Portman

Social Work & Care Sector Recruitment Agency
Welcome to Portman Recruitment
Social Work Recruitment Agency

An independent recruitment consultancy that specialises in the provision of employment services in the social work and care sectors. 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 that the recruitment industry has a poor reputation in the social work sector, 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 lets them know that they’re making a difference.

Therefore, from the moment you join up with us, from interviews, to start dates and beyond, we ensure a smooth process. We place your needs above all else.  We want you to enjoy your social work job and your contract through Portman, to feel that you are making a difference to those you support on a daily basis, knowing that we are right behind you with the support you need from your agency. 

Our Mission

To support social workers throughout their careers by matching them to the right job

Personal Touch

You’re not just another name on a spreadsheet, you’re a person that has goals, wants and demands.
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From the moment care workers walk through the doors at our Manchester-based office, they can see Portman Recruitment do things radically different ...

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’.

From the moment care workers walk through the doors at our Manchester-based office, they can see Portman Recruitment do things radically different ...

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’.

Our Mission

” We want to make the lives of our contract workers as simple and secure as possible “

We believe that, in the social work sector, there is a severe lack of support for ‘agency’ social workers. We want the people that work through Portman to feel they are part of a team that listens to them, assigns them to roles they know they will enjoy, and when a contract ends, will trust us to find them another equally good 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 standard of service levels we deliver, and the overall level of support that we pride ourselves in giving to those that work through us.

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 the 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.

We have built up strong relationships with and are widely used by a range of councils and private companies across the UK, providing them with the highest quality and talented 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 we offer entails.

The professionals registered with Portman have extensive experience within both children and adults services. We thoroughly 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 but unlisted.

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.

Start here, view details of our primary councils in Greater Manchester and the areas close by and also explore other councils, that will be nearer to you if you are based outside the North West. 

We take pride in our talented professional recruitment team. They always 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, Yetty and Michael, we encourage you to discover more about our wonderful team.

Our team have all been specially selected for their talents. Each one has extensive experience in agency work and helping to secure good jobs for agency workers. They also have lots of other, complimentary, experience which gives them a very broad base of knowledge with which to help and assist our agency workers.  So, whoever you speak to or whoever becomes your dedicated consultant, you can rest easy knowing they are all equally as talented and as passionate about helping you as you are in your own specialist area.

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!

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