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Jobs boost for region as North-East organisation announces further growth
Steve Heywood, media manager
Around 300 new staff are being sought in the region by one of the UK’s largest housing organisations.
Home Group are looking for staff to support its expansion into new and existing areas in the North-East, and is part of the national housing association’s recruitment drive which totals almost 500 across England and Scotland.
Areas in which staff are required include healthcare, housing support, maintenance, IT and customer service.
The north-east based organisation are looking for close to 150 people to support the growth of its healthcare and supported living provision in the region.
It is investing heavily in-order to help tackle the growing number of people who need support with mental health issues, following in particular the impact of Covid.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last year showed that the North East has the highest suicide rate in England and saw a rise of 11% in 2020 during the pandemic.
Home Group, which moves into a new head office in Newcastle City Centre this autumn, owns or manages 55,000 properties across England and Scotland and has close to 120,000 customers - around 12,000 of which have mental and physical health issues.
The new workforce would complement the 3,000 colleagues currently working across the organisation.
Susan Fulton, Director of People at Home Group, said: “We have grown our colleague base substantially over the past decade. This recruitment drive is one of the biggest to date as we look to support our existing customers, new customers, as well as grow new parts of the business and make ourselves more sustainable in the process.”
Home Group’s reputation as a leading employer has grown significantly over the past several years.
In the past three years it has made it into the top ten Best Places to Work in the UK. Last year it was placed 7th in the UK and the highest placed north-east organisation, as well as top housing association in the country. They were also placed 4th in the UK for Best Workplaces for Women.
For two of the past three years Home Group has also been ranked in the top 20 of the Stonewall top 100 employers index, an annual audit of LGBT+ inclusion by employers across workplaces, services and communities.
They are also platinum Investors In People accredited, as well as a Living Wage Foundation provider.
For more information about all the current roles visit Home Group Careers.