A message from Robin Kirkland, Chairman of Portsoken Ltd

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website and I’d just like to take a couple of minutes to explain what our firm is about. Nearly 20 years ago, one of my fellow Directors, Andrew Prescott, and I, started a Company called Dallas Kirkland (Professions) Ltd with the sole aim of providing insurance solutions to the recruitment and associated sectors. Very quickly we became the most respected and largest insurance facility in the marketplace and worked closely with both industry associations, such as the REC and APSCO, and recruitment firms generally to ensure that the insurance challenges faced by the industry were being dealt with in a cohesive and constructive way. We were involved in renegotiating a number of National non-standard contracts of behalf of the sector generally resulting in outcomes that were welcomed both by the recruitment industry and their own clients. Indeed our reputation in our chosen field was held in such esteem that numerous other brokers used our ‘in house’ expertise and insurance facilities to arrange cover for their own clients.

There are now a great number of individuals working for insurance businesses professing to offer similar bespoke services, many of whom actually worked for Andrew and I at one time or another, yet I’ve seen no real evidence that there is a real commitment to recognise, understand and address the changing issues facing the industry generally. The myriad of ways that temporary staff are now engaged, whether it be through an umbrella or payroll company, zero hour contract or PAYE Ltd company has meant that the contractual issues between an agency, the worker and their client have developed into a minefield. The tax savings made on one hand may be more than unbalanced by the liability exposure and increased premium implications on the other. It is therefore vitally important that you deal with someone like us who really understand the various relationships and the implications arising .

We don’t profess to always be the cheapest but we’re certainly looking to bring ‘expertise’ and ‘service’ back into such an important area of industry that are entitled to demand more from their suppliers.

We look forward to being of help to you.

Robin H C Kirkland