Hays plc is a leading British company providing recruitment and human resources across all 33 countries globally. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index .
The company was founded in 1867 as an operator of wharves and warehouses on the south bank of the River Thames .  The name can be traced to Alexander Hay, who acquired a brewhouse there in 1651. It was redeveloped as a ‘ wharf ‘, in fact an enclosed dock, in 1856 and renamed Hay’s Wharf. It was rebuilt after the Great Fire of Southwark in 1861 and still stands; It was converted in the 1980s into a shopping and dining area known as Hay’s Galleria .  The Kuwait Investment Authority acquired an indirect 34% holding in the Company in 1975, increased to 100% in 1980, Thames, who were sold to the Martins Property Group in the early 1980s. 
To develop the management team for the services group,  the Kuwaitis backed Hays’ acquisition of Farmhouse Securities, a food distribution business owned by Ronnie Frost, and Hays then moved into a chemical distribution and office support services with Frost and Peter David Thatcher Roberts as CEO.  In 1986, he purchased a personal business called Career Care Group, which had been founded by Denis Waxman.  Hays was also growing its business storage services which included the brands “Hays Wharf” and “Rentacrate”. In 1987, a long-planned management was completed,  and the company launched an Initial Public Offering in 1989. Ronnie Frost managed the combined services group from 1987 until he retired in 2001. 
In March 2003, Hays announced that, following a strategic review, it was intended to reposition itself as a specialist recruitment business and that the company would have all non-core business, including its commercial and logistics operations.  Following Hays’ change of focus to a recruitment company, Denis Waxman became CEO in July 2004.  In November 2004 Hays de-merged its DX delivery network which represents the final step in the transformation of Hays into a recruitment business .  In November 2007 Waxman retired and was succeeded by Alistair Cox. 
Hays is a specialist recruitment group with operations in the UK, Continental Europe, The Americas and Asia Pacific regions.  It has a steady equal balance of work in progress and permanent recruitment, which gives financial stability through business cycles.  Hays operates in 33 countries. 
Involvement in price-fixing
In 2009 the Office of Fair Trading imposed a £ 30.4m fine against Hays for its involvement in price-fixing . The firm, along with five other recruitment firms, formed a cartel called the Construction Recruitment Forum which agreed to a boycott Park, a new company that had entered the market in 2003 to act as an intermediary between construction firms and recruitment firms. The six firms received fines totaling £ 39.3m, Hays receiving the biggest fine. Hays had its fine cut by the Competition Appeal Tribunal from £ 30.4m to £ 5.9m following an appeal against the level of a fine tax by the Office of Fair Trading in September 2009. 
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