An independent recruitment consultancy that specialises in the provision of employment services in the social work sector. Working with qualified professionals, we continuously and successfully match candidates with their ideal work placements around the UK and then deliver a superb employment service to all concerned. This involves onsite visits and regular catch-ups, as well as out of hours support. We do our utmost to make our workers feel a part of our team so that they put their all into every assignment they choose, and ultimately, are given.
We’re well aware of the bad reputation the social work recruitment industry holds, and we’re determined to be the exception to this. We don’t force our candidates into roles we know aren’t good for them just for the commission. We don’t withhold pay because we’re inefficient or use an inept payroll system. We don’t offer bad advice just because we think it’s what you want to hear. We truly want to help you develop into the best social worker you can be, and to us, that involves treating you in the best possible way. We support our candidates within the roles of their choice, ensuring that they’re always paid on time, given beneficial career guidance and that they’re always in a role that makes them feel like they’re making a difference.
Therefore, from the moment you join up with us, to interviews, start dates and beyond, we ensure a smooth process. We place your needs above all else and take it upon ourselves to provide a safe working environment. We want you to enjoy your social work job and feel that you are making a difference to those you support on a daily basis. We want to feel that way too.
We want to make the lives of our contract workers as simple and secure as possible. We believe that, in the social work industry, there is a severe lack of support for those who deliver at the sharp end. We want our candidates to feel they are part of a team that listens to them, assigns them to roles they know they will love, and when a contract ends, will trust us to find them another placement.
Therefore, our mission is simple: To match candidates and clients based on shared needs; to support our social workers throughout their social work careers, with catch-ups and regular visits; to always pay wages on time and in full, either through our own in-house PAYE scheme or a suitable umbrella company.
The positive feedback we receive from our contract workers time and time again is a true testament to the high standards at which we deliver, and the level of support that we are only too happy to give.
From the moment care workers walk through our doors at our Manchester-based office they can see that we do things radically different here at Portman Recruitment. As an employment agency, our whole mission is about looking beyond the title of ‘social worker’ to find out what the person behind wants and needs from a new role. You’re not just another name on a spreadsheet, you’re a person that has goals, wants and demands. Throughout the application process, we’ll always keep you in mind and ensure you’re happy.
We were founded on the ethos of going ‘Above and Beyond’. What does this mean? It means that we’ll always go the extra mile for our social workers, from being a phone call away, offering high-quality advice and helping calm nerves before an interview – we’ll do it all. Despite our high volume of interest, you can rest assured knowing that, when you’re working with Portman Recruitment, you’ll always receive the personal touch.
We don’t have one fixed process, each social worker that we meet is different therefore the way we treat them and their application is going to be different. The way we help you will depend on your experience, wants and strengths. Some candidates will be looking for a new challenge, something to broaden their level of experience. Other, more experienced, social workers with many years experience may want something that they’re familiar with that provides them with the work-life balance that they are used to. There is no one size fits all model in social work recruitment.
After an initial consultation with you, that digs deep to find out what sort of agency work you’re after, we’ll go out and speak to a local authority that we think is best for you. Once that has been agreed, we’ll prep you for your interview to ensure you look and sound like the ideal candidate! And when you secure your new dream role (which we think you’ll do with ease!) we’ll be there to support you and resolve any issues you may have in your new social work role. This leads us on to another thing, if you ever have any issues please get in touch with your dedicated consultant, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the full time or part-time role, we want to hear from you so that we can offer regular supervision and advice to ensure the problem doesn’t happen again or doesn’t manifest into something bigger.
Whether you’re a social worker or service user, we always strive to provide you with a level of care that exceeds your expectations, every time. At our social work agency, we match clients with true professionals, who have the capability to uplift, help and cater to the needs of those they support.
How We Help Our Candidates Find Roles:
We can also help our candidates through the promotion process, from standard social worker all the way up to team managers. We love seeing our candidates succeed in the industry they’ve always wanted to work in.
How We Help Our Clients:
We pride ourselves on our quick, efficient and highly successful solution to hiring problems within the social work industry. We only provide high calibre fully-vetted professionally qualified individuals who pass our strict compliance checks, which include multiple references, a DBS check and full, verified HCPC and CCW registrations. Because we treat our contract social workers properly, we’ve found that they enjoy their roles so much better, and are therefore the most dependable, hard-working and supportive candidates you’ll find out there.
Fantastic agency. Brilliant consultants who make regular contact. Highly recommend the service.
Brilliant service, great consultants who are always happy to help. Best agency I have come across.
Can’t say enough positive things about Portman Recruitment! Well looked after, listened to and supported. Go above and beyond to find the right role for you.
