Credit firm set to bring 600 jobs to Birmingham

REDDITICH-based credit management firm, Sigma Financial Group is set to bring 600 new jobs to Birmingham to support its ongoing expansion.

The company, which was acquired by a South African business in a major undisclosed deal in January, has teamed up with Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) to recruit the roles over the next 12 months.

Sigma opened a second office and contact centre in the nearby Mclaren Building on Priory Queensway earlier in the year, which is now ready for recruitment.
A talent academy coordinated by BMet  with Birmingham City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will prepare local  candidates for administration and contact centre vacancies within the firm.
Sigma offers ‘white label’ customer contact centre facilities to clients across the utilities, retail, financial services and telecommunications sectors.

Mike Harfield, managing director of Sigma, said: “We’re excited that our plans for growth are taking place in a city that continues to lead the way in business and professional services.

“Working with the city council and BMet, we hope to establish a team of over 600 people in the city by the end of 2016.

“We’re confident that our recruitment strategy developed with the support of Birmingham City Council and BMet will help us identify new talent while providing fulfilling career opportunities to many individuals.”

Andrew Cleaves, Principal at BMet, said the college was pleased to be helping with the recruitment.

“We have developed a targeted programme to help local jobseekers improve their vocational and employability skills. It will also prepare them for Sigma’s application process and an employee induction,” he said.

BMet’s recent recruitment programmes have supported the workforce needs of organisations as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar and West Midlands Safari Park.