketing Agency

  • Design / Branding Agency

  • Digital Agency

  • Experiental / Events Agency

  • Integrated Agency

  • Market Research Agency

  • Public Relations Agency

  • Shopper Marketing Agency

  • Strategy, Innovation & Insights

  • Automotive
  • Charity / Social Enterprise
  • Consumer Electronics / Durable
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing / Construction
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Fashion
  • Financial Services
  • FMCG
  • Utilities
  • Gaming
  • Beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Luxury
  • Property
  • Professional Services
  • Government
  • Publishing / Conference / Exhibitions
  • Sport
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel
  • Tech
  • B2B
  • B2C

Stopgap Specialist Sectors


placements since 2000


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