Hays' Specialist Recruitment business was founded as the Career Care Group in 1968 by former CEO Denis Waxman. This business was acquired by Hays plc in 1986, the Specialist Recruitment business forming part of the diversified larger Hays group.
In March 2003, Hays announced that, following a strategic review, it intended to reposition itself as a pure-play specialist recruitment business and that the company would dispose of all non-core business, including its Commercial and Logistics operations.
In November 2004 Hays demerged its mail business, DX Services plc, which represented the final significant step in the transformation of Hays into a pure-play specialist recruitment business and Hays has now been trading as a specialist recruitment group since this period.
In November 2007 Denis Waxman retired after nearly 40 years with the specialist recruitment business of Hays. Denis was succeeded by Alistair Cox who became Chief Executive of Hays plc in November 2007.