Connells Group is to go on a hiring spree, with plans to take on 250 new employees over the next few months.
The company is looking to fill positions across its 600 strong estate agency branch network as it plans for further growth and to increase market share.
The business is appealing to agents across the country to get in touch if they want a career change.
David Plumtree, Connells Group estate agency chief executive, said: “We’re proud to be the number one estate agent in the UK, selling more houses than any other estate agency group, and have a fierce ambition for even bigger and better things. This significant investment in people forms a key part of our plan to further increase our market share, plus affirms our commitment to our high street branch operation.
“It is clear to us that those agents who skilfully combine traditional agency, allied with great branch staff with local knowledge and who are supported by smart tech, are those who are thriving.
“Recent years have shown that vendors see no value in using online only agents, and those agents who have closed branches in favour of a hub strategy have lost market share in so doing.”
There are currently around 7,000 people working for Connells Group, but there is clearly room for growth.
Connells is seeking to acquire Countrywide, which currently has more than 700 branches.
Connells yesterday reconfirmed its possible cash offer at 250 pence per share for Countrywide plc after completion of due diligence.
Plumtree continued: “For us at Connells Group it is all about our people. Many firms push the message that their people are their greatest asset yet don’t back up those words when the going gets tough.”
He added: “I am delighted that we are able to create new jobs at a time of uncertainty in the jobs market. Naturally, we’re looking for the best people in the industry to join our success story and enjoy a long and prosperous career with us.”