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IT staffing firm Frank Recruitment Group to open sixth U.S. office in Tampa

TAMPA — A niche IT staffing firm launched in a university town in northern England next month will open its sixth U.S. office in Tampa with 100 sales consultant jobs, local economic development officials announced today.

An executive with the Frank Recruitment Group said two factors made coming to Tampa a "no brainer": a fast-growing pool of technology labor — Tampa's tech workforce grew by 55 percent from 2011 to 2016 — and a blooming millennial population looking for careers.

"The fight for the best tech talent is absolutely putting Tampa on the map because it ranks very well in terms of quality of life and is famously pro-business," Frank Recruitment Group President of Americas Sunny Ackerman said in a statement released through the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.

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Founded in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2007, the Frank Recruitment Group already has two offices in New York, one each in San Francisco, Dallas and Philadelphia, and five more spread across Europe, Asia and Australia. The company has more than 1,400 employees worldwide and seven brands that each focus on a specific technology product.

The company plans to open its office on June 4 in the BMO Harris Plaza at 501 E Kennedy Blvd. There, it will recruit staff to work in NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics and Cloud.

"The Tampa Bay region's economic competitiveness relies on our ability to keep attracting and retaining highly skilled talent," EDC chairman and Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Dr. Alan F. List said in announcing the news. "With Frank Recruitment Group's arrival, we will have another formidable ally in helping our employers find the people they need to build high performance teams."

There were no state or local incentives provided to Frank Recruitment, but the EDC has helped the company make local contacts for expedited permitting and workforce training grants.

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