About Hydrogen

Hydrogen was established in 2005 when two of the UK’s most innovative and fastest growing recruitment companies - Partners Group Ltd and PRO Ltd - merged. Hydrogen’s shares were admitted to trading on the Alternative Investment Market on 29 September 2006. 

Whilst many specialist recruiters are location focused, Hydrogen believes that the best way to support its clients and candidates is to base its offering around its global practices. Through leading-edge technology and joined-up processes within these practices, consultants can operate globally, finding the right candidates for specialist roles, regardless of location.

About Argyll Scott

Launched in 2010, Argyll Scott has grown into an international multifunctional search led recruitment business delivering mid-level to senior mandates across multiple management functions and industry sectors.

Argyll Scott is a team of functional and sector specialists, delivering a genuinely consultative service – underpinned by the depth of its market knowledge and the networks of passive, exclusive, candidates it has built.

About Hydrogen Group

In June 2017, Hydrogen acquired Argyll Scott, under the umbrella company, Hydrogen Group.

Our business model

We add value by being able to fill vacancies which our clients cannot fill themselves. There are different circumstances behind each client’s situation: there may be a shortage of specialist skills within their local area, tight time constraints on establishing a new business division or a high-profile project which cannot be satisfied by direct recruitment.

Our success depends on the ability of our consultants to source experienced, high quality, hard to find professionals, no matter where they are in the world, to satisfy the demands of our clients. 

We concentrate on markets where there is a shortage of supply of suitable candidates and a clear demand for our specialist services. In this context, we are continuing to diversify into new sectors and build our contract business across practices and regions.

We place candidates at a mid to senior level of management, typically earning between £70,000 and £150,000 per year.

Our global locations

Our strategic pillars

The integration of Argyll Scott has enabled the creation of a scalable operational platform that promotes long term sustainable growth, underpinned by our core strategic pillars:

Building niche businesses

An operating model focussed on building niche businesses which are each driven through a consistent targeting and reporting model, to grow to be market leaders

Share scheme

A minority interest share scheme launched in H2 2017 which promotes the retention, motivation and development of key staff, as well as attracting new talent to Hydrogen Group

Digital marketing

A digital marketing programme that supports a multi brand specialist business strategy by allowing the development of key client and candidate relationships on a scalable, but bespoke, one to one basis

Global CRM

A single global technology and CRM platform that promotes communication and the cross fertilisation of key client relationships across the Group, driving our “go to market” strategy

Investment in people

A commitment to create a genuine learning and development culture throughout the Group. Bespoke training programmes have been developed for each job function and grade, which are delivered by the leadership and management teams.

Permanent/contract balance

We place candidates in both permanent and contract roles. The revenue streams and service requirements involved in filling permanent and contract roles are different. Maintaining a balance between permanent and contract placements helps to smooth the effect of fluctuations in the economic cycle. The permanent business allows Hydrogen Group to generate cash quickly during periods of growth when there is an increase in demand. By contrast, the contract business has a large working capital requirement and is cash generative in the first periods of a downturn. When economic conditions are less certain, clients are more likely to fill positions on a temporary basis and the volume of contract business increases.


Our brands