Why we’re different

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.

Our Process

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.

What we do

We match clients with true professionals.

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 meet with potential candidates to discuss their current experience, the locations they’d be willing to travel to and the team that they’d like to work in.
  • A dedicated consultant describes roles that meet the candidates’ requirements in-depth, as well as the rate of pay.
  • If a potential role appeals to a candidate, their CV is sent to the hiring manager, and if successful, an interview is arranged. An outcome is typically given to the candidate within 48 hours.
  • If they get the job, a start date is agreed, a booking is created and we provide them with a welcome pack. This details the assignment, the payroll process and deadlines, as well as who to contact should they experience any issues.
  • A dedicated consultant will check in with the social worker on a regular basis to ensure job satisfaction and discuss their hours.

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.

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