The maximum recruitment fee we will agree to is a fixed 15% of the annual starting salary of the candidate.


At 1973 we operate a 6 month probationary period to ensure an applicant is a good fit after the necessary training and bedding in has taken place. In the unlikely event that a problem should arise, we feel that the short rebate periods offered by some recruitment agencies would encourage us to move quickly to dismiss a candidate rather than to work with the person to succeed. We therefore prefer to work with 6 month terms where if a candidate leaves 1973 within six months of the commencement of the engagement for any reason other than redundancy then the agency shall refund one-sixth of the recruitment fee for each whole month of that six-month period which is remaining.


If the candidate leaves in the second month then the agency shall refund 5/6 of the fee, if they leave during the fourth month then the agency shall refund half the fee.

Quality Not Quantity

We have to filter applicants around our regular day jobs. Therefore, we won’t partner with agencies that don’t filter candidates adequately prior to sending or who generate a lot of unneccessary “back and forth”. We hope we provide enough detail on our requirements, and feedback on unsuccessful candidates to help with this.


Our location is not easy to access via public transport and we want to make sure candidates are aware of this before they are sent through to us. They must be able to drive and be local to Oxfordshire so as not to have too long a commute. We have frustratingly had a few examples where we have got candidates through to offer stage for it not to work out because of location.


Please send all candidates to enquiries@1973ltd.com. This is a shared inbox so means there’ll be someone there to monitor.

Employee Benefits

  • 20 days holiday with one extra day per full years’ service to a maximum of 25)
  • Pension Scheme (auto enrolment with People’s Pension)
  • Occasional working from home allowed for appointments etc.

Recruitment Process

The process as described here applies primarily to developers, however the general principles apply across all roles.

Stage 1: CV and portfolio

Once a candidate has been reviewed and vetted by yourself, and you’d like to put them forward to us, please supply us with their location, salary expectations, notice period, CV and some examples of things they’ve made.

Stage 2: Telephone Interview

The next step would be a very short telephone interview – usually around 15 minutes or so. One of the directors will give the candidate a call and have a quick chat to determine whether both parties are interested in principal and get an impression of whether there could be a mutually a good fit.

Stage 3: Tech Test (Email developer only)

Once interest and suitability has been established, an HTML email test will be sent to the candidate to complete. This will not be a live project and templates and assets will be provided with the aim to make it as straightforward and simple as possible. Once the test is received, we will feedback on whether we’d like to progress with a candidate or not. Please note, we can’t always give specific feedback on the tech test as this can influence future candidate’s applications.

Stage 4: Face to Face Interview

These usually last for 1 hour, and cover the following:

  • An overview of 1973 Ltd and the role.
  • A chat about the candidate’s experience and skills.
  • Candidate talks us through examples of their work, projects they are proud of, how they approached them and what problems they had to overcome.
  • An informal chat to get to know the candidate and give them a feel for what it’s like to work here.

The candidate may be asked to come in again, but this would only be to aid a final decision.

Stage 5: Offer

If the face-to-face interview has gone well, we may make the candidate a verbal offer then and there. We may want to take a bit of time, so may make an offer directly with the candidate and then update yourselves.

Any offers are subject to successful references.


Our office address is 1973 Ltd, Hampden House, Monument Business Park, Chalgrove, OX44 7RW.

To get to the office, turn off the B480 onto Monument Road, which then turns into Warpsgrove Lane – you should see a sign for Monument Park.

The entrance to the business park is on the right. Go through the barriers (which will be open) and carry on straight.

Take the second left turn, then the second left turn after that to arrive at Hampden House (it’s a large building with blue corrugated cladding).

There’s plenty of marked visitor parking available. If no visitor parking is available they can park in any free bay.

Please report to reception on arrival. If they arrive early, there’s an onsite cafe called the Picnic Hamper available.

If you agree to these terms please email enquiries@1973ltd.com to confirm this along with some information about your agency.