18 January 2021

Global technology and digital recruitment specialist Talent has launched a new specialist practice dedicated to servicing Microsoft End Users and Partners across the globe. The new Microsoft practice will replace Hunter Charles, which had been Talent’s dedicated brand for Microsoft recruitment for the past seven years.

To lead the growth of this new practice, Talent has appointed Zak Sheikh, former Global Head of Microsoft Practice at Next Ventures, to the role of Sales Director.

Zak has spent the past 15 years developing a deep understanding of the Microsoft Solutions sector, and has built trusted, long-lasting relationships within the Microsoft community. His appointment is part of Talent’s plans to build on the success of its previous Microsoft recruitment brand, Hunter Charles, and its continued growth in the EMEA region.

Zak said: “Leading the Talent Microsoft Resourcing brand is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me; the team I met throughout the process shows drive and determination to make this practice a world leader in Microsoft talent solutions.

Talent is a brand you can’t ignore, and one that is truly committed to redefining the world of recruitment. My ambition aligns with theirs, and I’m looking forward to developing Talent’s Microsoft offering, growing our presence over the next three years to take the practice to the global stage.”

Darren Wells, Talent’s EMEA Chief Executive Officer, said: “Despite all the challenges and uncertainties of this year, now’s a really exciting time for the technology and digital sector in the UK and beyond. Talent remains at the forefront of innovation as we look to redefine recruitment with our Microsoft talent solutions, and I look forward to working with Zak to help support the success and growth of the practice.”

Talent are one of a few providers trusted to recruit directly for Microsoft worldwide and after recently reporting a record financial year, Talent has again been named in the Top 500 Private Companies, moving from 87 to 81 on this year’s list. Talent was also ranked 30 (up from 36 last year) in the top 50 best private enterprises to return on shareholder funds after tax.

Talent reported a group turnover of $726 million for FY20, and a year-on-year growth of 14%.