Seaham gets a jobs boost thanks to a company's record results

A recruitment specialist is looking to add to its own workforce after posting record results despite the pandemic.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 12:32 pm

Theo James Recruitment, based at Spectrum Business Park in Seaham was set up six years ago but when Covid-19 struck, company directors were concerned about the challenges facing them.

The company places staff into the manufacturing and engineering sector. Thankfully many of their regular clients were classed as key workers by the Government so were able to continue to trade during the pandemic.

Managing Director Mark Bracknell said the firm is looking to recruit five new staff to help with the increase in workload.

Mark Bracknell, Managing Director at Theo James Recruitment.

He said: “We have enjoyed six years of continued growth in the business, both with headcount and turnover.

“The last 12 months were by far our most challenging yet. However, we are fortunate to work with a number of manufacturers who were busy during Covid-19.

“The first few days of lockdown were obviously slightly worrying times like all businesses. But thankfully Government schemes and in particular key worker status for our clients let us breathe again quite quickly.

“Our clients included a number of manufacturers who were classed as keyworkers such as food, pharmaceutical and medical industries, but then we saw dips in sectors linked with aerospace and automotive.

“We had to be versatile and agile, and we are delighted with the way we have come through what has been a difficult situation for everyone.”

Theo James placed 39 permanent staff into Peterlee-based Alexander Technologies, and several other partners are turning to Theo James for new recruits.

Mark added: “We are busier than ever. We have just had a record quarter and are on a massive internal recruitment drive. We are actually doubling down on our career path opportunities.

“We are currently looking for at least five recruitment consultants with or without experience to join our Seaham office. Around 80 per cent of our senior staff came to us with no recruitment experience, so it’s an excellent opportunity for someone wanting a career in the industry.

“We have some very exciting and aggressive growth plans over the next five years and we can offer a real road map to senior management positions.”

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