Newcastle digital agency TH_NK has started a major recruitment drive that aims to quadruple its headcount in the city.
The digital transformation company, which was acquired by global tech company EPAM in 2018, is looking to scale-up its operations and increase its headcount from 26 members of staff to 100.
The majority of the growth will be in the firm’s engineering team, with the company looking to hire DevOps, and front-end technology React and Java script specialists.
When TH_NK was acquired by EPAM two years ago it joined a company with more than 50 offices around the world and around 40,000 members of staff.
The deal has allowed EPAM to invest in TH_NK as part of its diversified talent strategy.
Tarek Nseir, EPAM’s European head of digital engagement and founder of TH_NK, said that the acquisition has allowed the company to grow in a way that would have been incredibly difficult for it to do on its own.
He said: “It’s exciting, Newcastle was a huge part of TH_NK’s journey. Then the market shifted and we ended up having more of our people in London than Newcastle, much to our discontent.”
Mr Nseir added: “We want to build around cities, where we have links with universities and talent. In an amazing turn of events we are rebuilding our ambition in a big way for Newcastle. Our ambition is to grow to 100 people in the next year.”
TH_NK plans to hire the majority of its new staff from the region’s universities, and is hoping to develop its graduate recruits throughout their careers.
The company is also looking to grow the office by relocating some of EPAM’s staff to Newcastle and has already found 10 members of staff that will soon be moving to the North East.
“We have been marketing Newcastle as a destination city to the 40,000 EPAM employees,” says Mr Nseir.
The company – which was founded in 2004 and has offices at the 55 Degrees North complex overlooking the Tyne Bridge – works with clients which include Nandos, Adecco and Vue cinemas.
It is now looking to work with the region’s universities, starting with Newcastle, to nurture tech talent.