Connells to go on hiring spree as it gets set to grow headcount by 250 new staff

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.”

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  1. Bless You

    Connels seem to have poor innovation, take poor photos and hardly do any marketing in our area.

    Think the success must come from funneling their remortgage customers into valuations.


  2. Ground Control

    Great to see someone still realises this industry is about ‘people’ with skills and the intelligence and resilience to deal with the everchanging challenges of market conditions and the ever-increasing demands of the emotions of buyers and sellers…that’s what makes it interesting and challenging every day!

  3. majortom1

    You have to hand it to the PR on this one.7000 people-250 vacancies-of course there is. What’s the turnover rate of staff at any large estate agnecy-20% at least. Good one .

    1. david plumtree

      Thanks for your on-going interest in ‘all things Connells’ MajorTim, but your suspicions are without foundation.  There are 250 NEW roles being created – nothing to do with filling vacancies.   We’ve already had huge interest from talented agents who like what we’re doing and want to join a successful business that sees a very bright future in high street estate agency.

  4. majortom1

    That’s good to hear- . I like to keep me ear to the ground on what everyone is up to both good and bad.

  5. chinachin

    Very creative, a real quality idea!


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