Payroll is paramount to every major organisation. That’s why we have a specialist team dedicated exclusively to payroll professionals. Serving the full breadth of sectors, they have a successful track record of placing candidates into opportunities, both temporary and permanent, at all levels.
From payroll associates to heads of department, we have extensive experience of supplying talent across the UK. Our expertise spans everything from business-as-usual payroll to implementation projects and international assignments.
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Senior Consultant Linda Giacomantonio reveals the key learning points from our latest Payroll event...
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Senior Manager John O'Brien contemplates the prosperous year ahead for our Payroll team...
I have worked with John at Oakleaf Partnership for over two years as a trusted advisor on Payroll recruitment. Just over 18 months ago John found my next career move as the Head of Global Payroll. Throughout the recruitment process John demonstrated great candidate care and understanding of my requirements for my next role. I have also personally referred my professional Payroll colleagues and friends to John, who he has successfully placed in fantastic career progressive roles both in the UK and in Europe. Therefore I am confident to recommend John to prospective candidates and clients.
Global Head HR Operations
I have had a great experience with Oakleaf. Initially I met up with John O’Brien and Linda Giacomantonio who were very thorough in their assessment of my skills and very helpful in pointing me in the right direction for my next professional move. I was then contacted by Grant Ward who again matched me with the perfect role for what I was looking for. I will be starting in my new job soon and would definitely recommend Oakleaf to any colleague needing to make their next move. Thank you Oakleaf!
Pilar Rowlands, EMEA Payroll Specialist - Dow Jones
Linda was a very knowledgeable and hands on consultant. She really worked hard to deliver on the brief with quality candidates and was very proactive. She has a deep knowledge of the sector and is pragmatic and professional at all times. She was also very personable, patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend her.
Diane Foster - HR Director, Flamingo Group
I have worked with John and Oakleaf Partnership as a candidate during the recruitment process for both my current and previous roles as well as a recruiting manager. My experience of both situations has been extremely positive. I've found John to be very responsive and he demonstrates the strongest understanding of both the payroll recruitment market and the way in which the payroll profession is evolving.
As a candidate, I found the contact and feedback during the recruitment process to be excellent. While as a recruiting manager, I found that John was able to provide a range of strong CVs that demonstrated a full understanding of my requirements within a very short time frame with successful results.
Tim Reed - Global Payroll Manager, London Stock Exchange
Having dealt with John O’Brien in the capacity of Client and candidate, I have no reservations in recommending him and his team in providing the consummate service in the recruitment of Payroll Professionals.
John keeps in constant contact throughout the recruitment process and is extremely helpful in facilitating a smooth outcome, with quick results in finding a suitable candidate.
I would not think twice about engaging John and Oakleaf Partnerships services in the future.
David Elliott - (ex) Global Payroll Manager, London Stock Exchange
I am writing this testimonial due to the great help I received from Linda in getting a new job, not only did she get me a job she got me a job that was suited to my skill set, in an ideal location with a great company. During my time off I was finding it more difficult to attend interviews due to the cost of travel, when Linda first offered me the interview at my new role I was unable to attend due to my finances, however as Linda new the role was perfect for me she paid for my travel out of her own pocket which I am forever grateful for. In my 14 years of dealing with agencies and recruitment staff I have never come across someone so helpful and thoughtful as Linda. Thanks again for everything.
Payroll Specialist, Grosvenor
I cannot thank you enough of all the help you have given me throughout the process. You have been professional and always informed me of any updates.
I am not sure I would have got this job without your help as you have always made sure I was happy with the process. You also made sure Moody's got back to me as soon as possible. You also made sure I received the emails you have sent me. It is really appreciated.
You have been very supportive during the test and interview. Also thank you for giving me the confidence vote when I was going to the interview. It helped. A lot!!!
Not many people will be as lucky as I was with this process and that's because of you and your motivation skills as well as determination.
I had the pleasure of working with John O’Brien whilst looking to a new venture, with him placing me into my latest position as Payroll Manager for Liberty Specialty Markets. John proved to be an invaluable asset in my job hunting. He offered excellent advice, great insight into the marketplace as a whole and took the time to really understand my needs. I went into each interview feeling prepared, and knowing the company I was approaching was the right match for my skillset and requirements.
I would recommend John to anyone looking for a new payroll position. His knowledge and contacts of the payroll market are second to none, and I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Chris Headley - Payroll Manager, Liberty
I have worked with John at Oakleaf Partnership for over two years as a trusted advisor on payroll recruitment. Just over 18 months ago John found my next career move as the Head of Global Payroll, throughout the recruitment process John demonstrated great candidate care and understanding of my requirements for my next role. I have also personally referred my professional payroll colleagues and friends to John, who he has successfully placed in fantastic career progressive roles both in the UK and in Europe. Therefore I am confident to recommend John to prospective candidates and clients.
Robyn Brack - Global Head HR Operations, Travelex
At a time when some of the more traditional payroll agencies were struggling to find roles, John was able to line up three interesting opportunities within a matter of weeks. The role that I decided to pursue resulted in a lengthy process and I found John to be supportive, open and honest throughout. During this time other opportunities arose and John was pragmatic and understanding when I decided not to explore these further, even if the salary and I suspect his fee would have been higher.
It was a pleasure to deal with the guys at Oakleaf and I am happy that they helped me find a great role.
Oliver Carr - Global Payroll Manager
"I have found Linda to be very have a very good understanding of what you are looking for in your next role. Linda will go well beyond all boundaries to ensure that she secures you exactly what you are looking for in the right organisation that will meet your expectations. From informing you of a new opportunity, keeping you updated on progress at interview stage via phone and email to congratulating you when been offered the role. Always very proactive in what she does and a true professional in her approach to the candidate and employer. She excels well beyond any other recruitment consultant that I have had contact with and is a real asset to Oakleaf Payroll Recruitment"
Yvonne Jones - Payroll Administrator, King Edward Hospital
"Linda has great intuition to have placed me in a role that was great for my skills at the time. The role she placed me in has enabled me to develop myself professionally. She is highly experienced and it has been an absolute pleasure working with her. I would recommend her to my friends, colleagues and companies."
Kurpa Patel - HR Officer, AXA Insurance
My first contact with Linda was just before Christmas 2015, I was making the move from Ireland to the UK early the following year. From the start Linda was nothing short of professional, she was very thorough with finding out all the bits and pieces needed to make my move as easy as possible, obviously the right job was the place to start!
When I finally made it to the UK, Linda was a constant, keeping me up to date with opportunities when they came in & providing some advice on life in the Big City, which was well received!
Most importantly for me was that Linda is such a lovely person, what you see is what you get, she wants nothing more than for her clients to be happy & it shows through her work.
I really could not speak any more highly of her & I would not hesitate in the slightest recommending her as a recruitment consultant.
Susan Forde - EMEA & APAC Payroll Specialist, Nuance Communications UK