‘New boys on the block’ celebrate first anniversary
Finance recruiter Marks Sattin is celebrating its first anniversary in Birmingham – as the ‘new boys on the block’ helping to fill dozens of key vacancies across the West Midlands.
The Newhall Street recruitment specialists launched in Birmingham on September 21 2015 – and say they have already cornered a niche in a market with vast career opportunities for accountants and finance professionals.
The branch has already doubled in size from a three-man team to six, placing nearly 100 individuals into new roles in less than a year and is targeting further growth in line with the huge investments in the region by the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Airport and HSBC.
David Birch, who heads up the office, said: “The sheer level of investment in the region is a major driver for us – the economy is booming and we are expanding to respond to that demand.
“The Midlands is a very volatile market with significant churn, people are regularly moving on for more money and more opportunities.
“The difficulty is that there are not enough candidates for the market. Our job is to go out there and find the right people. In one year, we have experienced considerable growth. It is a very competitive market – there are four finance recruiters within 100 yards of our office in Birmingham – but we have a great team and have hired dedicated specialists, we are the new boys on the block and have made everybody else sit up and take notice.”
David described the recruitment market for finance professionals as ‘very busy.’ “The demand is high across Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire with investment from the likes of JLR, HS2, HSBC, Birmingham Airport. Growing businesses need finance people.”
Consultant Christian Long said: “We cover both the East and West Midlands but we have been so busy with Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire that we have yet to tap into the East Midlands. It has been hard work to set up in a new market – but the lessons we have learnt have been invaluable. Our focus from day one has been on offering a quality service.”
The firm plans to grow its staff to 10 specialist consultants by the last quarter of 2017. Kuran Jandu, manager – professional services, said: “Since opening the team has gone from strength to strength and this success is a clear testament to the support of managing director Matthew Wilcox and the resources provided by the wider infrastructure of an established business.”
Marks Sattin’s Birmingham office is the fifth regional base for the group, whose headquarters are in London. The group has a 28-year history in the UK.