Helping a couple move from South Africa to the UK

Moving across the world is not a transition for the faint-hearted. We caught up with a couple from South Africa who took the leap last year to find out more about their move, and how SRM Recruitment was able to ensure the move from South Africa to the UK was a smooth one.

Emma and Ryan Sclanders found help from SRM Recruitment with their move from South Africa to the UK

“There were a number of things that drew us to move from South Africa to the UK. At the risk of sounding negative about a country we both love, I think a big reason for our move was that we were both desperate for a taste of adventure beyond the small town we have always called home.

At the same time, we also wanted to find somewhere to put roots down and to be able to build a life for our family. I am lucky enough to have an Irish passport and due to the fact that Ryan’s gran was born in England, he was eligible for a British ancestral visa. We literally had passports to an opportunity that would shape the rest of our lives and so we took the leap.

Once the decision was made, things moved quickly and before we knew it, we were knee-high in bubble wrap and living out of a suitcase with my parents. It was rather chaotic, but exhilarating at the same time. However, we did not anticipate the emotions we would face once we arrived in the UK. Aside from the fact that the exchange rate was not in our favour and the taxi ride we had to take from the airport to our Airbnb totalled more than my monthly groceries in SA, we had never been homeless or unemployed before.

It’s a very strange and daunting experience, starting off from scratch in a new country, so we were very grateful when my husband Ryan applied for a job and his CV caught the attention of SRM’s recruiter, Paul Craggs. After a phone call, Paul and another recruiter, Tom, met Ryan for coffee. Ryan came home filled with enthusiasm, he knew that he was in good hands.

Paul gave Ryan loads of advice and guidance for each potential role he had in mind for him; discussing what to research, giving background information on the companies and what to expect in the interview process. He found a specific role that really appealed to Ryan and facilitated the process seamlessly until Ryan was totally comfortable and satisfied. The role required four interview stages – all of which Paul was there to support and advise Ryan through.

On chatting further to Paul about our situation, Ryan explained that I was also looking for a job. His SRM Recruitment colleague Tom then started looking at options for me. He rang me up on a Thursday, kindly fetched me from the station to prep me for the interview that afternoon and by Monday morning the following week, I had signed my contract and officially started in my new role. He was very perceptive and accurate when it came to finding the right role for me after discussing what I was hoping for.

The best part about our experience with SRM, through Paul and Tom, was the fact that they didn’t just reassure us, they actively sought to make sure we were looked after and happy in our roles. My brother recently moved over to the UK from South Africa and I didn’t think twice about immediately sending him to SRM for assistance with his job hunting. Tom was fantastic once again and found him a graduate role within a few weeks of his arrival here.

We are so very grateful to Paul and Tom and would absolutely recommend them to others. With all the information and assistance they gave us about the roles and how to deal with the interview processes we both felt so calm and reassured during a period that would have otherwise been stressful and daunting without their guidance and knowledge.”

If you are considering a move to the UK, or have recently moved and need some support looking for a role in finance, tax or wealth management, we’d love to speak to you. Drop us a line and one of our consultants will be in touch as soon as possible.

About Emma and Ryan
My husband Ryan and I were both born and raised in South Africa, in a small town near Durban, on the East Coast. We are both dog-crazy and have two gorgeous hounds (who will be joining us in the UK in March). Ryan is also an avid sportsman who is passionate about cricket, golf and hockey, while I, on the other hand, was not gifted with much hand-eye coordination and prefer reading and the arts!

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