Saville and Holdsworth Limited (SHL) is an international company that designs personality, behavioural and ability tests.
It is one of the largest such providers globally, with products available in 30 different languages, accessible in more than 150 countries.
These assessments help organisations identify employees with potential and develop them into leaders. SHL works with all major industry sectors and offers assessments for all job levels and categories. These include sales, IT, admin and leadership.
In addition, the company offers consultancy and management services via its TalentCentral platform.
SHL was acquired by CEB Inc. in 2012 (which is now a subsidiary of Gartner, Inc., a global research and advisory firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange).
SHL was founded in 1977 by the psychologists Peter Saville and Roger Holdsworth.
Personality questionnaires were first used in the Second World War, to recruit personnel into the armed forces. SHL was the first company to develop tests for other organisations.
SHL was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1977 but after a faltering share price performance, the founders were ousted from their positions. This move came after a boardroom war between the directors and CEO of the company.
In 1984, SHL's Occupational Personality Questionnaire was launched. This is now considered one of the most accurate psychometric assessments.
About 80% of the FTSE 100 companies and half of the Fortune Global 500 companies use SHL tests to find and develop talent.
Its customers include Microsoft, Heineken, Wills Group, County of Riverside, Financial Services Compensation Scheme, The Adecco Group and Sonic Automotive.
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