Self-employed agents working for Purplebricks who want to resist the instruction to become fully employed are being wooed by a Midlands operation.
Yesterday Purplebricks announced that by September 1 it wanted to turn its 600 Local Property Experts from self-employed agents into fully employed ones - with chief executive Vic Darvey admitting there will be some resistance from agents who are likely to quit.
Now it appears there is an escape route.
“Come on over to me instead’ says James Forrester, managing director of Birmingham and Lichfield estate agency Barrows and Forrester.
Forrester continues: “The unsuspecting LPEs that have entrusted Purplebricks with their careers will be smarting this week at the changes that are being enforced and their implications.
“It’s quite the about-turn versus the enthusiasm that ‘Purplebricks 1.0’ had for the benefits of their listers not being formally employed. But regardless, I’m currently expanding my areas of representation further and further across the West Midlands.
“I’ll extend this offer to Purplebricks LPEs: If you currently work a West Midlands patch, come and talk to me. I’ll partner with you on a similar basis to PurpleBricks. No messing and in confidence.”
And he concludes: “I won’t let you down as you just have been.”
If you missed yesterday's Purplebricks announcement you can see it here.