After creating over 110 jobs in Newcastle during 2014, recruitment firm Nigel Frank International is launching another major employment drive in the city.
The company, which is on target to turn over £60m this year, intends to take on 150 more graduates in the North East during the next 18 months, with the same number joining its New York office.
Successful candidates will be put through intensive sales training courses to equip them with the knowledge and skills essential for recruiting top class professionals on behalf of global businesses looking for niche Microsoft technology experts.
Chief executive Sean Wadsworth said: “When it comes to taking on graduates in the North East, we’re fortunate in that we have around 90,000 students within around a 10-mile radius.
“There are particularly strong language skills at Durham and Newcastle too, which is good for us as we cover the whole of Europe from Newcastle.
“These are sales roles, so we’d expect to be looking at those from management, marketing and business studies backgrounds, but we’ll be taking graduates from all disciplines.”
Mr Wadsworth added that the firm was looking for “driven individuals” who could reap major rewards for their contribution to the firm’s revenues.
“In Newcastle, there will be a basic salary of up to £20,000, with commission maybe reaching £50,000 to £60,000,” he said. “The top performers, though, can earn six figures.”
Mr Wadsworth - whose middle name is Frank - founded the business alongside Nigel O’Donoghue in 2006.
From the start, the entrepreneurs wanted to focus on a niche market in which they could become global leaders and turned their efforts to recruiting those working with Microsoft Dynamics business software.
In a relatively short time, the business has flourished and now employs 450 staff, spread among its global headquarters in Newcastle and offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Australia.
One reason for the company’s impressive growth, Mr Wadsworth said, lies in its policy of structured training, uncapped commission and rewarding the best performers with management positions and global relocation opportunities.
“It is in the DNA of this business to create opportunities,” he said. “If someone wants to progress, we will support them, rather than bringing in someone from the outside.
“That encourages people to stay and if we retain people we will probably fare better.”
“One of the things I am proudest of is that, eight years on from opening our doors, we’re employing over 200 people in Newcastle and paying out £7m in wages.”
The firm’s New York office recently saw it being voted best company to work for in the city, while the San Francisco office was listed among the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards.