Global recruitment consultancy Robert Walters Group announced the launch of Walters People in Birmingham today.

With a European presence lasting 15 years, the expansion into the West Midlands marks the growth of Walters People into a national brand after launching just 6 months ago in London. The brand now has a presence in London, Milton Keynes, North West and the West Midlands.

Walters People Birmingham will serve the West Midlands region and will initially focus on contract and permanent recruitment in accounting and finance, marketing, HR and business support fields.

The launch comes off the back of what has been a positive half year for the contract and interim job market, last year contract and interim job vacancies grew by 72% in Birmingham – over three times the growth seen in the capital London (19%) and Manchester (29%). Notable growth areas in the regions were for interim roles in secretarial and business support (+49%), and HR (+85%).

In fact, a recent survey by Walters People found that over a third of professionals in Birmingham (38%) would be open to switching to a contract, interim or temporary position – citing higher hourly pay (31%), more flexibility (27%), and exposure to new skills (22%) as the main drivers.

Director of Walters People Birmingham, Habiba Khatoon comments:

“Contracting has always been a popular solution for a number of organisations in the West Midlands – from large multinationals to small start-ups.

“Contracting really is a different field of expertise and in order to provide an excellent quality of service we need to have a team of dedicated specialists who know how this market operates. This is why now is the right time for us to launch Walters People in Birmingham.”

Walters People will also be recruiting for contract and permanent positions in areas of Business Support – namely Personal and Executive Assistant, Office Management, Administration, HR, Marketing Exec & Assistants, Admin, and Sales Support.

Habiba adds: “The business support field has really turned a corner as of late and we are now seeing local businesses invest from the ground-up.”

According to Walters People insight, job vacancies in the West Midlands increased last year by 47% in junior marketing and HR positions, and by 19% in secretarial and support positions.

Walters People Birmingham will continue to build on the market leading reputation for recruitment within the accounting and finance field. In 2019, job vacancies increased by 35% in the accounting and finance sector when compared to the same period in 2018.

Habiba comments: “The West Midlands has some of the best accounting and finance professionals in Europe, and through our connection with the Robert Walters Group our database of talent in this area is unrivalled.

“Our speed of service, quality assurance, market leading skills testing, and digital innovation - with the use of video CV’s, are our key pillars and clear differentiators.

“We’re in a great position to be able to support our clients in this fast-moving market, and we’re passionate about building strong relationships with skilled professionals and match these people in the right-fit roles.”

Walters People employs 400 people and is present in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain. For more information visit the Walters People website.

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