Paul Jacobs

Associate Director


Paul joined the team late in 2011 bringing unparalleled experience in the recruitment sector, to more rapidly facilitate growth at ARV Solutions.   

He has spent 35 years within the recruitment industry, and is the former Managing Director of Office Angels the UK’s leading office support recruitment consultancy and main Board Director of Adecco UK & Ireland, and Chief Talent Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Hudson UK, Ireland and Middle East, a global professional recruitment services business.

Paul works with ARV Solutions to provide strategic direction, coaching and mentoring and to help enhance our business culture and further attract and retain clients, candidates and most importantly colleagues.

A well known and high profile figure within the UK recruitment industry, Paul commenced his career at Office Angels as a Branch Manager rapidly moving into Area Manager and Regional Operations Director positions, before launching a Corporate Development division which represented 20% of the companies turnover and leading the Marketing and PR department where he was influential in positioning Office Angels as a Super brand. 

He became Managing Director in 2001, and grew the network to over 100 branches whilst managing a workforce of 650 staff achieving a turnover of £140m.

Paul directed Office Angels to win The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Company to Work For in the UK Award, achieving 8th position in 2005 and 2006, and was also awarded Best Company in the UK for Outstanding Workplaces 2006 – 3 stars.

In 2008 Paul rejoined the main Adecco UK & Ireland Board and was engaged in developing strategies for acquiring new business across all of the Groups’ brands. He was previously engaged in management consultancy projects working closely with senior leadership teams cultivating strategies to develop optimum team and business performance though enhanced sales and marketing processes – notably with Manpower UK.

Paul has now worked closely with 30 senior management teams developing and implementing strategies to achieve optimum team and business performance and impressive turnover and profit margin improvement.

Paul has appeared in over 400 national and local radio broadcasts including BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5, LBC, IRN and ITN. TV appearances included a regular appearance on CNN, together with Channel 4, BBC1, Open University, and NBC. Paul is also regularly quoted in national and local newspapers. A judge on the 2007 Recruitment Consultancy of the Year awards, a speaker at the Fourth Annual Recruiter Forum, Paul also contributed on a regular basis to the The Bank of England Monetary Commission and is recommended by several leading banks and professional businesses to support and assist their recruitment business clients.