Digital recruitment agency Digital Gurus has opened an office in Manchester and aims to “tangibly address the North’s tech skills shortage”.

The office, Digital Gurus’ first in the North of England, has a staff of 10 and is expected to employ 20 by Christmas.

It also has offices in London, Dubai and Sydney.

“Today we are the only company in the North that can deliver the recruitment needs in every single digital and IT role – from the nuts and bolts of the server room through to the front page of their websites thanks to our access to the 283,500 digitally skilled workers based in the region,” said agency boss Toni Phoenix.

"Manchester is without a doubt the best location for us to do this: it is the UK’s largest tech cluster with productivity and digital job creation in the North growing ten times at the rate of other industries.

“Yet in spite of this, the region hasn’t got a dedicated recruitment team committed to this sector. It’s our mission to resolve this.”

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Digital Gurus, founded in 2008, has been park part of global recruitment firm Rethink Group since April.

Phoenix added: “Heightening digital awareness is key for us as it is a continually recurring issue.

“This summer the Government issued a report calling for 745,000 new digitally skilled workers in the UK by 2020.

“We will tangibly assist UK business leaders as they address this. Primarily that means attracting digitally skilled workers to businesses in the North, keeping them ahead of the tech curve.”