About McCabe & Barton

How we work

McCabe and Barton pride ourselves on the close long-term relationships that we have with our clients. Everyone in our team works all roles within their vertical specialism.

Our business is based on our network of long-term professional relationships, and our deep knowledge of technology, digital, business change and BAU across global financial services and central government.

We are London-based but with a global reach.

Our business model is dynamic and flexible, not being bound by the usual constraints of larger corporate companies.

From Developer to CIO we work very closely with all our candidates in an open and transparent manner, we are always around to help, advise or just bounce ideas off. Working closely with clients, we look to understand not only the role in question but the clients’ culture, organisation and strategy.

Our consultants and researchers have in-depth market, candidate and client knowledge in their niche areas. We thoroughly interview all our candidates, wherever possible this is face to face.

Recruitment specialists


McCabe and Barton are a specialist recruitment business founded in 2000 focusing on technology and business change roles within the Private and Public Sector. We specialise in mid to senior level recruitment in technology, digital, data, change and risk, providing high calibre individuals on both a contract and permanent basis.

We are extremely ethical in all our dealings and come highly recommended by both our clients and candidates. At the core of our business are relationships that span 20 years or more, with candidates frequently becoming clients and clients approaching us to become candidates.

Our founder, Gillian McCabe, worked as a Senior Technology Delivery Manager for 18 years prior to setting up McCabe & Barton.   Gillian is also a trained coach and more recently has led global workforce planning programmes on site for large Corporate businesses.

We are a member of APSCO and to retain this membership, we work to a strict Code of Conduct and are required to pass an external quality audit with end clients and candidates.


Since inception 20 years ago, McCabe & Barton have worked on executive searches helping our clients build and strengthen their leadership teams.  As a boutique company we are not bound by the constraints of larger organisations and are able to work in the way the customer wants us to, encouraging our relationships with them to be interactive, honest, open and focussed.   Our approach is one that is structured and implemented by strong Project Management, but remains agile in execution.  We have a standard evolving process that is adapted to individual clients through iteration, creative, new approaches and “lessons learnt”.

We use a combination of traditional and innovative approaches to find the strongest, most suitable individuals – not just those that are actively looking.   We utilise our network and contacts to fully understand the nuances and trends of a given market, which helps us develop our target list of candidates. In markets with a dearth of active and visible talent, the benefit of this approach is in providing access to the highest performing individuals and teams, rather than just ‘active’ candidates, who can often account for less than 10% of each candidate pool.

Our approach ensures we are able to identify, attract, screen, qualify and shortlist the highest calibre candidates from the widest possible target audience, thus ensuring each candidate’s capabilities mirror the requirements of our clients. We then approach those highly talented candidates in a targeted and discreet manner, protecting both our clients and candidates confidentiality.

We measure and work towards attaining our D&I targets throughout, which ensures we are able to identify and engage individuals with a broad spectrum of experience from diverse backgrounds.  This enables us to present a variety of candidates from the widest possible target audience.

As screening is of utmost importance to us, we carry out objective structured interviews and marry candidates skillsets with the agreed job spec alongside other information received from the client.  After this first stage we are able to grade each candidate in terms of their suitability for the role.  Throughout the process we ensure candidates and clients are engaged and updated.  The candidate journey is very important to us, as we recognise that, as a recruitment partner we play an important part in candidate experience and their perception of our client.

We also provide Advisory and Market & Talent Mapping Services for our clients and offer a “named approach” service whereby we approach the individual on a strictly confidential basis.

We are London based, but have the capability and reach to successfully run UK wide searches, recently fulfilling roles in Newcastle, Leeds and Bristol.


The recruitment market is evolving into two separate offerings.  The “high volume” element is becoming more automated, but our type of specialist recruitment provides a more boutique, relationship focussed offering.

For all levels of roles, we use our wide and extensive network, search techniques, databases, job boards, advertising and (dependant on the client’s time constraints) “cold” research to find and approach those individuals both active and not actively looking in the market place.

Whether it is for a retained or contingency search, we work the way the customer wants us to work, encouraging an interactive, honest, open and focussed relationship.   We place emphasis on Account Management, keeping in regular communication with our client and encouraging two-way feedback.  In addition, we also offer more formal quarterly meetings, where we measure ourselves against agreed KPIs and encourage discussion around suggestions for improvement, which we then implement.

