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Our Ethos

Our values of being supportive, honest and dependable have always been at the core of our business. These are the foundations that our agency was built on.

With over 50 years of combined experience in the team, here at Portman Recruitment, we do things differently. We want our candidates and social workers to feel they can talk to us about anything, and therefore we hold regular catch ups with dedicated consultants who ensure job satisfaction, and we’re always available for out of hours calls should any issues arise. We don’t see our candidates as numbers on a spreadsheet, but as an integral part of our business. Therefore, we go the extra mile to make the lives of our contract workers easier, because we know that they already have enough to deal with.

We value our contract workers, and believe that they should be given the same level of care that they provide the people they support. We have an open policy and a relatively flat hierarchy. Everyone is treated the same and there are no ego-driven decisions based on commissions here. Our candidates have a say on where they are placed and we provide genuine and honest advice about all aspects of contract-based social work. We’re a team, and we want our candidates to feel a part of it too.

This is our ethos, and our commitment to you, should you decide to join us.

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.


What Makes
Us Different?

  • From our onsite visits and regular catch ups to our out of hours calls, we are always there for our social work professionals.
  • A reliable and efficient payroll, with an optional inhouse PAYE scheme that ensures our workers are never left out of pocket.
  • We want our candidates to feel happy in their roles and we do our utmost to provide the support and care that the industry lacks in relation to its workers. We understand the frustrations that come with the hard sales approach or bad advice that leads to unsuitable roles and we do our best to avoid such issues.
  • We are passionate about providing a level of service that goes beyond the expectations of everyone involved – whether they’re a client, candidate or those that are benefiting from your care.

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.


Meet the team

We match the right people with their ideal work placements, every time.

At Portman Recruitment, we truly believe that the strength of our team rests on the fact that it’s made up of professionals who are as passionate about the social work industry as they are dedicated to the workers they assist on a regular basis.

Whether we’re conducting onsite visits, hosting regular catch ups, offering social work careers advice for those exciting next steps or helping our workers with any concerns, our team treats every social worker as an equal, because at Portman, they are.

Our team works tirelessly to place candidates in the social work jobs that are right for them, putting their needs and happiness ahead of our own. Luckily, we love what we do, and considering our testimonials, we know that our social workers do too.

  • Michael Atkinson

    Recruitment Resourcer

    Michael Atkinson

    Recruitment Resourcer

  • Yetty Fajembola

    Recruitment Consultant

    Yetty Fajembola

    Recruitment Consultant

  • Supicha Fairhurst

    Compliance and Resource Manager

    Supicha Fairhurst

    Compliance and Resource Manager

  • Chloe Riley

    Business Support

    Chloe Riley

    Business Support

  • Georgia Rice

    Recruitment Consultant

    Georgia Rice

    Recruitment Consultant

  • Adam Whitehead

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Adam Whitehead

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

  • Paul Slater

    Recruitment Director

    Paul Slater

    Recruitment Director

Areas we cover

We have roles all over the map.

We are fortunate enough to work with a variety of councils, businesses and individual clients across the UK, who trust us to provide them with the highest calibre of social work specialists out there.

Therefore, if you’re looking to work within children or adult services, then no matter your location, the perfect new role is just waiting for you.

With senior positions also available, we take the time to get to know you, your skillset and ultimately what you want out of your career. Your role is what you make of it, and with our support, together, we’ll make it wonderful.


Our social workers aren’t just employees, they’re family. 

We all know how stressful being a social worker can be, and that sometimes, the long hours, busy schedules, hectic caseloads and constant paperwork can take its toll on even the most organised and well-trained of team members. Though some recruitment agencies would shrug this off or just tell you that it’s what you signed up for, we would never want our workers feeling this way. We’re always there to help, because honestly, we can’t expect you to be supportive, if you aren’t being supported yourselves.

With frequent catch ups to determine job satisfaction and out of hours support should you need it, we ensure that whatever your query, question, issue or uncertainty, that we help in any way that we can.


  • Matches candidates with their ideal roles.
  • Provides honest, open and transparent advice.
  • Lets candidates have a say on where they’re placed.
  • Pays workers on time, every payday.
  • Provides every candidate with a dedicated consultant.
  • There for you, no matter what.
  • Often put commissions ahead of finding suitable placements.
  • Can offer bad advice without considering the consequences.
  • Often use the hard sales approach to harass workers.
  • Often don’t understand the daily challenges social workers face.
  • Usually aren’t there when their workers need them the most.