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Diamond Group named primary recruiter for public sector in Northern Ireland

Tina McKenzie, managing director of Diamond Recruitment Group

THE north's largest recruitment company the Diamond Group has been named one of the primary employment agencies for all public sector recruitment between now and 2020.

The Department of Finance's collaborative framework for agency workers will allow public sector bodies – including all government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies – to avail of a single framework for recruitment needs, providing greater efficiency and cost savings across the public sector.

The department joins some of Northern Ireland's largest employers on Diamond's exclusive client list including Moy Park, Danske Bank and Almac.

This new business follows a significant year for Diamond (www.diamondrg.com), with increased client demand leading to the opening of two new branch locations in Coleraine and Derry and the creation of 20 new jobs.

Diamond chief executive Tina McKenzie said: “We're looking forward to working closely with all public sector bodies on the Department of Finance's collaborative framework for agency workers to meet their employment needs over the next four years.

"Recruitment agencies provide an important service to the local economy, helping employers meet operational demands efficiently whilst providing flexible employment opportunities within the local labour market.

"With the new collaborative framework, we are also pleased to see the inclusion of a strong social clause, emphasising the role recruitment agencies have in providing training and job opportunities for young people and the unemployed."

She added: "Following a year of significant investment in Northern Ireland, we're looking forward to partnering with our sister company PeoplePlus NI to develop training academies which will connect local people with training opportunities that will prepare them for work in the public sector.”

Tina McKenzie is managing director of Staffline Ireland – a group of three companies including Diamond Recruitment Group, PeoplePlus NI and Staffline Recruitment – directly employing more than 200 people with a £60 million turnover.

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