I honestly can’t fault Portman. Adam replies pretty much instantly and I think if Adam wasn’t there, I could call the Portman office and anyone would speak to me. It’s good to know that he’s there if I need anything. He’s been a fantastic support.
The staff at Portman do their best for their workers. Reliable and trustworthy - excellent compliance - they don’t rush you into jobs that aren’t suitable just to make a buck like some other recruitment companies, but really take their time to get to know you and your skills and match you with good employers. Highly recommend.
Very promising start with Portman, they got me a job to suit my very specific needs pretty much instantly and have been great to work with so far as they take care of everything for you. Would definitely recommend them.
Brilliant agency to work for. Really work hard to get the best for you, really personable approach. Highly recommend.
We take pride in our talented professionals, who do their utmost to provide the high level of support that we feel all of our workers not only require, but deserve. From Adam and Paul to Supicha, Georgia and Chloe, we encourage you to discover more about our wonderful team.
Our team is specially selected for their talents and each one has experience in agency work and helping secure jobs for social workers. So, whoever you speak to or whoever becomes your dedicated consultant, you can rest easy knowing they are all equally as talented and passionate about helping you.
Having previously worked as a social worker Chrissy, with the help of the team at Portman Recruitment, recently gained a well-deserved promotion to a team manager at her local authority!
“Portman always keeps me up to date with any changes, they make regular contact to ensure things are going well in my role. If I encounter any issues the team are great at resolving things quickly. The consultants are very knowledgeable, approachable and professional.” Chrissy said when asked how the team have helped them.
We’re so happy to see Chrissy get this promotion, grow her management experience and are glad that we were able to play a part in her career progression! And the best thing? Chrissy is just one of many people that we help get promotions at their local authority. Who knows, the next one could be you!
Compliance and Resource Manager
Compliance and Resource Manager
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Senior Recruitment Consultant
We have built up strong relationships with, and are widely used by, a range of councils, private companies and individual clients across the UK, providing them with the highest quality of social work professionals. Our expertise within this industry not only ensures the best match between client and candidate but gives us the best possible understanding of the requirements and challenges that each role will entail.
Staff registered with Portman Recruitment have experience within both children and adults services. We extensively vet all clients and candidates to ensure the quality, safety and welfare of everyone involved.
We’ve always got exciting new job roles coming into our offices. These roles are varied and have competitive pay rates meaning they are perfect for all sorts of social workers. Whether you’re looking for career progression or want to build on previous experience we have a fantastic opportunity for you!
For a full list of our latest jobs be sure to visit our dedicated page. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, don’t worry! Simply, get in touch with our team here at Portman Recruitment, who will be able to assist you and talk through some other roles that might be available.
Although we are based in the great city of Manchester, we work with councils up and down the UK so if you’re not based in the North West that is no problem, we’re sure to have a new role for you somewhere more local to you.
Just Some Of The Councils We Work With
Here at Portman Recruitment, we are passionate about finding the best and brightest social workers and placing them in roles where they can make a real difference in their local authority. Seeing that happen and knowing that the most vulnerable are being given the best possible care is incredible. Despite these difficult times that we are currently living through we still believe that their talent is out there, eager to help. That’s why we have set up a fantastic referral scheme where you could earn £500 if the person you referred is successfully placed in a role! So, if you think you know a person in the industry that would be a perfect applicant, get in touch with our team.
You can learn more about your rights as an agency worker here. We also have an open-door policy, and we welcome discussion of any topic that you feel we need to address.
Should a worker want us to work with an umbrella company that is new to us, we will only do so should they pass our strict compliance vetting process.
We have roles across the UK, in areas such as Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire, so we encourage you to check them all out. You’re sure to find something that interests you.
Before signing up with us, we will need to go through and check, the following documentation:
We will also need reference details covering the last 5 years to ensure suitability for the roles we offer.
Our consultants are always happy to help, offering support and guidance wherever possible.
We only want the best for our social workers, but we want the best for those that they support too.
We have built up great relationships with over 45 councils up and down the UK because we provide them with the best social workers out there. These councils include:
Derby City Council.
Hull City Council.
Liverpool City Council.
Manchester City Council.
Warrington Borough Council.
For more information on the councils we work with, please click here.
There’s no such thing as the perfect applicant because every role we offer requires a different skillset, level of experience and personality type. For example, to become a Senior Practitioner, Service Manager or Team Manager, you would need to have extensive experience and team leadership qualities that would not be required in roles such as an NQSW or a QSW – Level 2. There are no perfect applicants, just applicants that are perfect for certain roles.