We strongly believe in an honest and open approach, striving to keep the conversation active and open with both candidates and clients alike.

Our clients

We work in an agile and interactive way in close partnership with our clients – almost as an extension of their own team.  It is vital for us to understand the background, ethics and requirements of each client and their aims for every hire, not just the skills on a job spec.

Clients have told us they like the fact that we can deliver from top down. For contract and perm, contingency and search we employ a wide variety of search techniques, thoroughly screen all candidates and place emphasis on an open and honest process throughout.   We ensure clients are kept updated throughout and understand any reasons for difficulties with the search or delays in the process.  Occasionally, we may think elements of the spec are reducing the potential employee pool by discouraging candidates.  We always seek to address this by discussing solutions with clients.

We pride ourselves on our tenacity, persevering with the most difficult searches and delivering the results to our clients in a candidate driven market.

We interview all candidates and stay in constant contact with them throughout the process so that we can keep the client continually updated. We are often relied on by our clients to provide a variety of market data. On a daily basis, we constantly gather objective information on the marketplace – we know who is recruiting and in which areas, what technologies are most in demand, who’s investing in what this year, the market-rate salaries and bonuses, plus we have information on numerous other market dynamics.


Diversity and inclusion

McCabe & Barton appreciates the importance of a diverse and inclusive organisation, we believe that valuing candidates for their individuality creates a culture in which talent, creativity and innovation can thrive.  This approach helps to bring out the best in a workforce and ultimately achieves departmental targets.

Valuing diversity is reflected in our candidate shortlists and placements.  Proactively searching for candidates allows us to specifically target under-represented groups and individuals, as well as people that might not apply without speaking to us first.  This results in a broader and more diverse pool. To ensure as diverse a range of applicants as possible we always search for potential candidates from many sources; not just those that approach us or are active in the market.

McCabe & Barton’s founder and MD, Gillian and Director, Caroline, are both trained coaches, adept at working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, which often results in candidates considering a wider variety of careers than they would have previously.

All of our consultants are fully trained in D&I and Unconscious Bias and we partner with an external D&I specialist, who is on hand if we ever want advice or a review of our processes.

We are proud to have worked on Diversity & Inclusion projects for many of our clients.  In addition, we have made multiple successful introductions for clients as a result of implementing a D & I “watching” brief.

Our candidates

Our candidates are the backbone of our business; we strongly believe it is essential to treat all candidates professionally and with respect. Working in partnership, we will ensure we are honest and open with our candidates and at all stages we will give you feedback as soon as we have it. We provide advice and guidance throughout the process, we often provide career counselling and will help and advise on CVs, interviewing and resignation.

Whether we find you, or you approach us, we will work with you to enhance your career by offering advice on your next step and help you achieve your goals. We will work with you to understand your experience and skills, to determine what type of organisations you would like to work for and which ones would suit you, and help you to develop your ideas about where your career is going. We will discuss the roles with you in depth, discuss the culture of a prospective organisation and work closely with you to give honest feedback throughout the interview process. Our goal is to place you within the right organisation where you will be able to realise your career goals, enjoy the team environment and contribute to the overall success of that organisation.


We are more than a traditional recruitment company; we also offer a flexible outsourced, bespoke recruitment (or recruitment and HR if required) service for companies who do not wish to hire a full time HR and/or recruitment person.

We can offer an outsourced, bespoke recruitment and on-boarding service in which we will take responsibility for:

  • Assisting with job specification writing
  • Sourcing – whether consultancy/contract/permanent
  • Initial interviewing and testing if required
  • Presentation of candidates/ shortlists and market mapping in case of executive and senior search
  • Diary management and interview arranging
  • On-boarding and vetting of new staff
  • Diversity and inclusion recruitment

More than just a recruitment company

McCabe & Barton are more than a traditional recruitment company, we also work with clients and candidates alike on:

  • Recruitment strategy
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Sourcing – consultancy/contract/permanent
  • Job families/specifications
  • Market mapping/market data
  • Career planning
  • Sustainable succession planning
  • Talent management
  • Capability matrix definition (in conjunction with job specs)
  • Salary/rate benchmarking
  • Assist in writing role descriptions
  • Recruitment process
  • Interviewing
  • Technical tests
  • Psychometric testing
  • Diversity recruitment
  • Market research, reports

We'd like to tell you more, so get in touch with one of our consultants today.